A MIXED 2015/16 campaign saw Rugby & East Warwickshire ladies win promotion while the men tasted relegation but the club are hoping for a more consistent season with the arrival of two experienced coaches.
After dropping down to the Midlands Division One, Rugby’s men’s side are now full of anticipation and expectation after Greg Wade joined the club as its new elite coach.
As part of his new role, Wade will be overseeing the coaching program and taking a big role in the delivery first team alongside Henry Harrison.
Wade is currently Head of Hockey at Warwick School, which has recently been announced as an England Hockey Performance Centre, and he has spent the past four years working as head coach as National League side Olton & West Warwickshire.
Working with a mixture of junior and senior internationals, Wade kept Olton in a commanding position in the league but feels the time is right for a new challenge.
Wade brings a wealth of experience from the international stage having been heavily involved with the England Hockey Single System where he has coached the England Under-16 girl’s team.
He also remains active as a player and has ambitions to play for England’d Over-40s side in the future, which will see him involved with Rugby’s veteran side who will be looking to go one further than their Masters Final appearance at Lee Valley last season.
Rugby have also been boosted by the return of Szymon Oszyjczyk who will be back for a fifth consecutive season.
Oszyjczyk, who did have a spell back in Croatia last year during Christmans, has amassed over 170 goals at Rugby and has new ambitions this year to break the 200-goal marker, while also helping the club win promotion back to the Midland Premier Division.
The men’s first team get their 2016/17 campaign underway on October 1 but before then there is a full pre-season schedule lined up in September.