Donegal GAA appoints Aaron Kyles as Games Development Manager

Donegal GAA has appointed Aaron Kyles as the county’s new Coaching and Games Development Manager.

The Naomh Ultan Dunkineely clubman succeeds Michael Murphy (senior) who stood down from the role last December.

Kyles holds an MSc in Sport Performance and is currently a member of the backroom team with Declan Bonner’s Donegal squad.

His coaching career began in Kerry where he was studying a BSc in Health and Leisure with Physical Education Studies at the Institute Technology Tralee. While in Kerry, Aaron coached a number of different club sides and also coached Tralee’s Sigerson Cup team. He gained further coaching experience with clubs in both Cork and Clare before heading to the US to broaden his expertise.

Kyles also spent time in the United States, working for Athlete Training & Health a company specialising in sport performance coaching with high school, collegiate and professional athletes. In this role, he branched into training and performance management across a wide variety of sports including American Football, Baseball and Soccer.

On his return to Ireland, Aaron began actively coaching in Gaelic games again, working with the Kilcar senior football team in 2016 while simultaneously completing a Masters in Sport Performance at the University of Limerick. In 2018, he joined the Sligo senior football squad taking on the role of strength and conditioning coach before joining Declan Bonner’s backroom team with his native county for the 2019 season.