NSWIS Women’s Hockey Head Coach Katrina Powell has been named the next Head Coach of the Hockeyroos.
Powell’s appointment will see her take charge of Australia’s national women’s team from now to the end of the Tokyo Olympics and becomes the first female Hockeyroos Head Coach since Colleen Quinn in 1978.
Following a decorated playing career which included 252 games and 141 goals for the Hockeyroos, Powell has been in various coaching roles since 2005.
“We are delighted to have appointed Katrina to take the Hockeyroos through what is a crucial and exciting period,” said Hockey Australia President Mel Woosnam.
“The past months have been a challenging period for everyone associated with the Hockeyroos but we feel Katrina is the right person to get the best out of this group and continue in its Olympic preparations.
“Katrina brings her own strengths, experience and knowledge to the role as well as knowing what it takes to achieve at the highest level.
“We are confident of the positive impact she will have on the development and improvement of the squad in this short time ahead of and during the Games.”
Powell’s previous coaching tenures at international level include National Women’s Assistant Coach from 2005-2012, a member of the Hockeyroos’ coaching staff at the 2010 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, coaching support staff during the Hockeyroos’ 2008 and 2012 Olympic campaigns, and most recently Hockeyroos Assistant Coach at the 2019 Oceania Cup.
“It is a really quick turnaround to the Olympics and I am well aware of that but I am so excited by the opportunity that is in front of me,” said Powell.
“My objective is not to overhaul the hard work that has already been done. I am keen to bring in a fresh set of eyes, ideas and approach that will help this team be successful.”
“There is still a lot of work to do between now and the Olympics and I am eager to get straight into it and help these girls reach their potential because it is a highly talented squad that can finish on the dais in Tokyo.”
Hockey Australia noted their appreciation of NSWIS for supporting Powell’s transition to Perth in order to fulfil the role.
“Katrina has proven herself to be a world-class coach and we are thrilled to see her leading the Hockeyroos on the world’s biggest stage,” said NSWIS CEO Kevin Thompson
“It’s fantastic to see a female coach leading the team for the first time in 40 years and we wish Katrina, the Hockeyroos and Hockey Australia every success in Tokyo and beyond.”