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Wiegman to succeed Neville as England coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Unknown Nigerian joins Swindon Town Tottenham’s Dier gets four-game ban for confronting fan Dele Alli gets one-match ban Sarina Wiegman will be the next head coach of England’s women’s national team, the Football Association has confirmed.The Netherlands coach, who was named The Best FIFA Women’s Coach in 2017 after leading the Dutch to the UEFA Women’s EURO title on home soil, will take charge as Phil Neville’s successor in September 2021. Wiegman’s first major tournament with the Lionesses will be another home Women’s EURO, although first she will lead the Netherlands into the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo.She said: “I’m delighted and honoured to join England Women next year. England is the cradle of football and the major developments in women’s football globally over recent years have been led by The FA. I’m very much looking forward to contributing my experience and expertise to this ambitious team.“The ride with the ‘Oranje Lionesses’ has been amazing so far, but we haven’t reached our final destination yet. There are two more goals: qualifying for the UEFA Women’s EURO in 2022 and challenging at the Olympics next summer. That would be a fitting completion for me of everything we’ve strived to achieve in women’s football in my home country.”Neville, meanwhile, will continue as England coach until July 2021, with a decision yet to be taken on who will coach Team GB at next year’s Olympics.The FA’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, who will be involved in those talks, said of Wiegman’s appointment: “We are thrilled to have secured Sarina to lead the Lionesses until 2025. She was the outstanding candidate from a very strong field. Having won a home EURO in 2017 and leading the Netherlands to the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup last year, she is a proven winner and we are confident she can take England to the next level, giving us the best possible opportunity of achieving our ambition to win a major tournament.” The FA’s director of women’s football, Sue Campbell, added: “It speaks volumes for the progress of England Women over recent years and the bold ambitions we have for the future that we had so many world-class candidates apply for the role.“Sarina was our number-one choice. She is the perfect cultural fit for us, which is crucially important in building a winning team. Her technical expertise, leadership skills and winning mentality is hugely impressive.“I am confident that together with our incredible support staff and ambitious, talented playing squad she can help us achieve the international success we are striving for.”Tags: FAPhil NevilleSarina WiegmanThe Best FIFA Women’s Coachlast_img read more

Hayes provides Orange with all-around play, leadership

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments All it took was a video. One in which Sarah Hayes’ all-around volleyball abilities were so apparent — so evident — that the Syracuse volleyball coaches immediately knew they were interested. And they hadn’t even seen her in person. ‘You could just tell that she had a really good court awareness and was an all-around player,’ Orange assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘I saw the quickness. I gave the video to Jing (Pu), and he saw the same things I did.’ But they both saw the 5-foot-9 Hayes playing defense for the Orange. A switch in positions was in order. Hayes had always been an outside hitter in high school, a level at which her height didn’t inhibit her ability to play offense. But to play in the Big East, her height made the change to defense somewhat inevitable. Four years later, adjustments long out of the way, the senior captain has become a reliable leader for the Orange both on and off the court. Hayes knew she wouldn’t be recruited to play offense at the Division I level. She was all but guaranteed a spot on defense. But the switch was no problem for Hayes. Instead the outside hitter turned defensive specialist has learned to love her position because, well, she doesn’t have much of a choice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘I love offense,’ Hayes said. ‘But I mean, (defense) is my position on this team, that’s my role. You sort of just have to love it.’ The hard hits to the floor Hayes takes every time she dives to make a dig never show up in the box score. Neither does her job of having to defend against the smashing hits opposing hitters — who can be five inches taller than her — sent in her direction. Defense is a thankless job, so for Hayes, it’s a good thing she’s able to love it. But like her all-around volleyball abilities, her leadership abilities are just as strong and just as important. That’s why her teammates named her captain at the start of the year. Last season, her ability to become a vocal on-court leader of the Orange started to show itself, LaMarche said. ‘I guess that has to do with some of her confidence and her feeling that this is her team,’ LaMarche said. ‘It’s great because she’ll be the one to speak up in practice or in games and kind of get people going if it’s getting kind of sluggish.’ But there’s nothing sluggish about Hayes’ play on the court. Her quickness gives SU’s coaches the opportunity to have two players capable of playing libero — Hayes and junior Ashley Williams. It’s not a luxury every coach has, but Hayes’ quick reactions to opposing offenses allow Pu and LaMarche to have that choice. Those quick reactions make it much more difficult for other teams to find the holes in Syracuse’s defense. If they hit in Hayes’s direction, there’s a good chance the Orange will be able to return it back over the net. As Syracuse heads into the final stretch of its season, the final push to the playoffs, Hayes will be depended on to continue giving the Orange offensive opportunities. With SU on the bubble for a Big East tournament berth, this is the time that Hayes’ quick reactions are needed most. Syracuse will need every opportunity it can get if it wants to find itself with a spot in the conference playoffs, and it starts with the leader of its counterattack. ‘If something’s coming at her face, she can put her hands up and block it and actually have it be a ball that can be set,’ LaMarche said. ‘She has a quick reaction time.’ [email protected]center_img Published on November 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

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