Daniel has been with the club for 16 seasons now. He started as player coming through the Youth ranks starting at Under 12s and reaching Under 16s. Danny has played indoor and outdoor hockey which has helped him over the years to develop all the core stills for hockey. Danny has also represented senior men’s teams from the 1st team to the Development team, whilst playing Danny also took a passion for umpiring working his way through the umpire pathway as a 14 year old umpiring from Under 10’s games to High Performance Centre games, he has also umpired at Yorkshire Premier Division. Danny decided to call time on playing and umpiring and focus on the coaching which he has worked hard on and obtained his Level 2 coaching badge in 2019. Before he got his Level 2 Danny had been coaching the junior section of the club and also coaching the ladies team for 3 years. Danny received a lot of compliments about his style of coaching and player management, the committee of the club and the head coach at the time (Stuart Harrison) agreed that Danny was the man for the future of the club.
We have been lucky enough to ask him a few questions on how he feels about becoming the new head coach and some targets he has set out.
How do you feel about getting the role of Club Coach?
Happy and nervous. Happy because the work I’ve put in but nervous because Stuart has done a lot of great work and it’s not easy to follow.
Why did you start coaching?
Playing was becoming more and more difficult for me, I wanted to stay involved and coaching was a natural step for me.
Over the next 3 years where do you want Bradford Men’s Ladies and Juniors to be?
I would like at least one men’s team to be promoted over the next three years, the ladies to take back their spot in div 4 and to be able to compete regularly at each age group for juniors.
In the past where have you coached?
Bradford HC for a number of years, WY academy centre and recently Bingley HC.
What have been some of the challenges you have faced coming through the coaching system?
Initially learning that not everyone finds things easy, not everyone has the same skill-set and finding different ways to get information across.
This will be your 1st year coaching a mens 1st team. How does this make you feel and what are your expectations?
Happy for the opportunity but not sure what to expect this season. Covid has made it so the upcoming season will be very different, with there likely to be little to no pre-season we will have to see.
What would you see as a successful year for the club?
Realistically, men’s 1 & 2 holding their position in the leagues, men’s 3 & ladies 1 pushing for promotion.