Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cronje takes Corinthian reins

In the wake of John McInroy's move to UCD, Corinthian have moved quickly to confirm Olympian Andrew Cronje (pictured) as their new head coach for the 2009/10 season.

Cronje was a key component in the club's rise to an IHL placing and the Mills Cup since arriving mid-season and will now become player-coach with Peter Darley staying on as his assistant. Charlie Lyons, fitness coach Marc Smith and physical therapist Mike Carswell complete the club's management ticket.

Commenting on Cronje’s appointment, Darley said, “it’s fantastic to have someone of Andrew’s calibre taking charge of such an exciting season. While we are sorry to see John leave, he goes with our best wishes for the future and he leaves behind a squad of players that have benefited from his hard work and infectious enthusiasm. We’re all really looking forward to the IHL and to the further developments in the squad that Andrew will bring as coach.”

Corinthian club president, Sean Murtagh, added “The next season promises to be an exciting one for Corinthian. We are fortunate to have a rich vein of talent coming through our junior ranks. The integration of these players into our senior set up will be vital to the future success of Corinthians in competing at Irish Hockey League level. Andrew’s leadership, coaching and playing experiences will be crucial in achieving this.”


Anonymous said...

Absolutely super that Cronje has been appointed coach of Corinthians for next season. I'm sure he will prove himself a great coach and confirm himself as the best centre back around.

Anonymous said...

Cronje will learn alot working with a man like Peter Darley, strange move by Mcinroy in my eyes. He certainly wont have a big management team behind him in UCD. It promised to be an interesting season with alot more moves on the cards throughout Leinster clubs.

Bango said...

maybe a reasonable amount of player movement but coaches all seem sewn up at this point - to my knowledge if monkstown and railway keep their coaches from last year then all division one spots are filled for next year.