Armagh Hockey Club have announced Greg Thompson as their new long-term Head Coach. The Orchard County outfit have showed their ambition with the appointment of former All-Ireland Winning Pegasus Head Coach and recipient of the Ulster Hockey ‘Performance Coach of the Year’.

Thompson will take charge for the new Premier League season with EYHL promotion firmly in his sights for the future. A coach of the highest calibre, Armagh have pulled off a strategic cope in securing his signature, for what will be an exciting future for Hockey in Armagh.

It is a changing of the guard at Armagh Hockey Club, as they say farewell to Ian Hughes. Ian took charge of Armagh back in 2017 and has made steady progress with the young Armagh players. One accolade Hughes will take away is leading Armagh back to the top flight of Ulster Hockey, with an unbeaten Senior 1 campaign, which was no easy feat.

Speaking of the announcement, Armagh Hockey Club Chairman – Niall McCool said, “Today marks a new chapter for Armagh Hockey Club. We are extremely proud and excited to have appointed Greg as Head Coach. Greg’s CV and hockey achievements speak volumes and so we look forward to much hard work on the pitch and the success that hopefully with follow. We believe that the partnership we have with Royal School, Armagh and those forged links can see a combined approach and comprehensive plan for success, at both school and club.”

McCool continued, “On behalf of Armagh Hockey Club, it’s players, parents and committee members we would like to express our appreciation to Ian Hughes for so professionally leading our club in such a positive way over these past few seasons. Ian has been an integral part of the success to date and now we look forward to the next stage in our development plan and fulfilling our ambition and goals with Greg at the helm.”

Newly appointed Head Coach, Greg Thompson remarked, “This is an exciting project that I am really looking forward to starting. I am extremely grateful to Pegasus HC for the opportunity over the past 3-4 seasons, and will look to bring that experience into my new role with Armagh Hockey Club. Given my involvement with the Royal School 1stXI, and my knowledge of that player base I am excited to build upon the club’s current position. I believe this is an opportunity to strengthen the links between school and club, which can only be beneficial for everyone involved.”