Gaudoin appointed senior assistant coach for hockey men
30 September 2014
HOCKEY: Hockey Australia is pleased to announce that Paul Gaudoin will step up to become the Senior Assistant Coach with the Australian men's team following Graham Reid’s appointment as National Coach in September.
Gaudoin, who has been an assistant coach to the team since 2010, as well as being the National Junior Coach, will become Reid’s right hand man as the Kookaburras prepare for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. The move will see him relinquish his role as National Junior Coach with Hockey Australia looking to fill that vacancy early in the new year.
Commenting on his appointment, Gaudoin said, “It’s quite difficult in the end when you go for a role as Head Coach and it doesn’t quite work out. It makes you think about what you want and where you want to be and this is a good place to be.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the work I’ve been heavily involved with over the last few years and I’m keen to take the opportunity to further develop myself in what is the best program in the world, which will ultimately prepare me for a role as a head coach.
“My focus now will be full time on the senior men’s program and I’ll be able to put more of my mark on it. We’re in a very strong position with our junior program and we need to ensure it continues for sustained success; we need to keep blooding some of the talented young players that I’ve seen up close over the next two to six years.”
Hockey Australia High Performance Director Trish Heberle said, “Paul has been in our system for five years and has done a great job balancing both his role with the Kookaburras and that of National Junior Coach. His progression and development over this period indicates that he is well positioned to step up into this more senior role.
“As the National Junior Coach role is now vacant, we will commence recruitment in November with an appointment planned for late January 2015. In the interim, the national coaches will work closely with the national network to ensure that our youth programs are fully supported during this transition period."
Kookaburras National Coach Graham Reid said, "It is great news for the men's program that Paul has accepted the offer of Senior Assistant Coach of the Kookaburras. We have a great history working together and I know he will challenge me and the team to be the best we can be.
"He brings to our team a unique blend of experience and expertise that no-one else provides."
A former captain of the Kookaburras, Gaudoin made 234 appearances in an 11-year international career spanning 1994-2004. He won bronze medals at two Olympic Games and was selected for a third, Athens in 2004, but withdrew through injury. A midfielder, he played in three World Cups, winning silver in 2002 and bronze in 1994.
Co-coach at the Commonwealth Games, alongside Reid, Gaudoin helped lead Australia’s men to a fifth consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal as Australia beat India 4-0 in the final. He has coached in Western Australia’s premier division with West Side Wolves and led the WA Thundersticks to the Australian Hockey League titles in 2008 and 2009.
Paul Gaudoin’s international playing career
2003 Champions Trophy - Amstelveen, NED - 2nd
2002 Champions Trophy - Cologne, GER - 5th
2002 World Cup - Kuala Lumpur, MAS - 2nd
2002 Commonwealth - Games Manchester, ENG - 1st
2001 Champions Trophy - Rotterdam, NED - 2nd
2000 Olympic Games - Sydney, AUS - 3rd
1999 Champions Trophy - Brisbane, AUS - 1st
1998 Commonwealth Games - Kuala Lumpur, MAS - 1st
1998 World Cup - Utrecht, NED - 4th
1997 Champions Trophy - Adelaide, AUS - 2nd
1996 Champions Trophy - Madras, IND - 6th
1996 Olympic Games - Atlanta, USA - 3rd
1995 Champions Trophy - Berlin, GER - 2nd
1994 World Cup - Sydney, AUS - 3rd
Paul Gaudoin’s international coaching career
2014 Commonwealth Games (AUS men) - Glasgow, SCO - 1st
2014 World Cup (AUS men) - The Hague, NED - 1st
2014 World League Final (AUS men) - New Delhi, IND - 4th
2013 Junior World Cup (AUS jnr men) - New Delhi, IND - 5th
2013 World League Semi Final (AUS men) - Rotterdam, NED - 2nd
2012 Champions Trophy (AUS men) - Melbourne, AUS - 1st
2012 Olympic Games (AUS men) - London, GBR - 3rd
2011 Champions Trophy (AUS men) - Auckland, NZL - 1st
2010 Commonwealth Games (AUS men) - New Delhi, IND - 1st
2010 Champions Trophy (AUS men) - Monchengladbach, GER - 1st
2010 World Cup (AUS men) - New Delhi, IND - 1st