Today, June 30th, England Hockey have announced that Jason Lee has stepped down as the head coach of the women’s national team.
After a disappointing World Cup in June, England women’s head coach has decided to step down after a review process, the decision was made mutually by the governing body of hockey in England and himself.
England Hockey have expressed their gratitude to the work Jason Lee has put in over the years for both the men’s and women’s squads, with great appreciation for his dedication and passion for hockey.
Jason Lee became a coach after playing for England and Great Britain himself, becoming one of the youngest coaches at only 33 throughout the British Olympic camp during the 2004 Olympics.
He retired from playing after the World Cup in 1998 and took on the role of coach at Loughborough Students and England.
According to a statement on England Hockey’s website, the Chief Executive Sally Munday commented:
“We would like to thank Jason for his hard work and dedication as coach of both national sides. He has made an outstanding contribution to England and Great Britain’s hockey teams over a coaching career of more than ten years.”
Jason Lee commented:
“I would like to thank those who took a chance appointing me as Head Coach back in 2003. It has been an honour to take teams to three Olympics and three World Cups. It has been very disappointing that the last major event turned out as it did. I wish my successor all the very best and hope that both Great Britain teams can make it to Rio.”
Jason Lee’s international coaching career – selected highlights
England and Great Britain men’s team:
- Appointed Head Coach of the England men’s team in 2003
- Olympic Games career: 2004, 2008, 2012
- European Championships: 2009 Gold medal, 2011 Bronze medal
- Champions Trophy: 2010 Silver medal
England women’s team:
- Appointed Head Coach of the England women’s in 2013
- EuroHockey Championships: 2013 Silver medal
- FIH Hockey World League: 2013 Bronze medal