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Kerry excited about combining chief hockey roles

September 2, 2014 18:14 pm

Danny Kerry has no issues with combining his job as performance director with that of head coach as he returns to the role with England’s and Britain’s women’s hockey team.

Kerry acted as head coach as Britain’s women won a first Olympic medal in 20 years with bronze at London 2012 before moving up to become performance director with Jason Lee taking on his role.

However Kerry returned as interim head coach after the World Cup, which saw England finish 11th and Lee soon depart, and led the team to silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

They just missed out on gold after a dramatic penalty shoot out loss to Australia and Kerry will continue to oversee the performance directorate while working as permanent head coach again.

Britain’s women’s hockey squad returns to full-time training this week following a short break after competing for their home nations at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

England will compete in the Champions Trophy in Argentina this November and Kerry is relishing the challenge that now lies ahead for both him and the two national teams.

“I’m highly motivated about the challenge ahead, and I believe that with our athletes, staff and programme, we can continue to challenge the best in the world,” he said.

“At the same time, I’m confident of the processes and structure that we’ve put around my role as performance director, that I will still be able to maintain the strategic oversight needed to give effective direction to performance hockey in Great Britain.

“I look forward to working with this talented group of players and staff, to push hard for further medals at major tournaments, secure qualification for the Rio Olympic Games and to perform as serious contenders in Rio.

“As part of that journey I also aim to leave the programme in a flourishing state for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.”

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