(Photo: Grant Treeby)

Hockey New Zealand has announced Sean Dancer as assistant coach of the Black Sticks Women.

Dancer, who has worked for over four years at Wellington Hockey Association, replaces previous assistant coach Greg Nicol. He will start in the role on 1 February.

Head coach Mark Hager says “Along with enthusiasm and fresh thinking, Sean will bring with him a wealth of experience gained from his time coaching in Belgium, as well as his work with both Black Sticks Men’s and Women’s team over the last few years.”

It is a massive year of hockey with World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy all on the cards for the team in the next twelve months.

“The Black Sticks Women have proved they are a quality international side and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity and challenge of working as part of the programme,” says Dancer.

Dancer will join the team for their upcoming tour to San Diego in early February (departing 6 February), where they will play tests against the United States and Great Britain.

“Living in Wellington and working for Capital Hockey has been a fantastic experience. During my time here I have certainly  enhanced my skills and I will miss the amazing hockey environment down here,” says Dancer.

Hockey New Zealand Media release