Michael Jolley (born 30th March 1977) is an English football coach.
Born in Sheffield, Jolley was a youth player with Barnsley FC between 1989 and 1993. Between 1995 and 1998 Jolley attended Downing College at Cambridge University where he won 3 'Blues' for representing Cambridge against Oxford University in the Varsity Football match. During his time at Cambridge Jolley gained a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, which was subsequently converted to a Masters Degree.
Jolley's first coaching position was at Crystal Palace Academy, commencing in 2003. Jolley spent 4 years at Palace, during which time the academy produced players such as Victor Moses and John Bostock. In 2007 Jolley left to take up a position with the academy of Nottingham Forest FC. After just over 1 year with Forest, Jolley was appointed High Performance Football Coach at the University of Stirling. This position required Jolley to coach and recruit players to the University's football scholarship program. Jolley oversaw the University's first season in the East Of Scotland League, guiding the team to a 3rd Place finish. Stirling also won the Queens Pak Shield in Jolley's first season. The role also meant that Jolley joined Falkirk FC as an academy coach. In 2008/09 Jolley was also appointed Head Coach of the Scotland Universities Select Team and asked to coach the Scotland Womens International junior squad. Jolley gained a Masters Degree in Sports Coaching during his time at the University Of Stirling.
Jolley left his role as High Performance Football Coach & Falkirk Academy Coach in controversial circumstances in 2009. Jolley was subsequently cleared by the UK Government and both English and Scottich Football Associations to continue all football coaching activity. In 2011 Jolley was invited as one of 16 coaches to participate in the FA Elite Coaches Award. In 2012 Jolley was appointed as First Team Coach at Lincoln City FC in the Blue Square Premier. He left the club in November 2012, financial reasons being cited for his departure.
9/11 & 7/7
Jolley was working in Manhattan, New York, on September 11th 2011, the day of the Twin Towers Terrorist attacks. Jolley's office was located on 5th Avenue and 40th Street, approximately 2 miles from the scene of the attacks. Jolley knew several of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, particularly those from the brokerage firm, Cantor Fitzgerald. Jolley was also resident in London during the terrorist attacks of 7th July 2005; he traveled on the London Underground that day but was not at any of the affected stations.
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