Craig Fulton is new chief coach of Indian Men’s Hockey Team
Fulton, who comes with nearly 25 years of coaching experience, will join the team at the earliest upon completing formalities.
Bhubaneswar: Ending the wait for sports enthusiasts in the country, Hockey India today confirmed Craig Fulton as the new Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team. The announcement was made ahead of the team’s home matches in the FIH Hockey Pro League starting from March 10.
Fulton, who comes with nearly 25 years of coaching experience, will join the team at the earliest upon completing formalities. Having led the Belgium Men’s Team at the Tokyo Olympic Games as Assistant Coach, the 48-year-old South African is known to have shown exemplary results in his previous roles.
His rise to fame started with a stint with the Irish Men’s Team as the Head Coach between 2014 to 2018 when the team qualified for the Rio Olympic Games 2016. Being the Irish team’s first Olympic qualification in 100 years, the historic feat also won him the FIH Coach of the Year in 2015.
Following this, Fulton worked as the Assistant Coach with the reigning Olympic Champions Belgium, where the Belgium team won the Gold medal in Tokyo. He was also part of the Belgian Coaching Staff when the team lifted the World title in 2018 in Bhubaneswar. After coaching the Belgium club which won the Belgium League, he was named Belgium Coach of the Year 2023
He has also been a part of the Belgium national team’s rise in world hockey, taking the team to World No 3 in 2023 from World No.5 in 2018.
In his illustrious career as a hockey player with the South African squad, Fulton has 195 international caps over a span of 10 years playing international hockey. He has played for his home team South Africa at Atlanta Olympics 1996 and Athens Olympics 2004. He has also played at the World Cup and Commonwealth Games.
Speaking on the occasion, Fulton said, “It is an honour to be appointed in the role of Chief Coach for the Indian Men’s Hockey team. India has a deep history and legacy of the sport and I look forward to work to taking this forward with the current team which has some very promising talent.”
Talking about selecting Fulton for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team Chief Coach’s role, President, Hockey India Padma Shri Dilip Tirkey said, “I am very pleased to state that Hockey India has finalised Craig Fulton for the Chief Coach’s role with the Indian Men’s Hockey team. I have had the honour of playing against him and now I look forward to closely working with him in this new phase for the Men’s Hockey team. He comes with tremendous experience in coaching and his work ethics induces confidence of raising the team’s performance in world hockey. I welcome Craig to India and wish him the best.”
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