Paul van Ass named national men’s hockey team coach, Anthony Thornton for national women’s hockey team

Hockey IndiaSports Authority of India announced the appointment of former Dutch national coach Paul van Ass as the new coach of the Indian men’s hockey team, he will replace Terry Walsh of Australia.

Anthony Thornton of New Zealand will be in charge of the women’s national side, she replaced Neil Hawgood of Australia.

Hockey India President Narinder Batra finalised the names in a meeting along with secretary sports Ajit Sharan, interim coach Roelant Oltmans and Olympian Harbinder Singh.

The Indian Men’s hockey team was playing without a Coach since November 2014 when the then Head Coach Terry Walsh resigned under controversial circumstances.

Both Van Ass and Thornton were awarded a three-year contract till 2018. India will host the 2018 men’s Hockey World Cup.

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