Scotland – High Performance Coach (Senior Men)

Posted On 30th September 2011


Scottish Hockey has developed a seven year vision for the Performance area of hockey that outlines success at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The 2008-2014 Performance Plan is detailed and covers both the senior men’s national team preparation and competition programmes as well as individual athlete programmes that will be supported through the sportscotland Institute of Sport and Scottish Centres of Excellence.

The focus for this post will be performing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the achievement of milestones that will lead to Scotland’s success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

This role requires extensive high performance sport experience and a record of success as a coach. You must be able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of world class hockey and the requirements for international success.

Summary of role

The main purpose of the post will be to lead the Men’s Hockey Programmes, including the implementation of the Performance Plan and achievement of the agreed milestones and targets.

Line Manager

The Men’s High Performance/National Team Hockey Coach will report directly to the Performance Manager

Main Functions

Lead a programme of integrated support for the senior men’s team and individual players within the team
Deliver high quality coaching within the men’s programmes
To hold the position of Men’s National Team Coach
Maintain programme continuity with the GBOHL Performance Plan.
Contribute to performance coaches development

Detailed Functions

Develop training & competition programmes for the continuous development of high performance players in Scotland and players outside Scotland to an agreed budget
Personally coach and oversee the training and competition programmes for the National Senior Men’s team and squad players located in Scotland. Regularly liaise with and monitor national players outside of Scotland
Contribute to player development as part of the GB Performance Plan
Develop and manage in agreement with the Performance Manager, the necessary player support programmes.
Continually develop, update and monitor performance criteria against which the programme and players will be evaluated

Be responsible for the identification of athletes for selection into the sportscotland Institute of Sport programme
Contribute to the selection and development of athletes through the age groups
Work with players to assist them to produce and implement personal development plans
Report on the development of the programme and players
Contribute to the development and mentoring of other Scottish coaches within the performance pathway
Seek external stimuli and maintain personal knowledge of current coaching standards, tactics and techniques in leading Hockey nations


To liaise and communicate with the other three High Performance/National Team Hockey Coaches on the effective use of resources and sharing of knowledge and expertise
To liaise with and inform the High Performance Hockey Group
To liaise and communicate with the Performance Manager
To liaise and communicate with the Institute Programme Manager and support staff
Communicate and work with coaches within the performance pathway and clubs
Liaise with and form effective partnerships with GB Hockey key staff

Management and Direction

Responsibility for players selected into the Senior programme
Responsibility for any coaching or technical staff appointed to the Senior Men’s Hockey programme

Administration & Finance

In conjunction with the Performance Manager, be responsible for the effective utilisation of the budget allocated to the Men’s Programme
Work with the Programme Support Administrator and Team Manager to effectively co-ordinate, organise and communicate the programme to players, support staff and key partners

Programme Performance Indicators

Achievement of the milestones and targets as identified in the Hockey Performance Plan 2008-2014
Establish and agree personal player performance indicators which are to be evaluated on an annual basis
Establish and agree performance coach development indicators which are evaluated on an annual basis
Establish personal stretch targets in agreement with the Performance Manager

Work and Other Experience Requirements

Experience of working as a successful coach with international standard athletes and a proven record of team success.
Proven experience devising and implementing successful programmes, including leading a team of support staff.
Experience in the development of individual athletes including; auditing of strengths and weaknesses, producing personal development plans, monitoring performance, producing feedback and reporting effectively.
A sound understanding of performance issues in Hockey and the performances standards within other leading nations
Proven knowledge of demands, pressure and the needs of elite athletes and coaches
Thorough knowledge and understanding of the playing, tactical skills and fitness levels required for players to aspire to and succeed at international level.
Proven leadership and decision making skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, sound organisational and planning skills, which are complemented by attention to detail
An understanding of the challenges of the Scottish/UK sporting environment and a commitment to affecting positive change and challenging the status quo where required

Personal Qualities

An ability to work with others, to motivate, provide direction and influence
An ability to demonstrate confidence, empathy, enthusiasm and initiative
An innovative approach through a demonstrable ability to suggest creative solutions, leading to successful implementation
Effective high level ITC skills and a commitment to exploring the best use of these for effective implementation of the role and programmes
A capacity to exercise sound judgement, decision making and working to a budget
A passion for Scottish sporting achievement and a personal commitment to excellence
Excellent communication and leadership skills, particularly within the competition environment
Highly motivated; action oriented and results driven
Honest, with the highest standards of integrity


UK Level 3 or above coaching accreditation, international equivalent or evidence of working towards
Scottish Hockey Union Ltd. Registered in Scotland [No. SC208125] at 589 Lanark Road, Edinburgh EH14 5DA

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