Graham Reid named chief coach of India men’s hockey team

first_imgHockey India named Graham Reid as the new chief coach of the India men’s hockey team on Monday. The 54-year-old will join the team in Bengaluru shortly for the on-going National Camp at Sports Authority of India.India had been without a head coach ever since Harendra Singh was sacked after the men’s team exited the Hockey World Cup at home in the quarter-final following a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands.The senior national team had recently finished runner-up at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup under interim coach John and analytical coach Chris Ciriello.Have always enjoyed watching India play: ReidExpressing his delight over taking on a new assignment, Reid said, “It’s an honour and a privilege to be appointed as Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s hockey team. No other country has a history in this sport that can compare to India.Reid added: “As an opposition coach, I have enjoyed watching first hand, the steady rise of the Indian team to one of the most exciting and threatening teams in world hockey. I have a passion for the fast and attacking brand of hockey that India plays which marries closely with the Australian style.”Reid will be in charge of the team during their next international assignment — tour to Australia in May 2019.Reid has a decorated playing career as a defender of the Australian National team and was part of the silver medal winning team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.He was also part of the Australian squad that won back-to-back Champions Trophy titles in 1984, 1985 and 1989, 1990. With 130 international caps, Reid took to coaching a national team when he was appointed an assistant coach in 2009 for Australia.advertisement”I am looking forward to working with Hockey India, SAI, MYAS, Support Staff & players for the positive development in the lead up to Tokyo 2020,” says the newly-appointed Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team, Graham Reid! Read more: India (@TheHockeyIndia) April 8, 2019During his tenure, he was elevated to the head coach position and he guided the Australian team to their fifth consecutive Champions Trophy title in 2012.He was named head coach in 2014 where he contributed to Australian squad’s reign as world No.1 team. Under his guidance, they won the World League Semi Final in Antwerp and went on to win the World League Final in Raipur the same year.A member of the Queensland Hockey Hall of Fame, Reid moved to the Netherlands in 2017 to serve as the head coach of Amsterdam Club which he was part of as a player in 1993 and 1994. In his recent stint, he worked as the Assistant Coach for the Netherlands team who won the Silver Medal at the 2018 Men’s World Cup.”Graham Reid is backed by a successful career as a player and also comes with strong coaching experience, having worked with the Australian and the Netherlands national teams. We are hopeful his experience and expertise will help the Indian Men’s Hockey Team achieve desirable results leading up to and at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” stated Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, President, Hockey India.Also Read | Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019: India lose final to Korea as shoot-out woes continueAlso See:last_img read more

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