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Greg Nicol looking for new challenges outside of hockey

Following a long association with Hockey New Zealand since 2007, which has seen stints as both the Black Sticks Men’s and Women’s assistant coaches, Greg Nicol has decided to take on new challenges which are further afield from hockey. 
In 2017 Greg Nicol took on the challenge of a newly created role in Hockey New Zealand as the Athlete Pathway Manager. In this role Greg has worked successfully in laying the foundations for a national talent development system for hockey in New Zealand. This also included setting up talent spotter networks to improve the consistency of talent identification and selection processes at the Under 18, 21 and Development levels across both genders. 
Greg’s coaching involvement with Hockey New Zealand’s National teams extends back to 2007-2008 when he was the Assistant Coach for the Vantage Black Sticks Men for the Beijing Olympics, a feat he repeated for the Rio Olympics in 2016. In between this time, he was an Assistant Coach for the Vantage Black Sticks Women at the London Olympics in 2012. 
Hockey New Zealand’s High Performance Director Paul MacKinnon said “Greg’s input, initiatives and contribution to the inaugural National Athlete Pathway Manager role has been outstanding, paving the way ahead for a joined-up structure and system of talent identification and development at the National and Regional level. His ability as an elite coach will also be missed as he has made a high-level impact with the National teams he has worked with throughout his 12 years at Hockey New Zealand.”
Greg commented on his time at Hockey New Zealand, “I have enjoyed the last 12 years with Hockey New Zealand, and I am excited about the new opportunities and challenges I have ahead of me.”
Greg will finish up his roles on April 30th and recruitment for a replacement National Athlete Pathway Manager will commence in due course, to align with the Strategy Execution Plan which is currently being completed by Hockey New Zealand. Recruitment for a replacement Head Coach for the Under 21 Women’s team will begin immediately. 
Matthew Williams
Media and Communications Manager 
Hockey New Zealand 
Ph: 022 063 5705  | E: [email protected]


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