Salva Indurain, the newly appointed coach of Spain men.
Salva Indurain, the newly appointed coach of Spain men.
(Photo: RFEH)

Real Federación Española de Hockey (Royal Spanish Hockey Federation) President Santiago Deo has announced the new Head Coaches for the Spanish men's and women's teams.

Salva Indurain has made the switch from women’s Head Coach to take charge of the men, replacing previous coach Dani Martiń who decided to step down following the London 2012 Olympic Games. Spain’s women will be led by Englishman Adrian Lock, who has been promoted from his previous position of Assistant Coach.

Between 1997 and 2009, 57-year-old Indurain had a successful spell as the Coach of the Spanish junior men's team, winning Gold medals at three EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships as well as a Bronze at the 2005 Junior World Cup. From 1997 to 1999 and again from 2009 to 2011, Indurain also worked with the men's senior side in the role of Assistant Coach, a position he held until being given named women’s Head Coach in 2011. He has initially been contracted up until the 2014 World Cup in The Hague.

"This is the most coherent decision at the moment”, said RFEH President Santiago Deo regarding the appointment of Salva Indurain. “He is a home-grown coach, he knows all the players very well because he formed them as they moved through his junior side. He knows the national team perfectly."

When Indurain was confirmed as the new Head Coach of the Spanish men, it became apparent that the obvious choice to lead the women’s team forward was Adrian Lock. The 36-year-old served as the Head Coach for the women's U18 national team between 2008 and 2010, and also took on the same role with the women’s U21 side in 2009. He has been the Assistant coach of the senior women’s team since 2011.

"It was the logical decision after Salva Indurain moved over to the men's team," continued President Deo. "Adrian is the most suitable person to take on the generational restructuring of our women's team because of his profound knowledge of all the young players in this new generation and also his understanding of women's international hockey."

Source Material: Real Federación Española de Hockey Media Release