We are delighted to announce that the coaching team for our U18 National Programme will consist of Victor O'Brien as Head Coach and to be assisted by Viktors Serdjukovs and Dmitri Muskulidi.
Victor O'Brien has been involved in inline hockey in Ireland for over 20 years now, coaching at various levels and competitions throughout that time, most notably with Cork Inline Hockey clubs. Victor has also played at and experienced some of the greatest inline events in the World including the Sparta Cup and San Diego AAA, so brings plenty of intentional inline hockey knowledge to the role. Victor is keen to see the young players in Ireland further develop as they are the future of our sport.
Viktors Serdjukovs currently coaches the Drogheda Arrows junior club and comes from a mostly ice hockey background, playing professionally in his home country of Latvia. Viktors represented Latvia at U20 level so will bring international competition experience to the role, vital experience he can share with our young players.
Dmitri Muskulidi coached the Warriors/Hawks U18 team last year to a 3rd place finish. Dmitri will bring a lot of passion to the role and like the Victor and Viktor is eager to see young players develop and enjoy the game of hockey. Dmitri has also been an assistant coach within the Junior Giants organisation the last number of years, experience which could prove vital.
Victor O'Brien, Head Coach
"I am looking forward to the challenge of coaching our finest players from across the isle and look to help develop the players that are the future of our sport. I will be looking to select players from both the trial and from watching the U18 league, monitoring how individuals are working hard to get better."
Viktors Serdjukovs, Assistant Coach
"I am looking forward to help young players improve they skills and understanding the game of hockey. I am very pleased to be part of the Junior National Programme."
Dmitri Muskulidi, Assistant Coach
"I am very pleased to be given this opportunity to help young players develop. I know there are a lot of good hardworking players out there and am looking forward to working with them."
Michael Creane, Chairperson
"These three individuals bring heaps of passion about junior hockey to their respective roles, which will be a key factor to the success of the programme. They also bring plenty of experience in hockey to their roles and most notably experience with coaching junior players. All three are not just eager to see young players develop but also continue to learn as coaches to bring even more knowledge to the roles."