Cookstown coaching crew step down

Michael Haycock, Stephen Cuddy and Stephen McCartney have decided to step down from their roles within Cookstown’s first teams following a hugely successful decade in a variety of roles.
Haycock has been coach of the Co Tyrone club since 2004 and has been the most successful coach in the club’s history, winning 11 major trophies during that time. He coached with Geoff Hamilton from 2004 to 2009 and has worked with Stephen Cuddy for the last five years.

Stephen Cuddy, top centre, celebrates Cookstown's Irish Senior Cup success in 2011 Pic: Adrian Boehm

Stephen Cuddy, top centre, celebrates Cookstown’s Irish Senior Cup success in 2011 Pic: Adrian Boehm

“It has been a great decade of success I would like to thank all the players for their commitment over the years,” he said. “The highlights are winning the Irish Senior Cup and our trip to the EHL.”
Cuddy has been coach since the 2009/10 season, winning the domestic double in his first year and the Irish Senior Cup in his second year. He has won all the Ulster domestic cups twice, and the Irish Senior Cup in the last five years.
“I have been involved with Cookstown first eleven as a player or coach since 1996. The past five years as coach has been a privilege and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to coach my home club. I hope the boys strive for more success and can I wish them luck in the future.”
Stephen McCartney was recruited as lead analyst and assistant coach in 2012.

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