Indian hockey women’s team made a high-profile appointment on Friday, naming former United States national women's hockey team head coach Janneke Schopman as their analytical coach. She will be joining the Sjoerd Narijne-coached side in the on-going coaching camp in Bengaluru on January 18 in the new role.
The 42-year-old has been contracted until the end of Tokyo 2020 and her immediate assignment will be the women’s hockey team’s season-opening tour to New Zealand, where they will be facing Great Britain and the Black Sticks.
"I am really excited to work with the women's Indian hockey team. I have followed their game for quite a while and I believe they are a very talented and determined group of players. I look forward to contributing to their zest to achieve desired results for India," Janneke Schopman stated after the appointment.
A decorated career
As well as helping the Netherlands to an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Janneke Schopman has also won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and was a part of the national team that won the 2006 Hockey World Cup apart from finishing as the runners-up in the 2002 and 2010 edition.
The Haarlem-born defender was formerly associated with the United States National Women's Hockey team from 2016 to 2019. Starting as the coach of the USA U-21 women's team, she worked her way up to become the assistant coach of the US national women's hockey team for two years from 2014 to 2016.
Janneke Schopman helped the USA women’s team win the 2014 Champions Challenge and finish atop the Pan Am Games in 2015 as their assistant coach.
As their head coach, the team went on to win the Hockey World League Round 3 in South Africa and finish third in the Pan Am Cup in 2017 and 2019. They also went on to win the bronze medal in the 2016 FIH Champions Trophy 2016.
Janneke Schopman’s immense success and experience as a coach will be a great help for Sjoerd Marijne. “I am looking forward to working with Janneke. We have known each other for a long time and have the same thoughts about hockey and her experience as an Olympic Gold Medallist and World Cup winner will give the team a good boost in our preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," stated the chief coach.
Busy calendar for Indian eves
Before the women’s Indian hockey team starts their campaign at the 2020 Olympic Games from July 25, where they are clubbed alongside Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa, they will be having quite a few tours and tournaments.
After their New Zealand tour scheduled from January 25, they will be travelling to China in March before competing in the 6th Women's Asian Champions Trophy, scheduled from June 6.