The University of Birmingham is delighted to announce the appointment of Jamie Cachia as the new Head of Hockey, taking the lead on both the men’s and women’s hockey clubs, as well as the four National League teams.
Jamie comes to Birmingham laden with experience; currently working with the Scottish Senior Men’s programme as Goalkeeping Coach as well as supporting the Men’s Elite Development Programme Goalkeepers for Great Britain Hockey, his excellent preparation and focus on constantly looking to improve ‘drives [him] towards helping others achieve their goals’, and stands him in good stead for the high quality of hockey talent on the UoB pitches. The University is gaining an expert university coach in Jamie, following 4 years as Head of Men’s Hockey at the University of Nottingham and the last two years as Performance Coach at Durham University.
Of course, Jamie isn’t just a dedicated professional on the side of the pitch; his 13 years of experience as part of the Scottish Men’s team included selection for both the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning GK of the tournament in the European Championships in 2013, two bronze European medals and one bronze World Cup Qualifier. In addition to his performance experience, working within numerous schools and hockey camps allowed Jamie to develop his coaching craft at multiple levels, whilst ensuring he maintained strong coaching foundations and ‘us[ing] [his] motivation and enthusiasm to make a difference’.
‘I am honoured to have the opportunity to work at UoB and join some fantastic staff and students in the hockey program. Leading a program with our history of individual and team success is very exciting and I hope to add and improve to that. Putting people first is at the heart of everything I do and hopefully we can instil a family environment alongside a culture of excellence where we all push and support each other to achieve our potential on and off the field. Our aim is to create a really identity of what a Birmingham University hockey player looks like, alongside playing an exciting and dynamic brand of hockey. I am very excited and cannot wait to get fully integrated into both club’s, working with university students is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in hockey and hopefully this continues and develops further at Birmingham.’
Alex Taylor, Head of Performance and Coaching at the University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness, says it is exciting to have such knowledgeable, fresh talent on the team.
‘We are delighted that Jamie is joining us at Birmingham. As well as bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience as a coach, he has his invaluable experience as a successful international player under his belt, which combined will no doubt have a considerable impact on our clubs – from upskilling and supporting our teams at all levels, to developing our talented athletes and scholars, to improving our performance on the pitch. We at UoB Sport & Fitness can’t wait to work alongside him and the players are already excited to be coached by Jamie.’
Jamie will officially start in his new role on 3 May.