After being without a permanent head coach since their unceremonious exit in the 2018 Hockey World Cup, Hockey India finally announced their go-to man in the form of Australian Graham Reid. The Indian Men’s Hockey Team are currently training in the Sports Authority of India complex in Bengaluru and, the 54-year-old is expected to look after the day-to-day affairs of his team shortly.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be appointed as Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s hockey team,” said Graham Reid after his appointment.
Graham Reid has a storied career as a player during his heydays. He was a part of the Socceroo squad won the silver medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and also won consecutive Champions Trophy titles in 1984, 1985, 1989, and 1990.
As a coach, he first started out as the assistant coach of the Australian team where they won their fifth Champions Trophy title in 2012. He was promoted as the head coach in 2014 and Australia went on to win the World League Final the very same year.
He shifted gears as the Netherlands assistant coach in 2017 and the next year, the Dutch finished runners-up in the 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup held in Bhubaneswar, India.