Revington named as new national coach

South African born Paul Revington was named today as Ireland’s new men’s national senior coach.

Revington was the head Coach of the South African Men’s team fro three years where, under his reign, they progressed from 14th to 10th in the world rankings, qualifying and competing in both the 2004 Olympics and 2006 World Cup.

He was appointed by a selection committee, which included representatives from both Sports Councils, a retired senior athlete, the High Performance Director, Chair of the Board and Chief Executive, after a rigorous interview process against internationally recognised coaches from around the world and Ireland.

Chief Executive Angus Kirkland spoke of his excitement at the appointment “On behalf of the selection committee, I am delighted to introduce Paul Revington as the new Men’s National Coach.

“He will take over a team that is shaping up well for 2012, thanks in large part to the hard work Dave Passmore has put in over the last four years. It is an exciting time for Irish Men’s Hockey as we move forward with a world class coach and for the first time a fully complemented High Performance structure.”

Revington will officially commence the position early in the New Year will have an opportunity to see his new team in action against Scotland later this month.

Speaking about the new job, Revington said “It is an honour for me to be appointed as the new Irish Men’s Senior Hockey coach. I have watched the Irish Team and Irish Hockey grow consistently over the years and am excited to become a part this organisation. There is fantastic talent and existing strengths within Irish Men’s Hockey and I look forward to creating a dynamic environment that enhances this talent and strength.”

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