As 2017 Male Coach of the Year – an honour he shared with the Netherlands Max Caldas – Shane McLeod had enjoyed a good 12 months with his team in 2017. But not even he could have envisaged just how successful his team would become a year later.
Mcleod led the Belgium Red Lions to a gold medal at the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup and, in doing so, moved them to the top of the FIH Hero World Rankings, leapfrogging perennial top-ranked Australia and the 2016 Olympic champions Argentina in the process.
McLeod began his international coaching career with the New Zealand men’s team, leading them to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. The move to Belgium saw him work with several club sides and the women’s U21 team before he took up an appointment with the Red Lions in 2015.
“I am blessed to work with an amazing group of athletes that are inspiring the next generations.
I thank them for their ambition and commitment to excellence.”
– Shane McLeod