Glenwood High rope in top hockey coach

2014-04-08 00:00

THERE should be no excuse if Glenwood High School’s first hockey team do not perform this season.

The reason? Their coach is none other than Fabian Gregory, the newly appointed head coach of the South African men’s hockey team.

He comes with a good track record, having been the SA women’s assistant coach since 2005 and heading up the SA Hockey coach education portfolio for the past eight years, playing an important role in developing SA Hockey’s coach accreditation framework.

This framework is endorsed by the Netherlands National Hockey Board and the sport’s controlling body, the International Hockey Federation.

He has also been head coach of the SA men’s U17 and U18 teams and the SA U21 women’s side that played at the 2009 Women’s Junior World Cup.

Gregory boasts more than 19 years in the hockey coaching business and has experience at many major tournaments, including World Cups and Test series.

A teacher by profession, Gregory is employed full-time as director of coaching at UKZN and has a solid record as a hockey player and selector. There is also some cricket thrown in as he was a SA U19 Cricket World Cup selector in past years.

It’s no easy task for Gregory who has a busy schedule with the SA men’s team, culminating in taking the side to the World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, from May 31 to June 15.

Thereafter, it’s the Commonwealth Games in Glascow, Scotland, in July.

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