New support staff for Indian men, women hockey teams

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NEW DELHI: Hockey India on Friday announced that Rhett Halkett and Alan Tan will join the support staff of the Indian men's hockey team in their new roles as analytical coach and scientific advisor respectively. 

HI has earlier announced Craig Fulton as the new chief coach for the men's hockey team. 

HI also announced that former Japan women's hockey team head coach Anthony Farry will fill in the position of analytical coach of the Indian women's hockey team. 

Rhett, a former South African international, amassed 155 international caps between 2010 and 2018. In 2020, Rhett went on to join the Netherlands women's hockey team as assistant coach. In his one-year tenure, he was part of the support staff during the FIH Women's Pro League 2020-21, European Championships and Tokyo Olympics. In 2022 Rhett took over the role of assistant coach for the Scotland men's hockey team and also led Scotland U-21 men's hockey team as head coach.

Alan Tan comes with over 10.5 years of experience working as the strength and conditioning coach at the NSW Institute of Sport from January 2011 to September 2021. He also went on to take over the role of National Development Squad Program manager at Wheelchair Rugby Australia from August 2021 to March 2023. 

Meanwhile, Anthony Farry taking on the role of analytical coach is backed by a three-year stint as the assistant coach for Hockey ACT and Hockey Australia between December 2008 and 2011. He came into the limelight during his tenure as Canada men's hockey team head coach and high-performance director between August 2011 and February 2017, with Canada successfully qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games through the World League qualification system, for the first time in history. 

He also helped Canada U-21 men's hockey team qualify for two consecutive editions of the Junior World Cups. Farry also went on to lead Japan women's hockey team as the head coach and high-performance director between February 2017 and August 2020. Under his guidance, Japan won their first Gold medal in the Asian Games in 2018. Farry took over the role of USA women's hockey team head coach and high-performance director between August 2020 and April 2022.