Current Irish international Joe Brennan has taking over the coaching reins at Three Rock Rovers for the 2012/13 season, taking over from Arul Anthoni.
The Malaysian vacated the post three weeks ago, taking up the assistant coach role in his homeland, continuing his association with Paul Revington. But the Grange Road club moved quickly to secure Brennan who has been out of on-field action since the early part of this year due to injury and is looking to use his recuperation time to also boost his coaching experience.
He brings with him a wealth of knowledge, garnered over 69 international caps, notably in the back four in last August’s European championships in which Ireland finished fifth.
On the domestic front, he captained Glenanne for four seasons with whom he six Leinster league titles, three Irish Senior Cups, the All-Ireland league crown, the EuroHockey Trophy and helped his club reached the EHL KO16.
Speaking about the new appointment, he is looking forward to the new challenge ahead with a club who will also see the return of Mitch Darling after three years playing professionally in Europe with KHC Leuven (Belgium), Den Bosch and SCHC (both in the Dutch Hoofdklasse).
“With my knee injury stopping me playing for almost a season and it not looking likely that I will be back playing in the immediate future, it was only natural that I took a step into the coaching side of hockey, which is something I had always wanted to do,” Brennan said.
“Leaving all my friends in Glenanne was very difficult. I have played there for 22 years and we have had wonderful success there so to leave my best friends and family was a tough decision and I would like to thank all those members who have given so much to me and the club throughout the years.
“I am really excited about taking on the Three Rock role though. The balance of senior players and youth in the team was something that really attracted me to the role.
“The potential for the squad to achieve this year is really there and I’m looking forward to getting out on the training pitch with them. The return of Mitch Darling is also great news for any coach coming into a club.
“I have been very lucky with a strong management group around me in the club and really delighted to say that Brendan Parsons has come on board as assistant coach. Brendan has been a central figure in Glenanne successes throughout the years and its a really positive move for myself and Three Rock to have him on board.
“Myself and Brendan will look to bring technical and tactical knowledge with us as well as a winning mentality and hard working ethic which we look to come across in the Three Rock side.”
Three Rock will open their league campaign on September 15 against Brennan and Parsons’ former team mates in Glenanne Park.
Elsewhere, Linda Ingram has been appointed as the Irish women’s senior manager until the end of the Women’s Champions Challenge I which will gets underway in Dublin in late September.
She brings with her experience from several roles in Railway Union as well as experience as a tournament official and director while this year she took on the role of Irish girl’s U-18 manager. Ingram takes over from Sally Ann Fanagan was stepped down from the role in the wake of the Celtic Cup.
Dave Passmore, who has recently stepped down as High Performance Director with the IHA, has hooked up with Muckross to work with their coaches at both junior and senior club level.
Passmore will be part of the club’s efforts to develop their unique coaching philosophy with a view to increasing club performance at all levels. After initial meetings, he is likely to be in situ approximately once a month, working with the coaches and players and will contribute to the Hockey Section of the club’s strategic review.
7 Responses to “Brennan takes on Three Rock coaching role”
July 18, 2012 7:42 am Uber Deutschland says
Wow, so Glens have lost Graham Shaw, Joe Brennan and Brendan Parsons all in one quick swoop..!!
That’s a disaster for them to say the least
July 18, 2012 1:12 pm jim says
Glens look set to finish outside top 5 in Leinster for first time in a decade. They usually have a touch of class to add to the battle. Battle alone will not be enough for them looking at the teams around them. Huge risk taken by Rovers, but could well pay off.
July 18, 2012 5:37 pm Queso says
Best of luck to Joe and Brendan. As the article mentions they bring with them a wealth of playing experience, success and importantly that winning mentality at all levels.
If their coaching can inspire that in the up and coming players along with some of the veterans then Rovers may very well be onto a winning combination!
July 18, 2012 10:50 pm Leinster top tier says
I think it’s a great move for Joe and Brendan. Rovers have one or two players returning and new coaches always create a positive vibe in any club. Probably the most likely of the bottom 4 teams to improve this last seasons league position irrespective of coach. Top 4 potentially is my guess. Smart move lads. Glens will still make top 4 but only just.
July 19, 2012 2:19 am HockeyCrowd says
This makes the opening day a far more exciting prospect. Although there are some pretty mouth watering ties. I think I will go see what will probably be a hostile encounter up in Glenanne Park.
July 20, 2012 10:20 am Kay says
The end of an era for Glenanne.
All their top players over past decade are gone and haven’t been replaced
Bottom half of the table for sure
July 21, 2012 5:39 pm Cmon says
Dont be so sure about that. Glenanne have a huge amount of grit and resilience and have proved in the past they have a great ability to grind out results.
I very much doubt they will be in the bottom half of the table. Joe barely played last season and they still won the league.
You never know who they have gotten in to replace others.
Surprised to see how many people have written them off
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