Craig Fulton appointed new chief coach of Indian men’s hockey team | Hockey News – Times of India


The Indian men’s hockey team’s wait for its new Chief Coach ended on Friday as Hockey India appointed South Africa’s Craig Fulton in place of the outgoing Graham Reid, following India’s disappointing show at the World Cup in January.
India finished a lowly 9th in 16-team World Cup, after which the team’s Australian Chief Coach Reid resigned from the post, along with analytical coach Greg Clark and scientific advisor Mitchell Pemberton.
Fulton, who has nearly 25 years of coaching experience, said he would strive to take Indian hockey to the next level.
“It is an honour to be appointed in the role of chief coach for the Indian men’s hockey team. India has a deep history and legacy of the sport and I look forward to taking this forward with the current team which has some very promising talent,” Fulton said in a press release.
Reid, though, had guided the Indian team to a historic bronze medal-winning show at the Tokyo Olympics.
Fulton has shown exemplary results in his previous stints as coach.
His rise to fame started with a stint with the Irish men’s team as its head coach between 2014 to 2018 when the team qualified for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
That was the Irish team’s first Olympic qualification in 100 years. The historic feat also won him the FIH Coach of the Year in 2015.
Fulton also worked as assistant coach with the reigning Olympic champions Belgium en route to the gold medal in Tokyo. He was also part of the Belgian coaching staff during their 2018 World Cup win in Bhubaneswar.
Fulton was named Belgium Coach of the Year this year.
In his illustrious career as a hockey player with the South African squad, Fulton played 195 international matches over a span of 10 years.
He was part of the South Africa team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics. He has also played at the World Cup and Commonwealth Games.
Speaking on Fulton’s appointment, Hockey India president Dilip Tirkey said, “I am very pleased to state that Hockey India has finalised Craig Fulton for the chief coach’s role with the Indian men’s hockey team. I have had the honour of playing against him and now I look forward to closely working with him in this new phase for the men’s hockey team.
“He comes with tremendous experience in coaching and his work ethics induces confidence of raising the team’s performance in world hockey.”
Fulton is expected to join in the middle of the upcoming FIH Pro League matches against Australia and Germany in Rourkela next month.
India will take on Germany in the first match on March 10 followed by return leg on March 13. India will also play Australia, the reigning Commonwealth Games champions, on March 12 and 15.
Earlier this week, Hockey India had named Australian David John, BJ Kariappa and Shivendra Singh as the interim coaches for the coming Pro League games against Australia and world champions Germany.
(With agency inputs)


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