New Armagh 1st XI coach Simon Toole pictured with a representative from club sponsor Fane Valley.
ARMAGH Hockey Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Toole as Head Coach.
He will take over from outgoing coach Niall McCool and will be immediately tasked with gaining promotion to the Premier League after their shock relegation last season.
Simon has spent the majority of his coaching career to date at his home hockey club Lisnagarvey, where he has coached within the mini and youth sections for a significant period of time, as well as enjoying a two year spell working with the Ladies 1st XI.
In the past he has also coached on the Ulster Hockey Talent Development Programme and been Assistant Coach to the Ulster U16 team.
Most recently Simon has been the Head Coach of the Southern Sports Partnership’s Hockey Academy and he also works as a ‘Coaching Consultant’ for Sport Northern Ireland.
Simon admitted he is looking forward to the challenge.
“The approach from Armagh to become coach of the Ladies 1st XI was a bit of a bolt from the blue, but having chatted with members of the club committee it became apparent what an exciting opportunity it was.
“The committee have been really welcoming and have agreed a way of working that will help me to balance my family and work commitments with my role with the team, a challenge that many coaches face.”
Simon said he is now looking forward to the challenge of developing the young players at the club and pushing on in the league and cup competitions.
“Armagh have a rich history of developing young players and giving them opportunities to play in their senior teams, that aligns closely to how I like to approach coaching.
“This, coupled with the members of the squad who’ve played for the club at the highest level of domestic club competition, should make for a really positive incoming season.”
“I am very much looking forward to meeting the players and together mapping out our aspirations and plans for the season, and obviously getting to work on the training pitch.”