Hockey federation eyeing Argentine coach
Jamaica Hockey Federation President Fabian Stewart says the federation remains very hopeful that they will be able to contract the services of a highly respected Argentine coach.
Stewart revealed that the engagement with the South American, which is supported by the International Olympic Committee Solidarity programme and the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), has gone a very far way.
Although the new coach would only work on an intermittent basis, with his main focus on the youth programmes.
“He would not come permanently, he would come at various time span.
“We are also in talks with (JOA President Christopher) Samuda to have a permanent solution to coaching.
“We have gotten some development work that we were embarking on, like getting local coaches certified and get them to work with the (national) teams and have the Argentinian work alongside them,” he said.
“So we are looking for better and more improved performance against some of the better teams in the region, based on the development work and that (coach) being in place.”
And though the coronavirus pandemic has stalled the discussions, Stewart said the Argentinian is still very interested in taking up their offer.
“The Argentinian coach is still interested. We have submitted the paperwork and just await information, but nothing can’t go ahead right now; and it would be premature to give a timeline at this stage,” he said.
We have gotten some development work that we were embarking on, like getting local coaches certified and get them to
work with the (national) teams.
Jamaica’s Nicholas Beach dribbles by Panama’s Angelo Boodie in the Central American and Caribbean Games qualifier at the Mona hockey field on November 5, 2017.