The Royal Dutch Hockey Association (KNHB) has appointed Rick Mathijssen as assistant trainer in the coaching team of the Dutch National Team Men under the guidance of national coach Max Caldas.
Mathijssen succeeds Graham Reid who was appointed at the beginning of April as national coach of India (Gentlemen).
Mathijssen indicated in December 2018 that he is busy with his last season with Dames 1 van Amsterdamsche H. & BC (Amsterdam).
With this team Mathijssen became Dutch champion last weekend by beating HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch Ladies 1 in the final of the play-offs.
During the Easter weekend, he also won the Euro Hockey Club Cup (EHCC) with Amsterdam.
Rick Mathijssen was previously national coach of various selection teams of the KNHB.
He has coached the Dutch Girls A team from 2013-2015 and subsequently became national coach of the Dutch Juniors Ladies.
Last year, at the KNHB, Mathijssen made the switch to the boys’ line and became the national coach of Dutch Boys A.
He now resigns from this position to work full-time on the staff of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts (Tokyo). Dutch National Team Men.
National coach Max Caldas is happy with his new assistant, who will be joining the Dutch national team as of mid-June.
“We have searched for an assistant who is both analytically strong and who can operate independently in the field. We also think it is important that we give good Dutch coaches the opportunity to take the next step in their career. I am convinced that together with Rick we have found the right man to take the place of Graham in our coaching team. ”
In June the Dutch national team plays various group matches in the FIH Pro League.
With a top four qualification, the team qualifies for the Grand Final, which will be played from 27 June to 30 June in the Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam.
The European Championship in Antwerp (Belgium) will follow in August.
Both tournaments offer the Dutch National Men Team the opportunity to qualify for a place in the Olympic TeamNL team participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.