The Germany Women’s national coach Xavier Reckinger has expanded his coaching staff for the “Road to Tokyo” and has appointed 2x Olympic Champion Teun de Nooijer as assistant coach of the team.
The new DANAS assistant coach is a legend not only in his native Netherlands.
Teun de Nooijer, 43, played 453 times in his 20-year national team career for “Oranje”, scoring 219 goals, and winning two Olympics, two World Cups and two European championship and three times between 2003 and 2006, world hockey player.
This de Nooijer will be mainly responsible for the midfield.
Speaking about Teun’s appointment, Chief Coach Xavier Reckinger said :
“For the preparation for the Olympics, it was important for me to bring in more consistency in order to create a common thread in the development. In the search for a candidate I was looking for an expert in midfield – since we already have good experts in the forward and the defence line.”
In June, the women’s team started looking for such an expert – and Teun de Nooijer quickly became the number one choice.
Speaking about his appointment, Teun explained : “It’s always appealing and good for your own development to also work abroad. In addition, the German women are a team with huge potential.”
De Nooijer who is a partner at an international recruitment consultancy called McDermott & Bull Europe, said he won’t have trouble managing his work and coaching assignment.
“It works wonderfully because our company wants to expand its activities into the German market and wants to open several offices in Germany in the future. It’s a win-win situation, so to speak.” Teun said.
Teun de Nooijer’s wife is Philippa Suxdorf, a native of Hamburg, who has played 149 times for Germany and won in 1998, among other World Cup Bronze in Utrecht.