New Head Coach

Posted by Charlie Lankfer on 17 June 2019

The club is pleased to announce that Wayne Masters has agreed to become the club’s head coach. This is great news for the club.

Wayne will oversee all aspects of coaching for both sections of the club as well as hopefully integrating with the Junior section.

If the training on Saturday is anything to go by then we are all in for some great coaching sessions. It’s all about the stick skills

Wayne started his hockey at Pelicans as a 7-year-old and broke into the 1st team at 14, he also represented the County and East at all age groups. At 18 a career in the Armed Forces started culminating in becoming a member of the elite Parachute Regiment. His hockey continued when not away on operations and captained/managed and coached both the Army and UK Forces teams.

Wayne then moved onto Masters Army hockey and taking on the role of Ladies Army coach, this involved Indoor and Outdoor National League campaigns with an unbeaten record outdoor for 3 years.

Recently retiring from the Army Wayne then focused more on playing and coaching at various levels including developing players and coaches to further their own individual hockey careers.

While still living in Colchester Wayne has been heavily involved with Colchester Hockey Club over the years but over the last 18 months the committee has been in talks with Wayne to bring him home! Wayne played for the club for the 2nd half of last season and was impressed with the set up/aspirations and attitude of the club that he has agreed to this role.

The club is keen to get both the Men and Ladies playing at the levels it has been at in the past and we believe Wayne has the knowledge and experience to take us on this exciting journey.

Wayne’s philosophy of train hard/fight easy will help us as a club to push forward to the next level, the commitment required to succeed is a big ask but if we can implement that and do all we can then everything will fall into place.

 

Further announcements to follow on coaches who will be working alongside Wayne to bring the best opportunities to all.

Please look out for more details of when proper training starts but, in the meantime, please continue to support Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as these are great ways of getting the body and mind working for the season ahead.

 

I’m sure you will all join the committee in wishing Wayne well in his new role

 

 

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