Field Hockey Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin D’Abreo as the National Women’s Program Assistant Coach. Effective immediately, he will move from his role as Field Hockey Canada’s (FHC) Director, Sport Development to join their High Performance team. D’Abreo’s appointment marks FHC’s commitment to strengthening the coaching staff to support the success of the national team programs.
A member of Canada’s National Men’s Team for over 13 years, upon retirement he began his coaching career. D’Abreo has held a wide variety of positions including: National Women’s Team Assistant Coach (2005−2010), U−17 Women’s National Team Head Coach (2009−2010) and BC Provincial Development Coach including the U−16, U−18 and U−19 (2005−2010). Prior to becoming Director, Sport Development, D’Abreo was Head Coach, Men’s National Team (2010−2012).
“Robin has coached a broad spectrum of women’s field hockey provincially and nationally for nearly a decade. An experienced Canadian national team member with a great passion for the sport combined with his strong leadership skills and coaching abilities, he will play an integral role in achieving the ambitious goals the women’s program have set for the next cycle leading up to 2016,” said Gene Muller, General Manager, High Performance and National Teams. “Robin’s move into high performance is a winning mix which highlights our efforts to restructure our programs to find the best people to develop the best players”.
D’Abreo’s first competition will be the Argentina U−21 series (May 22 to 30). Following the series, the U−21 team will focus on training leading up to the Women’s 2013 Junior World Cup to be held from July 27−August 4, 2013 in Mönchengladbach, Germany.
Robin D’Abreo will work closely with Ian Rutledge, newly appointed Head Coach of the Women’s National Team, to build strong teams for the 2013 Junior World Cup in Germany, Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, and the Pan Am Games, Toronto 2015 and Rio 2016.