Ice Hockey - Kerry to take England Hockey role

Danny Kerry will step down as head coach of England and Great Britain's women's hockey teams to become performance director at England Hockey.

Ice Hockey - Kerry to take England Hockey role

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Danny Kerry

The 42-year-old had been a head coach since 2004, overseeing the most successful period of the team's history in the process.

And the shining moment came earlier this summer when Kerry led Great Britain's women to Olympic bronze with victory over New Zealand.

But now he has moved on to become performance director, where he will be responsible for overseeing for the programmes of the England and Great Britain senior and junior national teams, and coaching development and the player pathway in England.

And Kerry insists he is chomping at the bit to get going, with him set to take up his new role as of January 2.

"My new role in performance sport represents significant but exciting challenges for me," said Kerry, who not only led Great Britain to its first Olympic hockey medal in 20 years but also won World Cup bronze, two Commonwealth Games medals, four European Championship medals and two Champions Trophy medals during his stint as head coach.

"Hockey has undergone a lengthy period of change since I began as head coach. The Single System player pathway has been implemented and our governance has evolved and is now seen as a model for others.

"The national teams have trained at a level of professionalism never before seen in our history and as a result we have won medals at world and Olympic level.

"We have seen significant progression in our standing internationally, not just in terms of the performances of our national teams but also in our ability to host world level events.

"How we move on - the high expectations we set of ourselves to continue to grow - is something I look forward to now focusing my energies on with our first class and highly experienced performance team.

"I am excited about the possibilities the future holds. I would like to express my gratitude to the work of my predecessor David Faulkner.

"He brought to this position an enormous energy, industry and personality which will be hard to replace and will be universally missed."

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