Danny Kerry is new England/GB Hockey performance director

[img_assist|nid=6798|title=New challenges|desc=England/Great Britain’s performance director Danny Kerry. Photo: Ady Kerry-England Hockey|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=192]LONDON, December 12 -Danny Kerry has been appointed as England Hockey’s new performance director.

The 42-year-old, who guided Great Britain women to bronze-medal success at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will start his new role in January.

Kerry had been the head coach of the England and Great Britain women’s hockey teams since 2004. He succeeds David Faulkner who stepped down as performance director after almost eight years in the role.

“My new role in performance sport represents significant but exciting challenges for me. Hockey has undergone a lengthy period of change since I began as head coach,” Kerry said.

“The Single System player pathway has been implemented and our governance has evolved and is now seen as a model for others. The national teams have trained at a level of professionalism never before seen in our history and as a result we have won medals at world and Olympic level. We have seen significant progression in our standing internationally, not just in terms of the performances of our national teams but also in our ability to host world level events.

“How we move on – the high expectations we set of ourselves to continue to grow – is something I look forward to now focusing my energies on with our first class and highly experienced performance team. I am excited about the possibilities the future holds. I would like to express my gratitude to the work of my predecessor David Faulkner. He brought to this position an enormous energy, industry and personality which will be hard to replace and will be universally missed.”

Kerry will be responsible for overseeing the programmes of the England and Great Britain senior and junior national teams, and coaching development and the player pathway in England.  The position carries with it responsibility for Great Britain with England Hockey being the ‘nominated country’ for the home nations. He will also become one of five executive directors of England Hockey.

Kerry’s first coaching role came at Brunel University, whom he led to five consecutive British Universities finals while lecturing there. A former player with Pelicans, Loughborough University and Southgate, he has coached Ealing Ladies and Canterbury Ladies, who he led to the silver medal in the European Cup Winners Cup. Prior to his appointment as Head Coach to the senior women’s squad, he worked with the England U18 boys, England U21 Men and England ‘B’ women’s squads.

Kerry will begin his new job on Wednesday 2 January 2013. The recruitment process to appoint a new coach for the England and Great Britain women’s teams will commence in the New Year.