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Australia names Reid to replace Ric Charlesworth

September 4, 2014

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Hockey Australia has appointed Graham Reid as coach of the world-champion men’s field hockey team after the resignation of the highly successful Ric Charlesworth.

The 50-year-old Reid has been senior assistant coach with Australia since 2009 and shared the head coaching role with Paul Gaudoin at the recent Commonwealth Games tournament, which was won by Australia.

Charlesworth, who coached the Kookaburras from 2009, announced his resignation after Australia won the World Cup in June. He won four World Cups as coach: two with the men’s team and two with Australia’s women’s team.

Reid, a two-time Olympian as a player, said it was “a great challenge to be the custodian of one of Australia’s most successful sports teams and a challenge to follow in the footsteps of Ric Charlesworth.”