Danny Kerry pips Toni Minichiello and Tracey Neville to a top prize at 2015 UK Coaching Awards


Danny Kerry. Picture: ADY KERRY/ENGLAND HOCKEY - Credit: Archant

Modest Danny Kerry was quick to share the praise after being crowned one of the finest sporting coaches in the country last night.

King's Lynn-born Kerry, 45 today, became a big winner at the 2015 UK Coaching Awards in Manchester after a stunning year in charge of England and Great Britain's women's hockey teams. He saw off Jessica Ennis-Hill's mentor Toni Minichiello and England ladies' netball chief Tracey Neville to scoop the high performance of the year prize.

'On a personal level, I'm proud to receive the award,' said Kerry, who was presented with the same trophy previously lifted by Sir Alex Ferguson prior to leaving for the World League Finals.

'I'm also proud to receive it on behalf of my staff and my athletes, they are incredibly committed. Our ability to grow as a team is massive.'

The former Pelicans player has masterminded qualification for next year's Olympic Games in the past 12 months as well as clinching England's first European Championship title in 24 years.

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Leeds Rhinos' Brian McDermott – who led his team to a Rugby League treble this year – landed the overall coach of the year award.

The UK Coaching Awards 2015, hosted by sports coach UK, is a chance to recognise excellent coaching and coaching organisations that have achieved outstanding success over the past 12 months. For more information visit www.sportscoachuk.org

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