Hockey India have appointed Herman Kruis, who has made great strides with Belarus in recent years, as its new high performance director.
The Dutchman will assume the role until September, overseeing the National Junior and Senior programs of Hockey India, including the Coaches Education Pathway among other tasks.
Kruis has over two decades of coaching experience, and was earlier appointed as coach of Indian Men and Junior Women’s teams to oversee their preparations for the Junior World Cups.
Kruis has worked with Den Bosch women as head coach and during his tenure the team won the European Cup eight times in a row. He was also Netherlands indoor coach from 2006 to 2008 and outdoors from 2008 to 2010.
In his most recent stint, he was the head coach of the Belarus indoor and outdoor team from 2016 to August 2023.
Kruis said: “I am looking forward to this new stint with Hockey India. The Indian teams are on the cusp of creating history and I look forward to utilizing my expertise in helping the teams and Hockey India in achieving their goals for this year.”