Robbie McMinn is relishing new role with Lurgan Ladies
Robbie McMinn has been appointed as Lurgan coach in what will be his first major post in the women's game.
He takes over from David Menaul who parted company with the Ulster Premier League club shortly before the end of last season.
McMinn has spent the last decade in various coaching roles with men's clubs like Newry, Bangor, Armagh and Kilkeel and says he is looking forward to this latest challenge.
"Lurgan is a forward looking club with a thriving youth section and they are a conveyer belt almost for young players who have gone on to play representative hockey and I want to help this continue," he says.
"It is a step into the unknown to an extent after having been coaching almost exclusively in the men's game, although when I was playing at Newry I did coach the ladies for a few seasons.
"But I am really looking forward to and excited by my appointment and I feel it is a good match given my enthusiasm and passion.
"The aim for the new season will be to secure a top three finish which would see us qualify for the second tier of the Irish Hockey League and I am really looking forward to the challenge."