26 February 2013

Namibia: Gaffers Cormack and Nel to Coach Hockey Teams

Windhoek — The Namibia Hockey Union (NHU) announced the appointment of Trevor Cormack and Marc Nel as the head coaches of the national men and ladies hockey teams for the next three years.

The pair will be responsible for bringing both the indoor and field hockey teams to a competitive level and to see them through the qualifiers for the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup, to be held in Namibia in early 2014, as well as the FIH Indoor World Cup in Germany in 2015.

Both Cormack and Nel bring a wealth of experience to their positions. Cormack started playing hockey in 1985 and is still active. He has skippered the Namibian men's senior team and for a number of years also coached both the national ladies outdoor and indoor teams. He was the ladies head coach for the Namibian side that qualified for and successfully took part in the FIH Indoor World Cup in Poland in 2011.

Nel started playing hockey during his school days and from 1990 until 1994 was part of the Namibian men's senior team. He has extensive coaching and umpiring experience and was the ladies' assistant coach at the 2011 FIH Indoor World Cup in Poland.

NHU President Robert Offner expressed his gratitude towards Cormack and Nel, adding that he believes these appointments would assist in moving forward some of the goals set by the 2013 NHU Committee to develop the game of hockey in the country and to improve the current planning structures.

The establishment of an artificial surface in Namibia also remains a top priority for the NHU in order to give the teams the best opportunity to be competitive in the world hockey arena.

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