New U18 Hockey Manager & Coach named

Updated: February 12, 2012

Graham Shaw has been appointed as U18 Boys Coach. Graham has played over 150 times for Ireland and since his retirement has taken up a full time coaching position at Rathdown School.

Shaw achieved many highs as a player winning numerous provincial and national titles with his club Glenanne where he is now player-coach..

Since moving into coaching Graham has also been working with Loreto women who won the Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup in 2010. Graham has worked internationally with the Ireland U21s at the Celtic cup in 2010 and was Head Coach for the senior men when they played Egypt last summer.

Newly appointed U18 Manager Mark Murray is an active member of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and brings a wealth of experience to the role as an integral part and current of the successful Lisnagarvey Hockey Club junior section and having played and coached national league hockey in the UK. Mark is also Captain and committee member of the Irish Masters team where he has developed an understanding of the logistical requirements of international hockey.

Performance Director David Passmore commented ‘Sharpy (Graham Shaw) is an excellent appointment for this key group of players. He will bring a natural enthusiasm and passion to the role that the players will feed off and playing experience that will help these young developing players develop a full understanding of what it takes to play at this level of the game. He will also provide great continuity with the senior team having played and coached with Paul Revington.

Mark is also a good appointment given his playing and managerial experience in both a hockey and professional context. For Irish Hockey and this important group of athletes and I feel this partnership will be fruitful in developing these players and providing them with a good basis to move back to the top level of Irish Hockey”.

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