Indian hockey saw another change in the coaching staff with women’s hockey coach Harendra Singh on Tuesday being named chief coach of the Indian men’s team. Harendra has taken over from 44-year-old Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne, who returns to his job as the Chief Coach of the women’s team. Harendra, who led the Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team to the Junior World Cup title in 2016, was appointed as the Chief Coach of the women’s team in September 2017 and saw his team finish at the fourth position at the recently concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. His most important contribution was leading the Women’s team to the 9th Women’s Asia Cup title in Japan last year.
“Harendra Singh brings with himself wealth of experience and has previously managed lots of the Men’s team players during his stints in the Hockey India League and with the Junior teams. While, Marijne’s first stint with the Women’s team was an extremely successful one and we’re sure he will continue to complete well with this team as he has been doing before,” said Mohd Mushtaque Ahmed, Secretary General, Hockey India.
“It is an honour for me personally to now manage the Indian Men’s Hockey team. It is a huge very satisfying journey with the Indian Women’s Hockey team and I wish to thank Hockey India for entrusting me with the new role once we prepare ourselves for an essential season ahead,” Harendra said.
The men’s team underneath the coaching of Marijne finished fifth in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, returning without a medal from the Games for initially since 2006.
“I’m excited to reunite with the Women’s team and will look to target building on the great form exhibited by the team in last six months once we enjoy the Vitality Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018,” Marijne said.