Meet the Team
BA (Hons), MSc.
Director and Head of Athlete Development
Registered Football Association Intermediary & Registered Rugby Football Union Agent
Jesse’s life has revolved around professional sport and education, a former elite gymnast and international rugby player; representing the USA in the Rugby World Cup in 1999, whilst also playing professionally in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
Jesse is a RFU Level Four Rugby Union Coach, and has worked in the professional arena in Association Football and Rugby Union. Athlete development is his passion and he has a vast amount of experience in a wide range of sports in this field, with male and female athletes. In recent years Jesse has been Director of Sport and Head of Rugby and Sports Science at a leading independent school, as well as managing very large elite sporting programmes. He has identified and managed a number of very high profile international athletes in a range of sports through the years, and continues to support their careers long after they retire.
He developed Furyan Sports Management to do things differently in the work space, and his combination of work ethic, integrity and passion for his athletes is second to none. The unique experience of international sportsman, coach and mentor enables Jesse to connect with his athletes on a very personal level, in order to develop the individual as well as the athlete and their families.
Rugby Union Personal Development Mentor
The South African-born hooker joined Wasps in 2012 and has become one of the side’s most experienced players, with almost 200 appearances under his belt and having captained the Club on a number of occasions.
Springbok international Johnson joined Dai Young’s squad from Free State Cheetahs who he had represented in the Currie Cup since 2006.
During this time, Johnson was also a Super Rugby regular with the Bloemfontein-based franchise and in 2011 was awarded his three international caps during the Tri-Nations series.
Johnson spent a season at hooker during his early career, but was mainly used as a back-rower renowned for his powerful ball-carrying and ferocious tackling.
A consistent string of fine performances enhanced this reputation during his first three seasons in England, since when Johnson appeared to equally good effect at both blindside-flanker and hooker.
This flexibility has provided his club with plenty of options when selecting a matchday 23, and further underlined his value to the squad.
At the end of the 2018/19 campaign, Johnson had made 187 appearances for the Club, including 39 tries.
Ashley joins the team looking after the next generation of Furyan Rugby Talent, and has developed the Furyan Rugby Division in South Africa.