The current Wales Men’s Squad Head coach, Zak Jones, will soon be taking up a new role having been appointed Men’s Assistant Coach with Great Britain Hockey.
Jones has always been one to watch. Having taken the men’s national team to their highest ever FIH World Hockey ranking following promotion to the EuroHockey Championships for the 2019 competition, Zak was nominated as a finalist for the High-Performance Coach of the Year in the prestigious UK Coaching Awards.
Speaking about his new role Zak described his thoughts about the new appointment, great times with the Welsh team and the positive impact the 12 years he has had within the Welsh coaching set-up has had on him,
"I am obviously honoured and humbled to have been appointed to the GB role and excited by both the challenge and opportunity it presents.
“As a passionate Welshman, the decision to step down was not an easy one, nor one that was taken lightly. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players and staff that have contributed to the cause throughout my time with the organisation.
“Closest to my heart are the current group of staff and players, who are just an incredibly special group of people. I am so proud of them and what they have achieved, but perhaps more importantly, I am prouder of the way they have carried themselves and represented Wales both on and off the pitch.
“We have shared some unbelievable times, made memories that will last a lifetime and thoroughly enjoyed doing it! It has always been a team effort and I will be forever grateful for all the sacrifice, commitment and time they put in.
“Rest assured, I will be supporting from a distance and look forward to seeing where the next stage of their journey takes them as there is still so much more to come from this group."
Hannah Bevan, Head of Development for Hockey Wales explained the Governing Body’s position on the appointment,
“We have been honoured to have Zak in the Wales coaching set up for a number of years and have seen the huge difference he has made, notwithstanding the current World Ranking the men hold.
“Whilst this is a loss for Wales, it is a huge gain for GB and just goes to show the calibre of Zak’s coaching.
“Everyone at Hockey Wales and the wider hockey family are incredibly proud and would like to congratulate him on this appointment with GB.”
Good luck Zak from everyone at Hockey Wales.