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Ross to leave hockey programme at the end of the season

James Ross is leaving his role as Performance Ladies Hockey Coach at Loughborough University to take up a new position as Director of Hockey at Hill House School in Doncaster.  From September Ross will be overseeing both the boy’s and girl’s hockey programmes at the school, which has big plans for sport. The move will also allow him to be closer to his young family.

During his four years at Loughborough Ross has developed the ladies hockey programme through a combination of his passion for the sport and his drive to improve both on and off the pitch. Ross has seen his athletes develop both as hockey players and as people, and has enjoyed reaching the BUCS Finals on three occasions.

Before his depature, Ross will hope to guide his side to BUCS glory on Wednesday, as they take on the University of Birmingham in Bath.

Of his time at Loughborough Ross said:

To be given the opportunity to lead the Ladies Hockey Programme at Loughborough was a life-long dream, and I am extremely grateful to have been involved for the last four years. We have seen many players continue to represent at both National League and higher levels of the game, with recent success in supporting Ellie Rayer into a fully centralised contract whilst only in her second year of studies.

The future of the programme looks very strong, with a fantastic list of potential students named on the 2017 roster, so I look forward to supporting both the playing and coaching team for the seasons ahead. Loughborough will always be a major part of my coaching career, and I thank everybody involved for such a great chapter of my development.

Ross leaves the ladies hockey programme at an exciting place in its evolution.  Investment into hockey has continued to grow, most notably in sports science & medicine, as well as with pitch improvements including the recent addition of a new scoreboard.  The recruitment of an addition to the coaching team will begin shortly to allow the new person to settle in before the 2017-18 season begins.

John Steele, Executive Director of Sport, commented:

I wish James every success in the next stage of his coaching journey and hopefully we will be welcoming some of his students to Loughborough in the future.

Having said that this is an exciting time for ladies hockey at Loughborough.  We are fully committed to our vision of providing ‘a sporting experience that is so positive it is life shaping’ and I look forward to welcoming a new coach to our team to help deliver that in the hockey programme.  The opportunity for our players to develop both on and off the pitch is exceptional, and we will be seeking a coach with the drive, passion and enthusiasm to take our hockey programme forward to the next level.

James is a well-known character within hockey and his enthusiasm and commitment will be missed.

If you have any questions about ladies hockey at Loughborough please contact Jo Emmett, Head of Performance Programmes on j.emmett@lboro.ac.uk.