Hartlepool Sixth Form College

The Coaching Team

Find out who helps Hartlepool Sixth Form College students achieve sporting excellence in the coaching team profiles below.


A combination of academic excellence and performance sport has seen huge growth in the academies and if you look at the quality and pedigree of our academy coaching team its clear to see why. Not only do our students progress to top sporting universities to continue their studies, many also achieve sporting excellence and develop their performance to excellent levels with sport forming an integral part of their college lives. Below are some profiles of the coaching team. Please note that even if we don’t run an academy in your chosen sport, anyone of county standard or above will receive athlete support and a benefits package to help you achieve to the maximum.

Lee Bullock

Lead Academy Football Coach

  • UEFA B Qualified Coach
  • FA Youth Module 1 & 2
  • Current Whitby Town FC Assistant Manager
  • Reds Academy Coach
  • Premier Training Qualified Personal Trainer
Years Team Appearances Goals
1998–2004 York City 171 24
2004 Cardiff City (loan) 10 3
2004–2005 Cardiff City 21 3
2005–2008 Hartlepool United 57 5
2007 Mansfield Town (loan) 5 0
2007 Bury (loan) 8 0
2008 Bradford City (loan) 5 0
2008–2012 Bradford City 115 5
2012–2013 York City 12 0
2012 Gateshead (loan) 7 0
2013 Stockport County (loan) 9 0
2013– Whitby Town 32 2

Johan Olkers

Forwards Coach (Rugby)

Johan grew up in South Africa and played professional rugby for Blue Bulls Rugby Union in Pretoria. He has also played professionally in Ireland as well as holding Head Coach positions in University and Professional clubs in both South Africa and England. He has a wealth of experience in coaching forwards play and has spent a lot of time developing his coaching knowledge as well as holding the prestigious position as forwards coach for Pumas Rugby Union who compete in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup in South Africa. Being a recent addition to the coaching team, we are very excited to welcome someone of Johan’s pedigree and are sure that you will benefit from his excellent knowledge of the game.

Marie Lithgo

Head Netball Coach

Marie is Head Netball Coach of the colleges prestigious Netball Academy and has made a huge impact since taking over in 2013. Marie is currently coaching at an elite level and as well as being the Head Coach at the college she is also British Army Head Coach, South Durham and Cleveland County Head Coach and a qualified England Netball tutor and coach assessor. It’s safe to say that if you want to develop as a player you are in very safe hands and the college run an elite and development team each year. Marie has also captained the Army and Tri-services teams.

Dave Newton

Football Academy Development Team Coach

Dave is Chairman of Greatham Community Football Club which is highly regarded as one of the best Community Clubs in the North East. He has a wealth of experience in coaching from ages 6-18 and is currently involved in the Hartlepool United Development Centre for young players. Dave has recently completed a number of FA youth modules and specific FA professional development courses and works alongside Willie Boland in creating a programme where players of all abilities will flourish.

Ian Hewitt

College Sports Maker, Basketball Coach and England Under 15 Apprentice Coach

Playing experience: EBL Durham Wildcats


Durham Uni Sport Degree Sunderland Uni PGCE Level 3 Basketball Coach

Coaching Experience:

  • Durham Uni Women (3 Years) - Won BUCS Division 1 and achieved Promotion to BUCS (BUSA) Prem
  • Durham Uni Men (5 Years) - Won BUCS Division 3, 2 and 1 and achieved Promotion to the Prem
  • Newcastle Uni Men (5 years) - Won BUCS Division 1 twice, NBL Division 4 North LEague Winners and NBL National Shield Winners