Former India coach Harendra Singh PIC: Hockey India

USA Field Hockey has officially appointed Harendra Singh as the new head coach of the men’s national team, currently 24th in the world.

The Hockey Paper revealed in January that ‘Harry’ Singh was in the process of waiting for his visa approval, with US Hockey set to end its search for a full-time coach after Rutger Wiese’s contract ended.

Singh last coached at senior level with the India men’s team before being axed in January 2019 after the World Cup in Bhubaneswar. He had also coached the India women’s team.

“We are thrilled to have Harry join USA Field Hockey and lead our Men’s program,” said Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey’s executive director. “The US men’s national team showed great progress prior to the Covid-19 shutdown and now with a coach of the caliber and experience of Harry at the helm we are excited for the future of the USMNT.”

Singh said his “enthusiasm knows no bounds” as he sets out “providing tools to players to find their strengths and weaknesses.”

He added: “Developing personalised training programs will surely help the team who have the power to change the tables in world hockey with their sheer grit determination and hard work. I am truly looking forward to being a part of a professional setup. I am excited to become a contributor to the growth of the USMNT by providing ‘Best of Breed’ to our players.

“I’m looking forward to a dynamic relationship as we get ready to challenge the best of the best teams in the years to come.”

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