PJ Nolan

Coaching Level: EBSA Level 1

Coaching Level: Level 2 – 1st4Sport

Coaching Licence: Snooker: Overseas Coach

Resident Club: SBI Centre of Excellence HQ in Carlow


I work full time as the National Coach and Developmental Officer for Snooker & Billiards Ireland who are the National Governing body for Snooker & Billiards in the Republic of Ireland.

Full time professional snooker coach with over 25yrs experience, coaching in Ireland, Europe, Asia and Africa representing the SBI Association. I am also the Head Coach of the European Billiards & Snooker Association qualifying coaches all across Europe.

I am the Resident Head Coach at the SBI Centre of Excellence HQ in Carlow.

I have coached many professionals who have competed on the World Snooker Tour plus many of world’s leading amateurs snooker players: Ken Doherty, Fergal O’Brien, Aaron Hill, Davy Morris, Ross Bulman, David Hogan, Rodney Goggins, Brendan O Donoghue, Jason Devaney, Greg Casey, Josh Boileau, Florian Nüßle, Bulcsú Révész, Nicolas Mortreux, Andreas Ploner, Mohammed Shehab and Shachar Ruberg.

I have coached in Iran, Austria, Israel, Belgium, Egypt, Romania, India, Malta, Qatar, Bulgaria, UAE, France, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic and Holland.

I fell in love with the coaching game when I started to coach my brother Michael to play snooker and he went on to play for Ireland in the 1993 Home Internationals in Blackpool. I then started to coach all around Ireland and coach a number of Irish Champions.

In 1997 WPBSA Coaching Director Terry Griffiths travelled to Ireland set up an official Irish Coaching Foundation and I then became a full-time coach. I later became a WPBSA Coach in 2011. I was lead coach at the WPBSA Cue Zones during the World Championships in Sheffield. In 2021 I became a 1st4sport Level 2 WPBSA Coach and was invited to be part of the new WPBSA International Coaching Advisory Panel.


County Carlow, Ireland