Mike Heskin will move on from the role as Hockey Ireland chief executive to a new post as Director of Sport at NUIG, it was announced today.
Heskin has been CEO of the organisation for the past three years, presiding over some seismic shifts in the sport. He was as the forefront of the push toward the full-season Irish Hockey League and has played a key role in sourcing new sponsors EY as well as Subway for Under-18 competitions.On the performance front, Ireland’s men have qualified for the Olympics for the first time during his tenure. Crucially, he employed coach Craig Fulton as national coach to take over from Andrew Meredith who parted ways with the IHA midway through his contract.
Speaking about the departure, Chair of the Board, Rob Johnson, and Hockey Ireland President, Richard Kendrick said: “We would like to congratulate Mike who has found a new career closer to his home and family in Galway, and wish him continued success with his new role.
“Mike has been CEO of Hockey Ireland for three years and, in that time, he has implemented many beneficial changes and raised the profile of hockey in Ireland both nationally and internationally.
“One of Mike’s many strengths is his ability to build relationships both internally within the hockey community, and outside with many other important bodies related to sport in Ireland, EHF and FIH, along with our sponsors.
“With Mike’s moving on, he will leave a vacancy that will be challenging to fill. The Board have initiated a process that will ensure the change will be as seamless as possible.
“We wish him and his family the very best for the future and we are sure we will find him watching hockey from the side-lines in the west.”
Speaking about his time at Hockey Ireland, Heskin said “I have really enjoyed my time with Hockey Ireland and hope that I have made a contribution.
“Hockey Ireland is entering a very exciting time and, I believe, in the capable hands of the current staff and board, it will blossom and reach its full potential.
“It is especially pleasing to see one of our senior international teams qualify for an Olympics, the launch of the EY Hockey League domestically, the roll out of the Clubmark project and all under our new brand of Hockey Ireland. I wish everybody in hockey every success.”