Insight interveiw with Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens

By Inside the D Hockey

We recently caught up with Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens whilst Adam was in Sydney for the Hockeyroos vs China test match series and sat down and discussed coaching and playing at a high level.

Adam is both an accomplished player and coach. Some of Adam’s achievements as a player and coach are:

  • 143 games for the Kookaburras winning an Olympic Bronze medallist in Sydney in 2000.
  • Belgium men’s hockey coach from 2007 to 2010 in which he lead the Belgium team to their first Olympics in 32 years, at the time he was only 31. (young for a international hockey coach)
  • Appointed Hockeyroos coach in early 2011 and over that time has guided the team to a silver medal at the 2014 World Cup and a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth games and to be now placed #2 in the world and will continue to coach the team into the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Some of the things we touch on in our discussion:

  • His early influences and what playing senior hockey taught him.
  • As a young player how he was always driven to play for Australia, including practicing hockey on his family’s sand based tennis court in Wagga and emulating players from the Olympics
  • The things he focused on as a player that saw him become a Kookaburra,
  • Starting out in coaching and his coaching philosophy
  • The Hockeyroos 5 Pillars & the importance of mentors as a player and coach
  • What a typical training week looks like for Hockeyroos
  • Advice for a young players & coaches out there

Listen to the Podcast Interview by clicking on here: Adam Commens Podcast Interview 

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Website: http://www.osakahockey.com/au

Twitter: @osakahockey

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/osakahockey

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