India’s former hockey skipper Jude Felix will coach the Junior Men’s Hockey team, Hockey India announced on Tuesday.
“Jude Felix brings with him vast experience as former India Captain as well as a highly reputed Coach. Under him, we want to strengthen the junior core group,” Hockey India’s High Performance Director David John said in a statement.
The 33-member Junior Men’s core group will train under Felix as they prepare for defending their title of Junior Men World Champions.
“With Hockey India’s programs structured to bring good results in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games, I would expect players from this junior core group to push the seniors for a spot in the team,” John added.
In his playing days, Felix was a backbone of the Indian team’s half-back. His composed attitude with a wide vision for hockey’s development set him apart from his contemporaries.
Felix was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 1995 and captained the Indian team from 1993 to 1995. He also led the Indian team in the 1993 World Cup and the 1994 Asian Games.
“I am excited to take up this new role. The Junior Core Group was picked basis their performance in the National Championships and this group will be further pruned down to 18-member squad for the Sultan of Johor Cup, our first international tournament for this year,” Feliz, who assisted Men’s team Chief Coach Terry Walsh in 2014, said.