Irish senior women’s squad seek assistant coach

Hockey Ireland is seeking to appoint a full-time Senior Women’s Team Assistant Coach, to help lead the team towards achieving its strategic objectives, namely to compete at the Olympics, World Championships and European Championships. 

About Hockey Ireland 

Hockey Ireland is the National Governing Body for the sport of field hockey in Ireland. Governing the 32 counties of Ireland, the Association is responsible for the management and overall development of all areas of the sport. 

Role Summary 

  • Reporting to the Senior Women’s Head Coach, the Senior Women’s Assistant Coach will be responsible for providing world-class coaching support to the Senior Women’s team 
  • This role also involves working collaboratively and innovatively with the wider Senior Women’s management team 
  • The Senior Women’s Assistant Coach will also be required at times to work alongside the National Development Head Coach to assist in the development of these players towards Senior representation 

Key responsibilities 

  • Identify, develop and manage the current group of identified players in the Senior Women’s training squad 
  • Assist with coaching of the Senior Women’s team using modern coaching techniques, tactics and trends 
  • Monitor and evaluate player performance for team selection using relevant data 
  • Deliver and support with the delivery of regional sessions – as designated by the Head Coach 
  • Assist with the development of a group of identified players in the National Development squad (U23 downwards) 
  • Communicate effectively with staff, players and relevant stakeholders 
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the Hockey Ireland Junior Age Grade National Coaches as designated 

The required candidate 

The successful candidate will be an experienced, driven, detail-focused and disciplined self-starter who is committed to bringing team success to the Senior Women’s team and developing the best of Ireland’s elite hockey talent 

Experience and credentials: 

The experiences and credentials below are a guide and are not intended to be inclusive or exhaustive and may be amended over time due to the changing needs of the organisation: 

  • Proven record of success in domestic or international hockey 
  • Experience in planning, organising and implementing a comprehensive domestic or provincial coaching programme 
  • Ability to apply the principles of coaching, sport science, medicine and technology within a high performance programme 
  • Efficient and organised, with exceptional interpersonal, oral and written communication skills 
  • Level 3 and/or FIH coaching qualifications or equivalent (or working towards them) 
  • Proven methodologies in the development of elite talent and performance  
  • Understanding of sports science principles in modern day athlete development  
  • Exceptional people skills, with an emphasis on the management of player and coach personnel  
  • A competent knowledge of the latest coaching software systems 
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills  
  • A full driving licence 
  • Capacity to travel domestically and overseas for extended periods 


The contract role will commence in March 2022 and is through to the end of the Paris cycle of 2024 (with annual performance reviews throughout) 

Reporting to: 

The process of reporting will be as determined by the Performance Director and the Senior Women’s Head Coach 

Remuneration Package 

This is a full-time position and will be remunerated in line with the successful applicants’ skills and experiences.  Relevant expenses will be covered by the programme.  It is conditional that the successful applicant must be able to live and work in Ireland. 

 Vacancy Schedule: 

Closing date for applications:  20th February 2022 (5pm) 
Expected Interviews:  24th and 25th February 2022 
Expected appointment:  Early March 2022 

 Applications should be sent to Adam Grainger, Performance Director, Hockey Ireland