Beeston Men’s 1st team approach the start of the season with a strong and passionate management team now in place.
Former Beeston Captain, Stephen Wood, will head up the coaching team for the 2016/17 season. ‘Woody’ made a record number of 393 appearances (60 goals) for 1st team between 1993-2011.
Following his appointment this morning he said ‘“For me it is all about getting the players to have pride in pulling on the shirt. We are looking to build a team of players who can compete at the highest level. We have amazing facilities, a great support network and passion to succeed. I am honoured to have been asked to be a part of the team.”
Supporting Stephen in the coaching team will be another former Beeston stalwart, James McBlane. James retired from playing first team hockey in 2012 and has been assisting with the coaching and video analysis ever since. Steve Musson rejoins the coaching team with a focus on strength and conditioning for the group of players.
The manager for next season will be Graham Griffiths. Graham had a brief break last season from the role but is now back at the helm in his 30th year. Graham Is the longest standing manager in National League history. Assisting Graham will be his eldest son, David Griffiths. Another former Beeston Captain, David played first team hockey between 2002-2010 before stepping down from playing to focus on running the facility at Nottingham Hockey Centre. David still holds the men’s 1st team goal scoring record with 129 goals.
The management team is completed with the re-appointment of Ali Crewesmith and Sarah Harlington who head up the physiotherapy team.
Manager Graham Griffiths commented, “I’m really excited about this announcement. Getting Stephen back involved in the men’s 1st team is an extremely positive move. This is a strong group of passionate people and we are all looking forward to the new season.”