Head Coach & Academy Director
Darren Wassall has been in charge of the Academy at Derby County since April 2009 - and was appointed as Head Coach until the end of the 2015/16 season in February 2016.
During his tenure as Academy Director, a number of players have progressed through the ranks into the first-team set-up including Will Hughes, Jeff Hendrick, Jamie Hanson, Mark O’Brien and Mason Bennett.
In the summer of 2014, Wassall successfully oversaw Derby’s bid to achieve Category One status under the Elite Player Performance Plan.
Wassall featured over 120 times for the Rams, after being brought to the Club by Arthur Cox.
He joined Derby in the summer of 1992 and soon gained a reputation as a reliable defender.
He was also a member of the side that won promotion to the Premier League under Jim Smith in 1997, before he left the Rams in 1997 to join Birmingham City.
First Team Coach
Pat Lyons was appointed as First Team Coach at Derby County in February 2016, joining Darren Wassall’s coaching staff having worked with him at Academy level for several years.
He was a player in Derby’s youth system as a youngster and went on to play non-league football for Burton Albion and Worcester City.
Lyons began his coaching career at the age of 19 and spent five years working in Derby’s Academy before moving to Stoke City to join their youth set-up. At the time, during his first spell at Derby, he was the youngest coach at the time to pass his UEFA 'A' licence at the age of 24.
He went on to link up with Wassall at Burton Albion, working as Youth & Reserve Team Assistant, and also has experience of coaching in America and Australia. He re-joined Derby following Wassall’s appointment as Academy Manager in 2009 and worked alongside the Under 18s and Under 21s as a Professional Development Coach.
First Team Coach
Craig Short was made part of Derby County’s first-team coaching staff in February 2016 after initially joining as an Academy coach earlier in the year.
After Darren Wassall was appointed as Head Coach until the end of the 2015/16 season, Short was named as part of his backroom team.
Short played 143 games for Derby following a £2.65m transfer from Notts County in September 1992 and also served Scarborough, Everton, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United while making 664 career appearances in total between 1987 and 2007.
Upon hanging up his boots he managed Hungarian side Ferencvaros in 2009/10 as well as Notts County at the start of the 2010/11 season in League One.
Short joined Derby as Head of Recruitment in the Academy between September 2011 and June 2013 before becoming part of Gary Bowyer’s first-team coaching staff at Blackburn Rovers, prior to his departure before the end of 2015.
First Team Coach
Paul Clement’s backroom staff at Derby County was strengthened with the appointment of Kevin Phillips as assistant coach in September 2015.
The former England international striker joined Derby from Barclays Premier League side Leicester City, where he acted as first team coach under Nigel Pearson and Claudio Ranieri.
Phillips, 42, scored 287 goals in 665 professional appearances during his 20-year playing career, which included nine and a half seasons playing Premier League football and featuring eight times for his country.
Phillips’ professional playing career began in 1994, when he joined First Division Watford from Baldock Town before, after three years at Vicarage Road, he joined Sunderland in 1997.
He scored 35 times in 48 appearances in his first season with the Black Cats, followed by 25 in 32 outings as he helped fire Sunderland to the top flight in 1998/99.
Phillips took to the Premiership like a duck to water, scoring an impressive 30 goals in 36 league appearances in the 1999/2000 campaign. As a result, he became the first Englishman to receive the European Golden Shoe, as well as the Premiership Golden Boot and Player of the Season Awards.
Phillips remained a regular on the scoresheet during the next three seasons at the Stadium of Light before moving to Southampton, where he was a trainee in his early years, in 2003.
His next three moves were all to West Midlands clubs, Aston Villa (2005/06), West Bromwich Albion (2006/07 & 2007/08) and Birmingham City (2008/09, 2009/10 & 2010/11) before rounding of his playing days with Blackpool (2011/12 & 2012/13), Crystal Palace (2012/13 & 2013/14) and eventually Leicester City (2013/14) at the age of 40.
In total he scored 250 league goals with FA Cup, League Cup, Play-Off and European matches making up his final total.
During his career, he achieved promotion to the top flight on five occasions, with Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City, Crystal Palace and Leicester City - as well as lifting the League Cup whilst at Birmingham.
Early in 2015, Phillips received the Tom Finney Award at the annual Football League Awards to mark his achievements in Football League competitions.
Pascal Zuberbühler became the club’s goalkeeping coach in late June 2015.
Throughout a decorated playing career, Zuberbühler played at the highest level for club and country.
His main success came in his native Switzerland at club level, where he went on to lift six Swiss league titles and three cups as well as play Champions League football over a 14 year spell that started at Grasshopper Club Zurich and took him to FC Basel.
On the international stage, he earned 51 caps for Switzerland featured in Euro 2004, Euro 2008 and the 2006 World Cup, the latter where he kept four clean sheets in four games as the Swiss bowed out to Ukraine on penalties in the last-16.
His performances earned him a move to the Barclays Premier League, where he played first for West Bromwich Albion, before finishing his career at Fulham after a brief spell back in Switzerland where he helped Neuchâtel Xamax earn promotion.
Zuberbühler has held the position of goalkeeping coach on three separate occasions with the Philippines national side as well as at Swiss top flight side BSC Young Boys.
Dr Bryan English
Chief Medical Officer
Dr Bryan English was added to Derby County’s backroom team during the summer of 2015.
English, who qualified in medicine in 1986, previously held the position of Medical Director at Chelsea between 2005 and 2011.
English worked under Jose Mourinho, Luis Filipo Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti during what is regarded as the most successful spell in the club’s history.
After leaving the Blues he also spent time working at Middlesbrough, while he has gained experience on the highest level in the field of Ice hockey, basketball, judo, track and field and tennis – as well as football.
English was also the Medical Director for UK Athletics at the Olympic Games in 2004.
Neil Sullivan is Derby County’s Head Physiotherapist following his arrival at the club in 2008.
He had previously held the same position at Oxford United over two spells - as well at Peterborough United - between July 2001 and September 2008.
Sullivan has degrees in Sports Therapy BSc (Hons) and Master of Science Advancing Practice (MSc).