Following yesterday’s announcement of our Head Coaches for season 3 of the Hockey One League, the Adelaide Fire is bolstering its coaching line up with yet another internationally experienced coach.
The Adelaide Fire welcomes Australian hockey great and highly credentialed international coach, MARK HAGER, as the Adelaide Fire Men’s Assistant Coach for Season 3 along with Men’s Head Coach, Roel van Maastrigt.
Hager’s own playing career included two Olympic appearances for the Kookaburras, including one as Captain at the 1996 Olympic in Atlanta, where the Kookaburras secured the bronze medal.
Following an illustrious playing career, Hager has forged a highly successful coaching career since the early 2000’s. Hager recently returned to Australia after spending 13 years overseas. During this time, he coached the Great Britain’s Women’s Team to a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and coached the New Zealand Women’s Team at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
Hager is the current Hockey Australia National Athlete Pathway Program (NAPP) Technical Lead – Women, and recently spent time in Adelaide during the Hockeyroos v India Series to mentor as part of the Hockey Australia Mini Camp Series.
Mark Hager’s proven world class coaching history for developing Australian hockey talent brings an exciting element and dynamic to the Adelaide Fire squad. His international experience and hockey knowledge is second to none. The Adelaide Fire is beyond excited to have Mark on board, and we look forward to seeing the impact Hager will bring to the Adelaide Fire this season.
Mark Hager continues to work closely with Head Coach, Roel van Maastrigt, on the Adelaide Fire Men’s squad. We look forward to announcing key player signings in the coming weeks.
The Adelaide Fire’s Season 3 of the Hockey One league will commence in October.
Adelaide Fire Men’s Assistant Coach (2023)
Hockey Australia National Athlete Pathway Program (NAPP) Technical Lead – Women (2021 – Current)
Playing Career –
* Kookaburras, Olympic representative (1988 in Seoul & 1996 in Atlanta – Captain, Bronze Medal)
Coaching Career –
* Tokyo Olympics – Head Coach, Great Britain Women (Bronze) (2020)
* Commonwealth Games – Head Coach, New Zealand Women (Gold) (2018)
* Rio de Janeiro Olympics – Head Coach, New Zealand Women (4th) (2016)
* London Olympics – Head Coach, New Zealand Women (4th) (2012)
* Beijing Olympics – Assistant Coach, Australian Men (Bronze) (2008)
* 8 Nations – Head Coach, Australian U21 Men (Gold) (2009)
* Youth Olympics – Head Coach, Australia (Gold) (2007)
* Australian Institute Team – Head Coach (2005 – 2007)
* U21 World Cup – Head Coach, Australia (Silver) (2005)
* Athens Olympics – Asst Coach, Australian Women (5th) (2004)
* Champions Trophy – Asst Coach, Australian Women (Gold) (2003)
* World Cup – Asst Coach, Australian Women (4th) (2002)
* Champions Trophy – Asst Coach, Australian Women (4th) (2002)
* Champions Trophy – Asst Coach, Australian Women (Bronze) (2001)
* U21 World Cup – Head Coach, Australian Women (Bronze) (2001)
* AHL – Head Coach, WA Thundersticks (2 x Golds) (1998 – 2000)