Scott McNeill has just been appointed as Coaching Manager with the English Hockey Board. McNeill, who took up his new post last month, was the Development officer with a responsibility for Talent Identification and Coach Education Programmes at Ulster Hockey.
McNeill spoke exclusively to the News Letter about his new post, his playing career with his beloved Mossley and the future of Ulster Hockey.
“I have been appointed as Coaching Manager. The role is quite broad with the English Hockey Board,” explained McNeill.
“Although I have an understanding of what has gone on before in England I will have to work quickly to get up to speed with specific processes and systems. Fortunately there is a team of people with a coaching remit and my responsibility is to help point that in the right direction.
“Within the early days and weeks I hope to settle quickly in England.
“Fortunately due to an increase in funding there are a number of new positions starting in the organisation at once.
“Within the coaching system it is apparent that there are a few issues to iron out quite quickly but really I don’t expect to be changing anything and hope to continue with the excellent work that was already taking place. Interestingly there is a big emphasis on the development of Great Britain Hockey as well. My line manager which is a new position is GB Head of Coaching Development.”
Danny Kerry, Performance Director, England and GB Hockey, added: “I am delighted Scott has joined the team here at England Hockey.
“He was a standout candidate at interview, demonstrating a passion for coaching, critically combined with a reassuring level of high organisational capacity and insight into the systems and processes that pervade National Governing body systems across the UK.
“I believe Scott will bring a level of insight combined with clarity of process that will move us on significantly.”
McNeill has been a massive fan of hockey since he was no age and he has always been part of the Mossley Hockey Club set up and has represented Ulster all levels from Under 16.