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Jude Menezes takes on new challenge

Hockey New Zealand is announcing the bittersweet news that Jude Menezes has accepted a role as the new head coach of the Japan Women’s team – he will head off as soon as he gets his visa, which is likely to be in the next couple of weeks.

While we are sad to see him leave the Vantage Black Sticks family, this is a massive opportunity for him and we are excited to see what he will accomplish in his new role. He has been an integral part of our set-up since 2014 and has added an immense amount of value not just with his coaching but his expertise with the Vantage Black Sticks goalkeepers and defensive players.

Jude has had some great personal highlights with the Vantage Black Sticks. This includes the semi-final win against England, in a penalty shoot-out, followed by the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. The Oceania Cup win in 2019, which qualified the Vantage Black Sticks directly to the Tokyo Olympics. Jude has also coached at the Rio and Tokyo Olympic Games.

We would like to extend our biggest congratulations to Jude on this next step in his career – we know that he will make an incredible impact in Japan. He will always remain a part of our hockey whānau and he of course leaves with our full support and gratitude for what he has achieved here.

The process of finding a replacement for Jude will commence in the coming weeks.

  • November 2nd, 2021 in
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