Hockey Ireland have appointed their first high performance director since 2012 with the news that Adam Grainger will take on the role, starting at the end of January.
It follows a “rigourous and competitive process” of interviews with Grainger arriving with strong credentials for the role.He holds a PhD, MSc, and BSc in Sports Science and has worked in high performance in a number of positions, most recently as the Head of Performance of the Elite Ad Astra Academy at UCD. Prior to that, he was Head of Performance with Sale Sharks Rugby club.
Speaking about the announcement, Jerome Pels, CEO of Hockey Ireland said: “On behalf of Hockey Ireland, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Adam.
“He has clearly demonstrated his capabilities in previous roles and we are happy to have him joining Hockey Ireland. The competition for the role was very intense and throughout the process, the panel was impressed by the high calibre of candidates.
“Adam is well qualified to take the organisation to the next level, with a deep understanding of the work of high performance. Adam has proven to be a strong leader and fully appreciates the need to build close relationships with the organisation’s key stakeholders. I am confident that Adam will meet the exciting sporting challenges in front of us with knowledge, vision, determination and imagination.”
From Grainger’s perspective, he added: “It is an honour to be asked to be part of Hockey Ireland’s high performance team during what is a very exciting time for the sport of hockey. I am looking forward to working with the Irish hockey community, athletes, coaches and support staff.”
The appointment should ease some of the pressure on the Irish senior coaches with Graham Shaw and Craig Fulton, giving them support in designing their yearly programmes.
The other major task will be the alignment of the player pathway through the junior age groups toward the senior international setup.