Coaching Staff


Director of Volleyball

Colin Paterson


The appointment of a Director of Volleyball is quite unique for Scottish university sport, with very few universities in Britain, let alone Scotland, committed to developing the sport of volleyball to such a degree. 

Colin Paterson joined the University in 2012 after a successful career playing both Volleyball and Beach Volleyball at the highest levels in England and Scotland, winning many tournaments along the way, and earning four Scottish Beach Tour Championship titles. 

In addition to his role at the University as Director and Men’s Head Coach, Colin is also the current head of the Scottish Junior Beach Volleyball Programme, having previously overseen the Senior National Beach Volleyball squads for three years as Head Coach and is a former President of the Scottish Beach Volleyball Commission. 

Women’s 1st Team Coach

Shelly Paterson


Shelly has played volleyball at a high level both indoor and on the beach. She is a former Director for the Scottish Volleyball Association and has previously worked as a member of the Coaching Commission for Scottish Volleyball. Shelly continues to play the game of Beach Volleyball and is a qualified Grade II Beach Volleyball referee, having officiated at the World Championships in Rome in 2010 and also scoring the London 2012 Olympic Men’s Gold Medal match between Brazil and Germany. 



Women’s 2nd Team Coach

Jack McKeown


Jack is an experienced Volleyball and Beach Volleyball player, having played at the top level in Scotland in both codes. He is a Scottish Beach Tour Champion and has represented Scotland in Beach Volleyball, playing with our Director, Colin. Players are developed within his squad, some of which are then selected for the 1st team squad. 



Strength & Conditioning Coach

Allan Gartshore

Allan has worked within the University’s Department of Sport and Exercise for several years now and brings a wealth of practical training experience to the table.

Having competed in several different sports (including football, kickboxing and triathlon) he understands what it takes to compete at a high level.Over the years Allan has picked up many fitness qualifications and has several years experience working as a Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor, before moving into a more sports performance based role.

Allan has been an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC), with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association since 2008 and continues to attend all the workshop and conferences available, to ensure he remains at the cutting edge of applied research. As well as his work for the University, Allan also works part-time with the Scottish Institute of Sport, as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as working with Dundee United Football Club – providing both field based, and gym based strength and conditioning support.