The club is pleased to announce that David Miles, last season's Ladies 1st team coach/manager, will take on the Men's 2nd team coach role for the up-coming 2020/21 season.
This will be David's second year at the club after previously being a player/coach for Romsey's Men's 1st team and also the Director of Coaching at the same club. He did play for Trojans before in the U18s junior squad during 2000-2002, then deciding to leave and start a new project that involved reforming a new club in 2003 at the age of 19.
He is also the current Hampshire Hockey Junior Performance Director (since 2018), and is an England Hockey Performance Centre Coach (since 2016).
We asked him why he chose to accept the offer to become the Men's 2s coach, his replay:
"I was intrigued and excited by the role working with the 2nd XI and helping to develop and integrate the junior players into the senior's section. There is a huge amount of depth and potential at the club within the men's section, so there is an opportunity to work on developing a culture of progression and competitiveness throughout the 1st & 2nd XI. I am hoping it will lead to an increase in quality across the board and help create smoother transitions between the squads from top to bottom."
He will also add his own spin on the way the players will be managed, which will include looking to add a fresh approach and energy to the team. This will offer a progressive and structured environment to encourage stretch and development, not just for junior players but also senior players within the squad.
A heavy focus on key principles of play looking to create structure, discipline and robustness in their defending as well as fluidity, speed and creativity in their attacking hockey. An environment will be created so that it encourages advanced decision making and creativity to allow the players to flourish and develop without boundaries.
David will have much to inject into roll including most importantly:
"My values, as a coach alongside identifying the squads needs, are about applying principles that the squad will set to use as a focus for the season and looking to players to be involved in their progression and development as much as possible."
"Also a new perspective, with me coming in from outside the club and coming from a predominantly junior development background i feel i can start to create a culture around the squad that will not only benefit the squad but the men's section as a whole, utilising the full potential of the youth players progressing into the Men's section and creating an environment where they develop and draw on the amazing knowledge and experience of senior players involved at the club."
Even in this surreal time with Covid-19 causing disruption to usual plans, David is remaining positive and has a pre-season build up plan has already been formulated, which includes a full restart in September. Looking to start on-pitch stick and ball training at the start of August in order to get everyone ticking both mentally and physically as well. Focusing mainly on intensity, off-the-ball work rate, attentiveness, defending against fluid shapes, and application whilst in-and-out of possession.
Friendlies have already been pencilled in on 5th, 12th & 19th September with the league, proposed to start on Sept 26th.
He was also asked what his future aspirations within the role with the team and the following were outlined:
The short/long term overriding aspiration or goal is to close the gap between the 1st & 2nd XI squad by winning promotion to Hants/Surrey Div 2 and higher.
Create a large and competitive squad ensuring there is competition for places all over the pitch.
Creation of a stable and competitive environment that will allow players to develop and improve to challenge for a 1st XI squad place,
Look to use this environment to create a healthy as well as a productive route to the first team for all players, as this is essential to ensure there is no separation and the Men's section continues to be successful.
He was also enthusiastic to add:
"Trojans is a superb club with a wonderful heritage and I hope within my new role I can contribute to the club as much as possible."
We all wish him well and the best of luck for the upcoming season.