NEW NAGs ASSISTANT COACHES ARE APPOINTED TO JOIN THE REVAMPED PATHWAY
Whilst 2020 had a real effect on our Player Pathway, we have continued to work behind the scenes to get everything in place for when we are able to get our National Age Groups together again.
Following the announcement of the NAGs Head coaches earlier this month, we are delighted to introduce the Assistant Coaches who will join them in the new year.
Joining Head Coach for the U16 Girls will be founder and Director of PerfX Hockey, Stephen Williams.
Williams studied Sports Development and Coaching at Staffordshire University and now works as a full time Hockey professional at Newcastle Under Lyme School. In addition to this, Stephen works with several clubs coaching at both Youth and Senior level.
"The conversations that I've had with the [Hockey Wales] staff so far have been awesome, and I am really excited to be joining the team.
“I can’t wait to get started with the players and I look forward to helping them with their aspirations towards becoming top class hockey players."
Mark Ramage will be working with Head Coach for the Under 18 Girls, Elliot Foweraker.
As a former international hockey player with over 11 years’ experience as a full-time professional coach, Ramage has been fortunate to have coached within the performance pathways of New Zealand, Scotland and England.
He is currently the Head of Hockey at Marlborough College, an England Hockey Performance Centre Head Coach and an active member of the Welsh Hockey Masters where he’s enjoyed competing at European Championships and World Cups.
“Having won a number of national titles both as a player and a coach I’m very much looking forward to sharing my experiences with the young talent of Wales.”
Working with Lee Marshall, Head Coach for the under U16 Boys, will be Mohamed Samak, currently a hockey coach at Malvern College and Stourport HC.
Mohamed represented Egypt for over 7 years, going through the age groups up until Senior International level, and last season was selected for the Over 35s England team.
He currently plays for Olton and West Warks EHL National Div 1 (North) and has played for 3 other National League teams in the UK. Mohamed also spent 3 years playing in the Dutch 1st Division which was a valuable learning experience.
“Using my experience of different hockey cultures including Egypt, Holland and England, I hope my coaching style will reflect my learning from each of these environments and I’m really excited to be able to pass on my knowledge and help Hockey Wales continue to flourish.”
Finally, joining Mike Williamson and the U18s Boys will be Luke Stone.
Having been a coach for around 13 years, Luke has gained experience from a variety of environments including both junior & senior club teams, schools, universities and England Hockey Talent Pathway - from Development Centres through to Futures Cup.
Stone has also coached in the National League having been a player/coach in South Prem and the Head Coach at the Reading Performance Centre for the last 4 years.
“Having played and coached for a number of years in both Australia and England, I perhaps have a slightly different perspective on hockey and coaching.
“My experiences and challenges have all helped shaped the coach that I am now and I’m really excited to meet the players and get started on this new adventure with Hockey Wales.”
Head of Pathway, Kevin Johnson, is delighted with these recent appointments,
“With these appointments we have selected coaches we feel will offer an excellent blend to the Head Coaches they will be working with and who are fully focused on playing their part in creating exceptional environments and experiences for our young players.
“Whilst they all have something different to offer the teams they are working with, they all demonstrated through the interview process that they have a person centred approach to their coaching and I am looking forward to seeing them get to work with our players.”
(L-R: Mark Ramage, Stephen Williams, Luke Stone, Mohamed Samak)