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Another major award for Irish hockey as Craig Fulton scoops Coach of the Year prize

FIH President praises “huge impact” of Irish coach, who steered country to Olympic qualification.

Fulton was twice an Olympian as a player, representing South Africa at the 1996 and 2004 Games.
Fulton was twice an Olympian as a player, representing South Africa at the 1996 and 2004 Games.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

IRISH HOCKEY’S REMARKABLE rise has been recognised with a second major international honour.

Craig Fulton has been voted men’s Coach of the Year by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), joining David Harte who was named Goalkeeper of the Year on Tuesday.

The South African native masterminded Ireland’s qualification for their first Olympic Games since 1908, ending a wait of more than 100 years.

FIH President Leandro Negre praised the influence of both Fulton and Great Britain assistant coach Karen Brown, who won the women’s award.

“Congratulations to Craig and Karen who have made a huge impact on the sport in 2016 [sic], both helping guide their teams to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games amongst some other key medal wins.”

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