Spartans Announce New Coach for 2013/14 Season
New Coach Martin White. Pictured here in his previous stint as Spartans coach. National Cup & Playoff Champions 2006/2007.
Sheffield Spartans are pleased to announce that they have appointed Martin White as their new coach for next season.
For those of you who donâ€™t know Martin he began Coaching under the tutorship of Sheffieldâ€™s â€œFather of Hockeyâ€ Mr Craig Webster, when the club played out of the Queens Road Silver Blades Rink. He started coaching at 16 with the U10â€™s and progressed through the club coaching the U12â€™s, U16â€™s, U19â€™s, Spartans & U18â€™. He also had brief spells at Nottingham and Whitley as well as having coached the Midlands Conference teams for around 12 years.
Martin commentedâ€¦I will be looking to utilise a playing style that will suit the squad selected at trials in June, and will also be including a few of the U18â€™s who are of a good enough ability from the start of the season, with a view to them pushing for regular game day inclusion throughout the season â€“ ability and attitude permitting.
The current Spartans squad has a strong roster with some great experience and ability, this supplemented with the regular inclusion of the top two or three U18â€™s will increase competition within the squad and also not leave us short of numbers should players be unavailable.
Spartans Manager, Lynn Millard addedâ€¦Martin White offered his support towards the end of this season, which was more than welcomed. Martin has been the coach of the Spartans before; knows all the players and understands our game. He also knows all the opponents we play. We are in the great position to know that Martin will be coaching next year full time and I donâ€™t think anyone on the team will be disappointed with that decision. Martin brings a wealth of coaching experience but also knows when humour is required in the dressing room!
Martin will be on the bench in our last game at home to Solway on Sunday night & Iâ€™m sure everyone associated with the Spartans wishes him the very best of luck in his new role within Sheffield hockey!