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.”
12 Responses to “Shaw set for Monkstown head coach job”
June 6, 2012 8:25 pm Interested says
Great news for Town. Will he still coach Loreto aswell?
June 7, 2012 12:09 am Leinster supporter says
The glens are in trouble! One presumes fitzer and Brennan will take charge. If not, can they attract an up and coming coach too? Good news for monkstown although this really becomes Grahams first serious men’s coaching job so should be interesting to watch. Considering they have reached national finals over the past 3 years, u would have say anything short of winning at least 1 national title over the next 2 seasons would be dissappointing. Pressure!!!
June 7, 2012 2:01 pm Mark Murray says
Monkstown have done very well to prise him away from Glenanne. Wow, what a coup for them.
June 7, 2012 2:13 pm Vincent Browne says
he will still coach loreto with Gar Evans
June 7, 2012 10:21 pm Shay says
“his really becomes Grahams first serious men’s coaching job”
So coaching glenanne to the league title wasn’t serious!
goodluck to graham on his new position – top coach
June 8, 2012 10:59 am interestered leinster supporter says
any news yet on the moves around leinster, players and coaches?
June 8, 2012 3:41 pm The Future says
Positions re Leinster Senior coaches(men and women)are currently advertised on LHA website and all club secretaries and relevant officials have been notified.
June 8, 2012 5:50 pm Good Lord says
Jaysus man its only the beginning of June- give us a break will ya
June 10, 2012 4:50 pm Monkstown HC says
Delighted to have Sharpie on board. Richard and Didi have done a great job for 2 years and we hope to continue the progress made under their stewardship with Graham.
June 11, 2012 10:57 am Stevie B says
His spirit on the pitch will be missed in Irish Hockey, one of the few players around that plays with passion and commitment every week.
Congrats to Monkstown on signing one of the best coaches around!
June 11, 2012 6:57 pm Taeke Taekema says
A formidable opponent. Besht of luck!
July 1, 2012 7:31 am mark l says
best of to graham. sad to hear your not playing. sure we ll catch you on xmas morning for a game
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