Mark Robinson - Head Coach
'Robbo' joined the Club in 2004 and after huge success coaching one of the younger age groups he was given the task of totally restructuring the youth set-up so that we could earn Centre of Excellence status if we returned to the league. With the introduction of EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan) meaning that Academy Managers could not coach and manage teams, Robbo filled various roles including Head of Coaching and Head of Football, leading the way forward for all matters to do with football and culture at academy level, whilst also managing the Under-18s.
Robbo's Mark's astute coaching skills really came to the fore when he guided our Under-18s to the last-16 of the FA Youth Cup in 2015/16, the young Dons knocking out Watford and Newcastle away from home before bowing out to eventual winners Chelsea. Robbo guided the young Dons into the last-16 of the national competition again a season later. In 2019 he was appointed as Lead Professional Phase Coach and set-up a loans department for our young professionals.
Gradually given more responsibilities in the first-team coaching set-up by Wally Downes, and then Glyn Hodges, Mark took over as Interim Manager after the latter's departure. He was appointed as Head Coach on 17 February 2021.
Rob Tuvey - Assistant Head Coach
Rob moved up from Under-18s manager to first-team coach in 2020-21 season, and after a successful period in which the first team ensured survival in League One, was confirmed as our Assistant Head Coach ahead of 2021-22, continuing a rise up the ladder that started when he coached the Academy Under-7s.
Ashley Bayes - Goalkeeping Coach
Ashley Bayes became the Club's first full time goalkeeping coach in June 2013. Bayzo has over a decade of coaching experience, as well as a long playing career at clubs such as Torquay, Stevenage, Leyton Orient and Brentford.
Tim Maynard - Physiotherapist
Sports Physiotherapist with over 16 years' experience working within professional and semi-professional sport. That experience spans multiple settings within the NHS, private practice, and Fulham FC first team.
Chris McConnell - Sports Scientist
Chris joined the Club from Millwall after three-and-a-half years with the Championship side, serving most recently as first-team Assistant Sports Scientist after initially working with the Under-23 squad with former Dons skipper Paul Robinson. Chris has also worked at Watford and Charlton.
Find out more about Chris in his first Dons interview.