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Armagh Ladies appoint ex-Irish star as Head Coach.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Armagh Ladies appoint ex-Irish star as Head Coach. thumbnailIan Hughes

Armagh Ladies Hockey Club has appointed former Ulster and Ireland international goalkeeper Ian Hughes as their new Head Coach.

The club are delighted to have appointed a coach with such top level experience and are keen for the new man to help propel the side back into the Premier League.

"We are delighted to announce Ian Hughes as our new Ladies Head Coach," said club spokesman, Niall McCool.

"Ian is a former Ulster & Irish Senior player with a record of success at club level, bringing a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge to the role. Ian will also strengthen a very vibrant and talented coaching team within the ladies club.

"We are excited to be working with Ian, we are confident our players can only get better under his leadership.

"He has played at the top level so that added professionalism will rub off on the players and indeed everyone else at the club." Hughes also has strong links with Ulster Hockey. His day job is Ulster Hockey's Active Club Co-Ordinatior and while it wasn't the reason Armagh appointed him, a closer link between the local club and Ulster Hockey comes as an added bonus.

"Ian has been around the Ulster and Ireland set-ups since he was a teenager, playing U16, U18, U21 and Senior hockey," said Niall.

"At club level he has won the Irish Senior Cup with Cookstown in 2011, four Ulster League titles, four Kirk Cup winners medals, two Anderson Cup wins ansd a Euro Hockey League win in 2011/12. This level of experience is the reason we believe Ian can be very successful at our club.

"Our priority is returning to the Premier League and we will certainly be doing all we can to achieve this.

"We have a talented bunch of players and with Ian now at the helm we are hoping to begin the new campaign with a spring in our step.

"The appointment has given everyone at the club a real lift and we are just excited about seeing how the team develops under Ian."

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