I am very pleased to share with all club members that Graham Shaw is joining Avoca Hockey Club as our Performance Director. Graham has an exceptional record of performance both on and off the pitch and joins us at a critical time in our development. Prior to his outstanding results as a coach and leader with International hockey teams both at home and abroad, Graham held many pivotal roles while playing for and captaining Ireland amassing over 150 caps and collected many accolades while playing for and coaching Glenanne as well as Monkstown. Naturally we are delighted to have Graham join us and I would ask you to give him a warm Avoca welcome as he joins in with some of our training sessions / games and learns about Avoca and our ambitions.
As Performance Director Graham’s key focus areas will include Elite Player Performance including differentiating experience and pathway along with Masterclasses, Senior Team Performance including Performance Management, Mental Preparation and Advantage and advising on next steps, Coaching Development and Mentoring to support Junior Section and to help the whole Club on retention & attraction and Club Direction and Identity helping us to grow the Club and contributing to our brand refresh process.
Graham will observe, listen and learn ahead of prioritising his time where he can help most. As you would expect, these focus areas are likely to change and we’ll adapt our plans accordingly. These are clearly aligned to our Strategic Plans and I ask you to help and support Graham in his endeavours for our club.
Very exciting times for sure and a lot to look forward to in yet another exceptional season at Avoca HC!
Yours in sport,
Ben Geoghegan, President – Avoca HC