Pembroke announce high quality Men’s Coaching Team


Pembroke announce high quality Men’s Coaching Team


Pembroke have been quick to secure a high quality management team for 2015/16 inaugural full IHL season. Former Irish National Men’s Coach and Performance Director David Passmore will head up the team after peripheral involvement over the past season and a half in which the team have reached two Irish Senior Cup Final weekends (losing narrowly on strokes in 2014) and the IHL semi finals this year. As Irish National coach David improved the teams FIH ranking from 24th to 16th narrowly missing out on the Beijing Olympics. He has successfully coached a number of club teams in Ireland (Cork Harlequins and Catholic Institute Women) achieving four Munster league titles along with Club Championships and ISC finals. Before that he was also highly successful in England both with international and with club teams.  David was delighted to take up the position along with the overall Junior Club Director of Coaching ‘Pembroke is a great club with excellent facilities, infra structure and history. We need to build on the recent rebuilding by Paddy Conlon and others at all levels of the club. The club unquestionably has the potential to be the best in Ireland again and that excites me’.


David will be assisted by Mick McKinnon and Justin Sherriff. McKinnon and Passmore both herald from the same club in South London. Mick has had unprecedented success in developing players and teams at Armagh and Railway Union women (winning a number of national ISC and IHL titles) whilst also successfully coaching the U18 women’s team. He was previously caretaker coach for the Irish Senior Men and assists with team preparation as part of Craig Fulton’s backroom team.  Former international striker Justin Sherriff finishes the coaching team. One of Europe’s most feared strikers, this will be Justin’s second season with the team providing much needed continuity. Justin will have specific focus on skill and set piece development with the 1st XI and will also bring this down in to the junior members of the club. Of the coaching team Club Captain Andrew Cooke enthused ‘The coaching team is ideal in terms of it’s experience, depth and quality. David has demonstrated excellent vision for the team in both the short and long term whilst both Justin and Mick, who have both previously worked with the squad. Each provide very differing strengths and continuity’.


A change in Manager is also announced with the appointment of Colm O’Hare following Robbie Meany stepping down. Colm will help develop a professional set up both on and off the field dealing with logistics, fundraising. Mark Kavanagh, Irish Ladies Performance Analyst will provide the role again to the men’s squad and there will be an Athletic Training Therapist supporting with injuries and rehabilitation. Andrew Cooke highlighted that ‘we support fully David’s vision for creating a performance culture within the club and this starts with a high quality management team. This is essential in the first year of a full national league’. Whilst Pembroke is expecting a number of new high profile recruits to the club they are open to any players who wish to avail of a professional type set up that extends down through the club.   The junior boys’ teams will also be a priority, with the men’s players supporting a number of quality coaches working with these boys. Should you wish to enquire about joining please contact Andrew Cooke on 087 6557271 or David Passmore on 087 9373750.

Posted by PWHC

Recent News

We’re looking for a Juniors Administrator

Founded in 1922, Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club is an amateur sports organisation, rooted in the community. As…

Read More

Men’s 1st XI Coaching Announcement 2024/25 Season

Men’s 1st XI Coaching Announcement 2024/25 Season   On behalf of Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club, I am…

Read More

Join our Family Fun Day!

To celebrate the end of our hockey season, all members, Juniors and Seniors, are invited to our…

Read More