Alan Trigg was born in Leeds in 1959, in family of Eileen and Stanley, he have two older brothers, Steven and Brian. When Alan was born his mother worked in a snooker club and took him in when she was working, they allowed Alan to sit on the snooker table and play with the snooker balls, at 2 years old he was bought a 1 metre snooker table, at 4 years a 2 meters table then advancing to a full size table at 6 years, for the first 6 months he had to stand on a small box to take some shots, all others was with the rest. His father at the time played snooker at a high level locally and taught Alan to play, it was soon apparent how gifted he was at all ball sports, Alan played table tennis, squash, ten pin bowling and other ball sports to a very good level. His first century came at the age of 13, then winning his first major tournament at 15, it was at the same time that Alan became interested in coaching, an old gentleman asked him how he could screw a ball back, he showed him and within 3 minutes he could do it, Alan was hooked from that moment on, as well as playing he read as many books as possible, at first only on snooker, then later on Psychology, Physiology, Technical application, Nutrition, Sports Preparation and many, many more. Alan is an ex professional snooker player himself, boasting of 12 tournament 147 breaks, so when he trains people he can actually show all the shots, this is very rare amongst coaches. Alan is now one of the leading snooker coaches in the world, apart from his playing success which has been considerable, it is his snooker coaching that has made him famous, Alan has been coaching now for over 36 years.
Alan trains coaches to a professional level, he trains snooker and pool at professional, amateur and beginner levels, and occasionally he does exhibitions of snooker excellence, his one handed trick shots are amazing. As one of the leading professional coaches, he is one of a small group of people responsible for the advancement of the game, introducing modern innovations and training the next generation of professional players. Because of his modern training methods, Alan upgrades all standards of coaches, from beginners to the coaches of the players you see on television now. When training a new coach from start to professional level takes between 4/6 years, this includes learning about the psychology of the game, physiology and restrictions of the human body, also an ability to individually assess players and give them what is needed, rather than teaching players by numbers, once a player becomes above a certain standard, then he must be assessed and given individual coaching, this takes the longest to train. Alan started teaching other coaches in 1985, the first big success was a coach called Steve Prest, Steve coached Shaun Murphy to his famous World championship win.
Alan also coaches women, he has a unique approach to teaching women, he believes that with the changes that have been made in the game, also the equipment has improved dramatically that there is no reason why a woman cannot compete with men on an even keel, Alan taught Kelly Fisher, she was the women’s world champion six times and now plays professional pool in America, she is the number 1 there and earns in excess of $500,000 per year.
Alan Trigg about his coaching
«What made me famous as a coach, was training Paul Hunter, i trained him for the age of 11 years old, then after my services become widely required, i have coached most of the top players and now coach some of the coaches of the top players, most of my work is done at the academy in Sheffield, i will be working at the Crucible for nearly all of the competition this year. To coach at my level, the players seem to hang on to my every word, i was speaking with Mark Williams two years ago when he was having problems with his game, all i simply told him was that he was turning too negative and this did not suit his game, since then he has become the player he was, and is doing nicely, so my work with the top players can be a sentence or it can be full hard training over a number of weeks, all the top players have their own coaches, i simply act as a consultant for the players and their coaches».