Amy Merricks joined Brighton & Hove Albion as the development squad head coach in July 2015 and in May 2016 she was promoted to the role of First Team Assistant Manager.
Prior to joining, Amy had spells at Gillingham Ladies FC and Millwall Lionesses. She joined as development squad head coach in July 2015, before taking on the role as assistant manager and working alongside interim first-manager, George Parris.
Merricks worked with Parris in the build-up to the successful 2016 Women's Premier League Championship Play-off Final victory over Sporting Club Albion, and the subsequent 2017 FA Women's Super League Spring Series.
Following the appointment of Hope Powell as manager in July 2017, Merricks continued as assistant manager and helped lead the club to an impressive second-place finish in the FA Women's Super League 2 in 2017/18.
Amy has continued to work alongside Powell, and helped guide the team in a ninth-place finish in the FAWSL in 2018/19 and their highest ever finish of sixth in 2020/21.
Amy holds the prestigious UEFA A License qualification and passed the League Managers Association Diploma in Football Management with a distinction in November 2020.
Alex Penny joined Brighton & Hove Albion midway through the 2018/19 season as women’s and girls’ lead goalkeeping coach.
A former youth team goalkeeper at Arsenal, Penny’s coaching experience encompasses over 20 years and a wealth of experience across various clubs.
After starting his coaching career at Bristol City working in the Robins’ academy, Alex has gone on to coach at all levels of the game from youth to first team including at Birmingham City, Derby County, Cheltenham Town, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Alex holds the prestigious UEFA A licence in both outfield and goalkeeping alongside the League Managers Association’s business management qualification.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Ivo Miguel joined Brighton & Hove Albion as the club's women's and girls' lead strength and conditioning coach ahead of the 2015/16 season.
The Portuguese arrived at the club after a spell at Millwall Lionesses. Previously, Ivo completed a Sports Science BSc, whilst working at Associação Atlética de Avanca, and studieda High Perfomance Sport MSc. In addition, he has gained experience with athletes from FC Porto, Sporting CP and Boavista FC via his own project, Off Season.
Ivo has also completed an internship at Legia Warsaw FC and is a regular attendee to numerous conferences. He has a special interest in youth development, growth and maturation.
Lisa Walsh joined the club as the women’s and girls’ lead physiotherapist ahead of the 2018/19 season.
She completed a Sports Science MSc in 2008. Following three years of running a personal training and sports massage business and providing fitness instructor training, she qualified with an MSc in Physiotherapy in 2011.
Since qualifying Lisa has worked for both the NHS and in private practice. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience treating back and neck conditions, problematic shoulders, painful knees and ankles. She has a special interest in female ACL injuries.
As a keen sportswoman herself; Lisa has a particular interest in lower limb sports injuries. Her specialist skills & experience resulted in her selection as a Physiotherapist for the World Athletics Championships in London.
In addition, Lisa has gained experience with Charlton Athletic Women’s team, American Football & Rugby teams in the South East of England.
With an interest in improvement and development, Lisa is nearing completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and recently updated her FA trauma first aid qualification (ATMMiF).
Ed Filmer arrived at Brighton & Hove Albion as the club's women's and girls' lead performance analyst ahead of the 2017/18 season.
He arrived at the club after completing an undergraduate degree in 2011, and joined Aldershot Town as a coach within their academy.
Filmer moved onto Portsmouth FC Ladies, where he took on the role of first-team coach, before completing a masters degree in Sports Performance Analysis at the University of Chichester, while working as an academy performance analyst with Brighton in 2016/17.
He also holds a full UEFA B licence.