Shaw set for Monkstown head coach job

Graham Shaw will take on the coaching reins at Monkstown as their men’s senior coach for 2012/13, switching from his player-coach role that he held with Glenanne.

In making the move, the announcement also served as notice of his retirement from playing, ending a remarkable career which has seen him win everything in the domestic game with the Glens as well as the 2008 EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy in Paris.

Locally, that career ended on a high, ironically at Rathdown, where the Tallaght club won their sixth Leinster league title, pipping the Town to the trophy on the final day of the season.

The new post adds to his growing coaching portfolio that includes the Rathdown head of hockey position, Irish U-18 boys head coach and Loreto first team boss with whom he has already won an Irish Senior Cup.

Announcing the move, a Monkstown club statement expressed their delight at their new signing:

“Graham brings experience of 150 caps for Ireland together with an outstanding playing career with Glennane where he won all the honours in national and local competitions together with European and EHL success.

“Over the past two years, Graham has developed into one of the up and coming coaching talents in Ireland guiding Glennane and Loreto to success and working with the National Senior and JAG squads.

“The Town recognise the difficult decision Graham has made retiring as a player to develop as a top class coach. We look forward to working with him to develop the young talent the club has to elevate the club to higher levels in Ireland and on into Europe.”

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