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21 September 2007 PR 07/121

Former England netball captain and Great Britain hockey international join Loughborough coaching staff

Former England netball captain Olivia Murphy and Great Britain hockey international Jerome Goudie have been appointed as the new head coaches for netball and women’s hockey respectively at Loughborough University.

Both are Loughborough graduates and have been recruited as part of the University’s strategic objective to increase the number of full-time coaches, particularly in Olympic sports as it prepares for London 2012, employed at Britain’s top sporting educational institution.

“We are very pleased to have Olivia and Jerome joining us at Loughborough,” said Head of Performance Sport Andy Borrie. “They both have an intimate knowledge of our success and legacy, having graduated from the University and continuing to play for Loughborough-affiliated teams.

“Their appointments are also a testament to our desire to increase the number of full-time coaches at the University as we enhance our already world-class coaching expertise.
“We already employ 17 coaches on a full-time basis, more than any other higher education institution in Britain and we have the funding and top-level commitment to increase that number over the next five years.”

Murphy, who graduated in 1997 with a degree in economics, played for England 95 times and captained the side from 2000 until her retirement after winning bronze in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. The 30-year-old also won bronze medals at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and the 1999 World Championships.

She continued to play for the University’s franchise, the Loughborough Lightning, in Netball Super League after retiring from internationals and has been assistant coach for the last two seasons.

She will continue in that role for the 2007-08 season, playing and acting as an assistant coach.
Her main role will be to establish a high performance centre for netball at the University, which will include implementing improved strength and conditioning programmes for all of Loughborough’s netball squads and instituting new coaching structures.

“I am really looking forward to working with the talented athletes that we have at Loughborough,” said Murphy. “I have been working with them already (as an assistant coach) but this will be on a more hands-on day-to-day basis.

“From a personal point of view, moving to work at the University is also a great opportunity to interact and learn from a lot of other coaches who are working with elite athletes.”

Goudie retired from international hockey in January 2007 to concentrate on a career with a sports wear manufacturer. He still plays for Loughborough Students in the English Hockey League and now the European Hockey League.

A former sports scholar at Loughborough, he graduated in 1998 with a degree in PE, Sports Science and Recreation management.

He initially began his international hockey career with Hong Kong before making his England debut in 2001 against Poland. He made his Great Britain debut in 2003. Goudie last played for England at the Hockey World Cup in 2006, where England finished fifth.

“I have strong affinity with Loughborough and with hockey at the University,” said Goudie.
“I have seen the potential the women’s team has got but, as yet, hasn’t quite fulfilled. I’m looking forward to getting the best out of them.

“Having experienced real highs with men’s hockey at Loughborough, I’m looking to re-create the same thing with the girls and get them up to the highest standards. The aim is to be one of the top women’s hockey clubs in England.

“I think they can definitely achieve that.”

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Notes to editors

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates
are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top five of UK universities in national league tables and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.


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