Former Pelicans player Danny Kerry, who is performance director and women’s coach for UK Hockey, has been awarded High Performance Coach of the Year in Manchester.
National coaching excellence was celebrated at the star-studded 2015 UK Coaching Awards as Kerry was one of 12 to have their achievements rewarded at the Midland Hotel.
The UK Coaching Awards honour sports coaches and coaching organisations who have demonstrated outstanding success over the previous 12 months.
Kerry was appointed head coach of the England and Great Britain women’s hockey teams in July 2014 and he hasn’t looked back since.
He led the team to a Commonwealth silver medal, world league R3 gold, which meant that the team achieved Olympic qualification with a 100 per cent win record, and finally a European Championship gold medal for the first time in 24 years earlier in 2015.
And he was delighted to add to his impressive collection on Tuesday night: “On a personal level, I’m proud to receive the award.
“I’m also proud to receive it on behalf of my staff and my athletes, they are incredibly committed,” Kerry said after claiming the prize.
“It’s about getting a group of athletes and staff and having a clarity of common purpose and a common way we are going to go about and do things.
“It sounds a simple thing to do but in terms of a coaching challenge that’s pretty massive. I’ve learned a lot in the ten years I’ve been involved in the national level about how you go about getting that purpose.”
Kerry beat off competition from Toni Minichiello – the athletics coach to Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill; and Tracey Neville – the head coach of the England netball team. Neville is the sister of former England footballers Gary – the new Valencia boss – and Phil.