New coach for Oxfords Hawks Men's teams
Hawks have appointed Danny Newcombe - currently a lecturer in Sport Coaching and Sport Science at Oxford Brookes University - as lead coach in the Men's section across the club. Danny has been appointed with immediate effect in succession to Ian Cordwell who has moved to a full time post as Director of Hockey at Bristol University.
Danny's principal responsibility will be to the Men's 1st XI but he will also assist Andy Clark in coordinating the club's coaching offering across the men's section and with the Colts. He is a particular specialist in strength and conditioning and is in the process of obtaining his Level 3 coaching badge.
Although still in his 20s he has an impressive coaching pedigree having been Director of Hockey at UWIC whom he took into the National League and Head Coach with Swansea Ladies in the West Conference of the National League. He is currently the Welsh Senior Men and U21 Assistant Coach led by Zak Jones.In addition he was the Welsh Hockey Union Coach of the Year in 2010-2011.
We have secured Danny's appointment in the face of competition from a number of other clubs - not least because he recognises the huge potential at the Hawks which others could not match. He reasoned that his own high ambitions are clearly matched by Hawks and the potential and infrastructure here to build a section that will be able to compete at the highest level for a sustained period is evident. He is absolutely bursting to get stuck in and will soon be much in evidence around the club - he lives close by in Headington.
Club President Paddy Roche said "We were very sorry to lose Ian Cordwell who did a terrific job with the Mens 1's getting us back to South Prem 1. However we are absolutely delighted to have appointed Danny Newcombe who is rapidly acquiring a reputation as one of the best young coaches around. He shares the Club's aspiration for a swift return to the National League and I have no doubt that he will work very hard indeed to make that ambition a reality while recognising that obtaining promotion from South Prem will be very challenging. There are not that many quality coaches available so to have secured the services of such a well qualified candidate is excellent news and represents a further statement of Hawks intent and ambition."
Danny is also hoping to turn out in Hawks colours and has experience of playing in both South Prem and National League.