Our Team


Mike Rogers

Level 3 Qualified Rugby Coach

New England Free Jacks, MLR, USA Assistant Coach 2022 | Chiefs Super Rugby Womens Assistant Coach 2021 | Waikato Womens Assistant Coach 2021 (FPC Champions) | China Lions Head Coach 2020 | Bay of Plenty Steamers NPC Assistant Coach 2019-2020
Specialist Coaching Area: Defence & Set Piece

Mike Delany

Level 2 Qualified Rugby Coach

Bay of Plenty Steamers NPC Assistant Coach 2019-2021 Playing Career: All Blacks, Chiefs & Highlanders Super Rugby, Panasonic Japanese Top League, Clermont France Top 14 & Newcastle English Premiership
Specialist Coaching Area: Attack & Skill Development

Andrew Spraggon

Level 3 Qualified Rugby Coach

World Rugby Coach Educator. ‘Spraggs’ has an extensive history as a club, school and representative Coach both in New Zealand and internationally.
Specialist Coaching Area: Defence & Collision Aspects

Pingi Talaapitaga

Level 3 Qualified Rugby Coach

Bay of Plenty Toa Head Coach 2021 | Tauranga Sports Premier Club Assistant Coach 2020 – 2021 | Bay of Plenty U23 Assistant Coach 2019
Playing Career: Highlanders Super Rugby & Bay of Plenty Steamers (50 caps)
Specialist Coaching Area: Scrummaging, Defence & Collision Aspects

Richard Sylvester

Strength & Conditioning Coach
Richie has 10 years of experience as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. As a former athlete, Richie has an ability to get in tune with his athletes to bring the best out of them in our training environment. Hailing from Canada, Richie has a real passion for all sports and adds huge value and intensity to our Strength and Conditioning programme. Richie is currently studying towards his PHD in speed development through AUT.

Tim Wilson

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Passionate about combining science with coaching to create development-focused training environments and with significant S&C experience, Tim has worked with various groups of athletes ranging from NZ age group football teams to school rowing groups. More recently Tim has been helping develop athletes of all ages at St Kentigern College, Auckland, together with studying toward post-graduate qualifications in strength and conditioning and athlete development. Current Bay of Plenty Volcanix Farah Palmer Cup Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Management Staff:

Nicky October

Administration & Operations Manager
Nicky and Mike Rogers form the Management Team at Inside Running Academy. As the Operations Manager Nicky looks after all the core administrative aspects of the Academy for both players and staff. For any logistic or administrative queries please feel free to contact Nicky at any time – [email protected]