Paul Bundy at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo Yan Huckendubler (PAHF)
Vancouver, BC – Field Hockey Canada is announcing the appointment of Paul Bundy as Head Coach of the Men’s Senior National Team. Bundy has been the assistant coach for five years and has acted as interim head coach since Anthony Farry moved on last summer.
Bundy has been an integral part of Field Hockey Canada’s progress since 2010. He has a broad coaching resume including many years of coaching in the UK, coaching the Canadian Women’s National Team and assistant coaching Canada’s Men’s National Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Field Hockey Canada CEO, Jeff Sauvé, said he admires Bundy’s dedication to field hockey in Canada. The process to hire a head coach was a thorough and comprehensive procedure and he has every confidence that Bundy is the best fit for the organization.
“He has coached against and learned from the world’s most successful coaches,” Sauvé said. “He displays innovative thinking and has proven to be a true student of the sport. Paul is a tremendous leader who will have a long-term impact on the organization, while positioning us for on-field success in the immediate future.”
Bundy, who has been acting Head Coach since May, said he’s excited to formally dive in as head coach and lead this program towards 2020 Olympic qualification.
“Our culture is strong and I’m excited to tackle the challenge,” Bundy said. “The overarching goal right now is Tokyo 2020 and being successful there.”
Most recently, Bundy led Team Canada through the FIH World League series, successfully qualifying for the 2018 FIH World Cup in India.
Between a Five-Nations Tournament in Spain, the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the World Cup in India, Bundy said the upcoming year is going to be busy and a great opportunity to succeed on the pitch and grow the program.
“We have quality competitions lined up for 2018,” he said. “…with the major milestone being the World Cup in India at the end of the year. The Commonwealth Games is a great tournament as well and an excellent indicator for how we stack up leading into the World Cup.”
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