Saturday, May 25, 2024

Mark Pearn leaves Surbiton men’s coaching role

Mark Pearn has ended his eight-year tenure as Surbiton Hockey Club men’s coach, praised by the club for “shaping the future of some of the country’s finest young players” as well as top-tier trophy success.

Pearn guided a relatively young new team to the indoor and outdoor domestic double in his first season, both of which were firsts for the men’s side. Three domestic titles followed, and in 2022, he led the club to its first EHL European Medal, defeating Club De Campo Madrid in the bronze medal match.

They finished runners-up behind Old Georgians at last weekend’s League Finals.

“With his tireless work ethic and attention to detail, he has made a lasting mark on the future of many young players who have begun their Premier League careers and international journeys under his watchful eye,” the club said in a statement.

Board member Fred Moore said: “His calm, uncomplicated manner and love and enthusiasm for the game have helped to advance Surbiton HC immeasurably.

“He has shaped the future of some of the country’s finest young players by sharing his knowledge and putting his faith in them, and he has left this club in a much better place.”

Pearn said it had been an “incredible” eight years at Sugden Road.

The former England and GB international said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to have helped Surbiton break new ground and put itself regularly on the European stage. Although titles and success are important, what matters more is the ethos and respect for doing things the right way. I am thankful that I found a club that shared these values.

“When I joined, I had two primary goals – to win national titles and to support the outstanding junior section. I have enjoyed watching the young colts at the club, such as Zach Wallace and Conor Williamson, grow into international-class athletes just as much as any of our national title victories. I would like to express my gratitude to all the players, staff, volunteers, and club members at Surbiton HC who have supported the team and me over the years. I wish the entire club all the success in the future.”

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