PHILADELPHIA - England native Ross Gilham-Jones
has joined Marybeth Freeman
's Temple field hockey staff as an assistant coach starting in mid-September of the 2018 season. Gilham-Jones, who will work primarily with the team's attack, has been coaching the Pottstown-based WC Eagles field hockey club since last November.
"Ross encompasses the focus, skill sets and passion needed to balance the staff and team in 2018 and beyond," said Freeman. "His critical thinking hockey mindset, high-performing technical abilities and his unique teaching concepts will be key for our student-athletes' development. We're thrilled to have Ross on board with us at Temple and I know his impact will be quickly seen on field and off.
"I enjoy his character and demeanor very much, and even more importantly, he will be great for the overall growth of our players. He will challenge. He will embrace. He will teach. Ross is what we need for this program and I couldn't be happier to welcome him to Temple."
An extremely accomplished player internationally, Gilham-Jones played for England's U16, U18 and U21 National Teams from 2007-13 before being selected to the Great Britain program in the lead-up to the Rio Olympic Games. His U21 team achieved a silver medal at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. He captained the U18 and U21 teams and scored a hat trick against Scotland in the European U21 Championships.
"I am very excited to join the Temple team and I'm eager to pass my experiences and knowledge on to those affiliated with the program," said Gilham-Jones. "I'm looking forward to demonstrating characteristics like work ethic, dedication and quality listening skills to provide our student-athletes a successful collegiate experience. I love being involved within a team environment and cannot wait to get started with this Temple team."
He was named 2013 Sportsman of the Year at Canterbury Christchurch University where he graduated from in 2015, and also played for Canterbury in the English Hockey League from 2013-15. Following graduation, Gilham-Jones played for the YMCC Hockey Club (2015-16) where he and his teammates won the league title and played for Doncaster Hockey Club (2016-17) in Australia's Premier League where they finished in second place.
Gilham-Jones founded the Australia-based LEAP Hockey Academy and has served as director and head coach since 2015, providing sessions for athletes to learn, enjoy, achieve and progress (LEAP) to the next level.