Armagh land big coup with Thompson on board as coach

Armagh Hockey Club have announced Greg Thompson as their new long-term head coach, starting in the 2021/22 season in a major coup for the Orchard County club.

Thompson is the former All-Ireland winning Pegasus head coach and recipient of the Ulster Hockey ‘Performance Coach of the Year’, helping the club to the EY Hockey League title in 2019.

Thompson will take charge for the new Ulster Premier League season with EYHL promotion firmly among the targets for the future.

New Armagh coach Greg Thompson.

It is a changing of the guard at Armagh Hockey Club, as they say farewell to Ian Hughes who took charge of the club in 2017 and has made steady progress with a young squad, leading Armagh back to the top flight of Ulster Hockey, with an unbeaten Senior 1 campaign.

Speaking of the announcement, Armagh Hockey Club Chairman – Niall McCool said, “Today marks a new chapter for Armagh Hockey Club. We are extremely proud and excited to have appointed Greg as Head Coach.

“Greg’s CV and hockey achievements speak volumes and so we look forward to much hard work on the pitch and the success that hopefully with follow.

“We believe that the partnership we have with Royal School, Armagh and those forged links can see a combined approach and comprehensive plan for success, at both school and club.”

McCool continued, “On behalf of Armagh Hockey Club, its players, parents and committee members we would like to express our appreciation to Ian Hughes for so professionally leading our club in such a positive way over these past few seasons.

“Ian has been an integral part of the success to date and now we look forward to the next stage in our development plan and fulfilling our ambition and goals with Greg at the helm.”

New coach Greg Thompson remarked: “This is an exciting project that I am really looking forward to starting. I am extremely grateful to Pegasus HC for the opportunity over the past three to four seasons, and will look to bring that experience into my new role with Armagh Hockey Club.

“Given my involvement with the Royal School 1stXI, and my knowledge of that player base I am excited to build upon the club’s current position.

“I believe this is an opportunity to strengthen the links between school and club, which can only be beneficial for everyone involved.”

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