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Darren Smith takes charge of Black Sticks Men

Darren Smith takes charge of Black Sticks Men

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<p>Former Kiwi international Darren Smith has been named the new head coach of the Vantage Black Sticks Men</p>
<span>Former Kiwi international Darren Smith has been named the new head coach of the Vantage Black Sticks Men.<br>
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Smith, who played 212 tests for New Zealand from 1995 – 2006, takes over the top role following the departure of Colin Batch in December.<br>
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He was assistant coach of the Black Sticks Men from 2007 – 2012 before leading the Ireland Women’s programme as head coach from 2012 – 2015.<br>
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Smith is excited to take on the head coach role which has been a personal dream for a long time, moving on from his most recent role as High Performance Director at Softball New Zealand.<br>
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“I’m absolutely thrilled to be appointed head coach of the Vantage Black Sticks Men, it’s been something I’ve thought about for 20 odd years and a lot of my life choices have been moulded towards one day being in this role,” he said.<br>
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“The Blacks Sticks programme is something I’m hugely passionate about and I think it’s in great shape with plenty of potential to do even better.<br>
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“Hockey is on a high all around the world at the moment and to have both our Black Sticks teams ranked in the world’s top eight is a huge achievement.<br>
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“I’m really looking forward to getting in and spending time with the players, getting a depth of knowledge within the programme and getting started on the pitch.<br>
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“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Softball New Zealand, it’s been a role alongside great people that has allowed me to grow and develop into a position where I feel prepared to take charge of the Black Sticks Men and help them win on the world stage.”<br>
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Smith officially begins his role as head coach of the Vantage Black Sticks Men next week as he transitions into another big year for the programme.<br>
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The Black Sticks Men’s biggest focus this year is the FIH World League Semi Final in Johannesburg from 9-23 July which serves as a dual qualification event for the World League Final as well as the 2018 Hockey World Cup.<br>
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