2017 Coaching Awards

2017 Coaching Awards

Ulster Hockey has recognised the achievements of three coaches through the Annual Ulster Hockey Coaching Awards which this year have been presented to Craig McGrugan (Club Performance Coach of the Year), Matthew Armstrong-Sanchez (Young Coach of the Year) and Jaime Knipe (Children’s Coach of the Year).

The winner of the Club Performance Coach of the Year was Craig McGrugan. Craig took over as coach at Mossley Ladies in the 2015/16 Season and has guided them to success over the last couple of seasons with the firsts now promoted to the Premier League and the rest of the club doing extremely well with promotions and cup successes over recent years also. It goes to show that hard work definitely does make a difference.

Matthew Armstrong-Sanchez who is currently with Bangor has been heavily involved with both Bangor Grammar and Bangor Hockey Club and has become a huge asset to the club and school as they continue to develop young players in the area. Matthew has been coaching the U15 squad at Bangor Hockey Club and regularly assisted with the school sides showing true commitment to helping and developing players in Bangor. Matthew was awarded with the Young Coach of the Year Award for his continuous efforts.

The last of the awards to be presented was the Children’s Coach of the Year Award which was presented to Jaime Knipe who has been a dedicated coach at Killicomaine Junior High School. Jamie’s enthusiasm and commitment to coaching the junior cup squad over the past 12 years has been truly exceptional and all the hard work paid off this year as Killicomaine won the Junior Cup at Stormont which was a huge achievement for the school.



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