Director of Youth Development
Director of Youth John Bastian is in his fifth season at Warrington Wolves, having joined the club from Leeds Rhinos in 2008. Brought up in Kirkstall John played a large range of sports growing up including Football, Rugby League and Union, Athletics, Cricket, Badminton, Boxing and Table Tennis, the variety of which John believes have given him a great insight into different skills development.
John predominantly played his junior rugby at Milford and West Park Bramhope RU before progressing to Milford open age, at the age of 22 John signed for Featherstone Rovers where he enjoyed five seasons before moving to Dewsbury. Following a playing career John started coaching and worked his way through the community club ranks and then into the professional club coaching at Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos, from assistant service area coach up to U18 head coach and then head of youth.
Away from Rugby John is married to Julie, and has two children - Ellis and Olivia. John enjoys his family time, walking, going to the gym, watching documentaries, and takes an interest in people of interest and knowledge.
Within his role John gets his job satisfaction from supporting the development of others, making a difference and being honest.