Netherland's Sjoerd Marijne appointed as Indian women team’s chief coach

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New Delhi : In a change of guard in women’s hockey, former Dutch women’s national coach Sjoerd Marijne has been appointed as the chief coach. She will serve as coach for the next four years.

Marijne will be working with fellow Dutchman Eric Wonink, who will take charge as the Analytical Coach with the senior women hockey team.

The coaching duo will oversee the Indian senior women’s team’s programmes for the new Olympic cycle. Both Marijne and Wonink have joined the national camp, which is currently underway at the Sports Authority of India campus in Bhopal.

Marijne, who has played for The Netherlands, led the Dutch Under-21 women’s side to a World Cup title and the Dutch senior women’s side to a gold at the Hockey World League Semi Finals in 2015.

Between 2011-2014, Marijne was the national head coach for The Netherlands Under-21 men, apart from a short stint with Liaoning Men China.

Wonink, meanwhile, has worked as a Trainer at the Talentcentre for Hockey Topsport Brabant RTC Den Bosch.