The KNHB received the sad message that at the beginning of this week at the age of 79 KNHB-Leercoach Franklin Dikmoet passed away.
Many hockey players and coaches remember Franklin as a striking hockey personality. Always armed with a smile, humor and enthusiasm, in his role as KNHB Learning Coach, he taught many coaches the intricacies of the trade during our courses. Whoever asked Franklin for help was never disappointed, as many HT2 and HT3 trainers have experienced over the years.
Originally Franklin came from a completely different sport, basketball. As a basketball player he played in the Eredivisie; later he became a trainer/coach and founded the Lokomotiv basketball club in Rijswijk. Around 1975 he took his first steps on the hockey fields at the Rijswijkse Hockey Club.
The last hockey position Franklin filled was that of Technical Coordinator at HC Ypenburg. That was a position that fit him like a jacket. But his path there was very diverse. In 1984 he was already affiliated with the KNHB and trained young trainers and coaches. In addition, he was trainer/coach of many different women’s and men’s teams, at a very diverse level. Bloemendaal, Laren, HGC, hdm, Amsterdam, Gooische, Push, Ring Pass, Little Switzerland, Westland and Rotterdam; just a selection of some associations for which he was active.
Franklin was also liked internationally. He was assistant to Roelant Oltmans at the Dutch National Team for Women, and assistant to Norbert Nederlof at the Junior Men’s Team. And together with Eric Verboom he coached the Dutch Junior Women. Franklin became European Champion in London (outdoor, 2016) and World Champion Indoor Hockey in Germany (2017) with the Dutch Hockey Masters Women 40+.
Franklin Dikmoet was a basketball player who breathed all sport. Enthusiastic, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable, spontaneous, sociable and with an enormous track record in the Dutch hockey world. Board and employees of the KNHB will miss Franklin. We wish his wife, children and his (hockey) friends a lot of strength in those many associations.