Dean: I've Always Wanted To Coach

18th November 2019

Dean Ritchie revealed he always wanted to become a coach, as he starts his new role in the Academy, helping out with the under-9s and under-10s.

The 18-year-old, who is still firmly part of Andy Kirk's reserve side, was offered the chance by the Academy and took them up straight away.

"Roger [Arnott], head of the Academy, approached me," Dean told HeartsTV in an exclusive interview. "He knows coaching is something that I’ve always wanted to get into.

"I’m always watching football and thinking about the different sides of it. I decided to get involved with the Academy, and the community as well. I’m enjoying it so far, I’m just trying to find my feet and the find the different levels."

The midfielder is not the first player to get involved in the Academy set-up, with former Jambos Dale Carrick and Angus Beith both coaching separate age groups.
"Speedy [Dale] and Goose [Angus] have given me quite a lot of advice. I think things like that help because you’re going into an environment you’re not used to at all.

"You’re used to playing, you’re used to getting instructions and then you’ve got to give it out to younger players and teach them. But look, it’s a challenge and I’m really looking forward to getting on with it." 

Dean joined Lowland League side Cumbernauld Colts on loan in October, and he will stay there until the winter break. However, he is still available to play for the reserves - making eight appearances so far this season, and captaining them once.
"I think those [Andy Kirk and John Rankin] are two really good people to learn from, they’ve got plenty experience.

"I remember Ranks when he first came in at under-17s, it was his first gig in coaching and he was still playing, I could see how hard it was. That’s the kind of challenge I’m looking for. If there’s ever a time when I’m needing advice or something like that, I know those are two very good individuals to go to and seek advice from."

To watch all of Dean's interview, visit HeartsTV by clicking here.