Darren Smith steps down as Irish coach as Graham Shaw takes over

Darren Smith
Darren Smith

Darren Smith has announced he will step down as Irish senior women’s coach at the end of World League Round 3 in Valencia in June, the key qualifier for the Olympic Games, to return to his native New Zealand to be with his family.

His assistant, Graham Shaw, will take on the head coach role with the rest of the current management and coaching team continuing in their respective positions.

Smith linked up with the Irish senior women’s team in January 2013 and has built a side that has undergone a transformation in recent times, becoming a highly effective attacking unit that looks in great shape to contest for an Olympic berth in Valencia.

In 2014, the national side produced its best performance on the world stage in over a decade when they earned a silver medal at the Champions Challenge in Glasgow.