Wakefield HC Appoint Top Kiwi Coach for Performance Unit

Wakefield HC Appoint Top Kiwi Coach for Performance Unit



Wakefield HC are excited to announce that a top New Zealand coach will be joining us this season.


Director of Hockey Norman Hughes said “ This is just one piece of the new structure that we are putting in place to ensure Wakefield HC performance squads get the best support possible. We are installing 3 or 4 fixed cameras around the main pitch to ensure enhanced game and player analysis and we are signing an MoU with the University of Huddersfield who offer sports science support. Add to this the fact that we have the best facilities in the North of England with 2 new water based pitches adjacent to the bar and clubhouse. We want to make sure that Wakefield Hockey Club is the top choice for any player moving into the Yorkshire region.


New Head Coach Sam Brown will be working across both Men’s and Women’s Performance teams as well as reviewing the talent pathways within the club.


Sam commented:

“I am Sam Brown, a 28 year old New Zealander and I have been coaching hockey for over 12 years. I started my performance coaching career in the Southern Region of New Zealand for 3 years working across the Under 18, Under 21 and National League teams. After that I moved to Hamilton where I took up dual roles, one with Waikato Hockey Association as the Hockey Development Manager and a second with Midlands Hockey Region as a Performance Campaign Coach at Under 18, Under 21 and National League levels again.

In recent years I have been involved in many successful campaigns winning Gold Medals with the 2017 U21 Midlands Women as a Technical Analyst, 2016 NHL Midlands Men as an Assistant Coach, 2016 U21 Midlands Woman as an Asst Coach and 2014 Under 18 Midlands Women as Head Coach.

I am really excited about my move to Wakefield Hockey Club, and I am hopeful we can generate a successful culture to help WHC move forward toward their 1st team goals.

I look forward to meeting you all soon. “


If you want to join the journey contact:


Norman Hughes – Director of Hockey 07775915883

Bev Barstow – Manager Ladies Performance 07961134561

Andrew Gibson – Manager Mens Performance 07789541281

Sue Gibson – Ladies Section Chair 07749020965

James Rowson – Men’s Section Chair 07881953991

Brian Aldred – Junior Section Contact 07712122142

Martyn Scott – Junior Section Contact 07792177331