FIH Coaches of the Year 2021-22: India sweeps awards with Graham Reid and Janneke Schopman

Both the Indian men’s and women’s teams finished third in their FIH Pro Leagues besides winning medals at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. 

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Graham Reid and Janneke Schopman, coaches of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams respectively, were named the FIH Coaches of the Year 2021-22 on Thursday.

While Australia’s Graham Reid bagged the award in the men’s category, the Netherlands’ Janneke Schopman won the honour in the women’s category.

The performances of Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams over the past year were considered for the awards. Both coaches led their teams to credible third-place finishes in their respective FIH Pro Leagues besides winning medals at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

The Indian men fell short against Australia in the final and settled for silver at the CWG 2022 while the women’s hockey team won a bronze.

Graham Reid edged out Jeroen Delmee (Netherlands), Michel van den Heuvel (Belgium), Garreth Ewing (South Africa) and Frederic Soyez (France) to win the award for the second year running.

“The coaches of other teams are all world-class. They have their own way of doing things and to win amongst those coaches is a big honour,” Reid said after winning the award.

Janneke Schopman, meanwhile, did exceptionally well with a young side which had to cope without captain and team talisman Rani Rampal for the majority of 2022.

"It really does feel pretty amazing to win the award when you are up against some of the finest coaches in the world,” Janneke Schopman, who beat Jamilon Mulders (Netherlands), Katrina Powell (Australia) Raoul Ehren (Belgium) and Adrian Lock (Spain) to the award, said.

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