Former German national team coach Andre Henning has been named coach of the Canadian men's field hockey team.
Henning succeeds Paul Bundy, who stepped down in April. Bundy said he had planned to leave after the 2020 Olympics to take a year to look after his young daughter on a full-time basis. With the Tokyo Games pushed back to 2021, he elected to leave early.
Bundy joined the team as an assistant coach in 2012, became interim head coach in the summer of 2017 and the permanent coach that fall.
Henning will now lead the Canadian men in Tokyo.
His hire follows Field Hockey Canada bringing Adam Janssen on board as high performance director.
Henning coached the German women’s team to a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Most recently, he served as interim German men’s coach, helping the team qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
“I am incredibly proud and honoured to have been given the trust for this unique and exciting project.," he said in a statement. " There is a lot of potential in the national team, in the NextGen program and in Canadian field hockey system."
Field Hockey Canada CEO Susan Ahrens called Henning "a national coach of the highest calibre, but more than that he is a system builder."
“Andre is hugely experienced in both club and international hockey, with a strong record of podium performances at major tournaments,” said Janssen. “His understanding of the international hockey landscape and ability to prepare teams for success at that level will be instrumental in building upon the successes of this group.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct 2, 2020
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