Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ric Charlesworth to quit as Australian coach after 2014 Commonwealth Games

Legendary Australian men’s hockey team coach Ric Charlesworth will quit his job after the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 62-year-old, who served as coach of the Kookaburras for six years, had guided them to glory in the 2010 World Cup, 2010 Commonwealth Games titles, besides helping them garner a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics bronze medal as well as four Champions Trophy gold medals.

The celebrated Aussie coach is believed to be keen on spending more time with his family – not allocating adequate time to his family is seen as the main reason for him calling it quits.

Under the tutelage of Charlesworth, Australian men recently occupied the world number one ranking after last achieving the same in 2010. Charlesworth made his international debut in 1972 and was capped 227 times before retiring after the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

He also served as coach of the Australian women's field hockey team from 1993-2000 and was also a technical advisor to Indian hockey team from 2007-08.
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