England and Great Britain Hockey are delighted that Katie Glynn will continue her role as assistant coach to the English and British women’s teams throughout the Paris 2024 Olympic cycle.
The former New Zealand striker joined the program in September 2020after playing under then British women’s head coach Mark Hager during her international career.
As a player, Katie had a deadly eye for goals, scoring a record 77 goals for the Black Sticks in just 134 games. She won silver and bronze medals in the Commonwealth Games and finished fourth with the country in the 2012 Olympics.
After her career was disrupted by an injury, Katie started coaching the New Zealand youth team and moved to the Seniors in 2019 before moving to England and the UK last year.
Their influence on the team was clearly evident: Great Britain scored 18 goals in the Olympics (only the Netherlands scored more) and defeated the USA 5-0 and 5-1 in the FIH Hockey Pro League in May.
Together with Hager and David Ralph – both also international strikers – the trio turned the entire team into an offensive threat. No less than 10 different members of the UK squad found the target at the Tokyo Olympics, while a total of 14 players have scored for the country since Katie joined the program.
With England and the UK looking forward to a lot of international ice hockey in the near future, Katie said she was excited to see where the squads can go in the next few years.
She said: “I am incredibly excited to continue my role as assistant coach for the women’s teams from Great Britain and England through Paris 2024. It is a great privilege for me to be part of this world class program and I have enjoyed it very much. ”My time here since joining.
“The athletes and staff are incredibly passionate, hardworking and the vision and culture they have created is something I am proud to be a part of. I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with this extraordinary group in the challenging years of the competition. I have great faith in the program and I am very much looking forward to supporting the direction David Ralph can take us now. “
David recently appointed head coach of the women’s teams after working with Katie as assistant: “We are delighted that Katie is continuing this cycle with us; She was a valuable member of our team that has already made a huge impact on the squad. “Katie had a huge impact on the attacking side of our game and her work with the team and the individual players was of an exceptional standard. Coupled with Katie’s excellent coaching contributions, her energy, hard work and passion have really stood out in her time with us and there is no doubt that Katie was an integral part of the team that won bronze in Tokyo. All the players and staff have enjoyed working with Katie and I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with her. “