Johnny McKinstry, Football Coach

Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Coach and Professional football manager, with experience of coaching in Africa, America and Europe. 

As Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team Coach McKinstry led Rwanda to new heights - securing Rwanda’s best ever performance in a major competition (Quarter-Finals of the 2016 CAF Nations Championship); finishing runner up in CECAFA 2015 (being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for his efforts).

He also secured Rwanda’s biggest ever victory in FIFA or CAF qualifying (5-0 vs Mauritius); securing Rwanda’s first competitive away win in 4 years (vs Mozambique, AFCON qualifying); and placing Rwanda second in AFCON 2017 group qualifying with 6 points (both achievements having only been once before bettered in Rwanda’s history - in 2004).

Prior to that, he was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team from April 2013 - September 2014, at that time the youngest active Head Coach in international football (at only 27 years of age).  

Within just 16 months (August 2014) Coach McKinstry had led Sierra Lone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World - both well above their lowest ever ranking of 172 in 2007, an achievement hailed by Fifa.com as "remarkable"

From Jan 2010 - Dec 2014 he set up and developed the Craig Bellamy Elite Soccer Academy - placing elite young players in Europe, Asia and North America.

 

Coach McKinstry is qualified at the highest level in Europe and America, holding the EUFA Pro license (Irish FA); an Academy Managers' Licence (English FA); Premier Diploma (NSCAA); and UEFA 'A' & 'B' Coaching Licences (IFA) as well as a range of other academic and professional qualifications.

He has been named as 'UK Grassroots Coach of the Year' by Manchester United FC for his work within the football industry and has been recognised nationally in the field of 'Outstanding Team Motivation' for his role in developing and preparing athletes for competition. 

Coach McKinstry has extensive experience of coaching in Europe, North America and Africa.  Over the past decade, he has led numerous teams to league and cup success.  He has also established and ensured the continuous professional development of a national network of football scouts / coaches.

 

Professional Honours

  • 2015 - CECAFA 2015: 'Coach of the Tournament'
  • 2015 - CECAFA 2015: Finalists and runners-up (Rwanda) 
  • 2014 - FIFA World Ranking Record (Record position for Sierra Leone - 50th in World / 7th in Africa)
  • 2014 - Sport NI High Performance Coach of the Year Nominee
  • 2010 - Nike Premier Cup African Champions
  • 2007 - Lucozade Sport Coach of the Year, Runner-up (In recognition of 'Outstanding Team Motivation')
  • 2007 - 'Team of the Year' - Sport Northumbria
  • 2007 - League Champions - Northumbria League
  • 2007 - National Cup Winners - British Universities
  • 2007 - League Champions - British Universities (Northern Conference)
  • 2006 - UK Grassroots Coach of the Year (Awarded by Manchester United FC)
  • 2006 - League Champions - British Universities (Northern Conference)

Qualifications

  • 2015 - Postgraduate Certificate in Performance Coaching (UK)
  • 2007 - BSc. (HONS) Applied Sport Science with Coaching (UK)

Professional Certification

  • 2016 - UEFA Pro Licence (Irish FA)
  • 2013 - Academy Managers' Licence (English FA)
  • 2012 - Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma (Coerver Ireland)
  • 2011 - Premier Diploma (NSCAA - USA)
  • 2009 - UEFA 'A' Coaching Licence (Irish FA)
  • 2009 - National Goalkeeping Diploma (NSCAA - USA)
  • 2008 - National Youth Diploma (NSCAA - USA)
  • 2006 - FA Teaching Certificate (English FA)
  • 2004 - S.A.Q. Level 1 (S.A.Q. Ireland)

Employment History

  • International Manager / Head Coach, Rwanda (Mar 2015 - Aug 2016), Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA)
  • International Manager / Head Coach, Sierra Leone (Apr 2013 - Sep 2014), Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)
  • Academy Manager (Jan 2012 - Dec 2014), Craig Bellamy Foundation Academy, Sierra Leone
  • Technical Director (Jan 2010 - Dec 2011), Craig Bellamy Foundation Academy, Sierra Leone
  • Interim Head Coach (Jan 2010 - Aug 2010), Right to Dream Football Academy, Ghana
  • Pre-Academy Coach (Sep 2007 - Nov 2009), New York Red Bulls, USA
  • First Team Coach (Dec 2007 - Mar 2008), Lurgan Football Club, Ireland
  • Performance Soccer Coach (Sep 2005 - May 2007), University of Northumbria, England
  • Academy Coach (Aug 2006 - Sep 2006), Right to Dream Football Academy, Ghana
  • Player Development Officer (Sep 2004 - Aug 2006), Newcastle United FC, England
  • U16 Head Coach (Sep 2004 - May 2006), Felling Magpies FC, England
  • Community Soccer Coach (July 2002 - Aug 2004), Lisburn Distillery FC, Ireland.

 

 

Career Summary (CV) 

Download Coach McKinstry's Career Summary (CV) in pdf format

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Coach McKinstry celebrates as the Leone Stars move ahead against Tunisia [Sierra Leone vs Tunisia June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)]

 

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Quotes: What the media say

  • McKinstry has experienced much more than the average coach his age. His career has gone from strength to strength, starting in Northern Ireland and England, then via America to West Africa eventually.

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    Damien Edgar Backpage Football
  • There is an almost missionary zeal to Johnny McKinstry's devotion to his job.

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    Daily Mirror
  • The figures do not lie. The six matches on McKinstry’s watch have been World Cup or Cup of Nations qualifiers. They have lost one.

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    the guardian
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