Team Great Britain In-line Hockey

New Coach Appointed
Assistant Coach Crawley promoted

15th October 2007

The IIHF Great Britain Inline Hockey Team are delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Crawley to the role of Head Coach of the Senior national team. Thirty-six year old Altrincham born Crawley brings a wealth of domestic and international experience to the position having played and coached at the highest levels of inline hockey and served as a professional ice hockey player for several seasons at the top levels of the British game.

Andrew Sillitoe, the Director of Inline Hockey for the GB organization was delighted that Crawley had taken the role previously held by Sillitoe (2006-07) and Mark Cavallin (2002-2005).
“Nick has been involved in our setup for some time as originally a player and then as an assistant coach. His experience in the British game and internationally made his application stand out and we are delighted he has accepted the role.
“We believe that he is an excellent choice for the position and will help us achieve our long term aim of promotion to the IIHF elite division.”

Crawley steps up from the role of Assistant Coach having originally been appointed to by former GB Head Coach Mark Cavallin in 2003. Crawley helped GB to their first gold medal in Division One in 2004 and the bronze medal in 2005.

Crawley boasts a strong domestic coaching record as a Head Coach. Since 1997 Crawley has served with several clubs including Heywood Hawks, Fallsworth Wildcats, Saddleworth Eagles, Walkden Cobras and the West Coast Wasps. His main involvement has been with the Macclesfield Meltdown where two BiSHA Championships have been won as well as making appearances in the European Cup and the Kaarst International tournament. Under Crawley Meltdown also won a BIPHA Championship.

As a player Crawley started his ice hockey career in the Altrincham set up for several seasons with the Trafford Metros in the old Heineken 1st Division before playing with the Manchester Storm in the Superleague in 1996 and 1997 where he also played in the European Hockey League. In 1997 Crawley moved back to the Altrincham club to play with the Aces team until the closure of the rink in 2003. From there Nick played with the Flintshire Freeze before recently returning to the new Manchester Ice rink with the Manchester Phoenix English National League team.

As an inline player Nick starred with the Meltdown making his first appearance for the Great Britain team in Pffafenhofen in 2002 and returning in Nuremberg in 2003. In 2004 Crawley was an important part of the gold medal winning set-up behind the bench.
“I am honored to be offered the position of Head Coach of the British team,” admits Crawley. “Hopefully I can build on the work both Mark and Andrew have put into the team. I look forward to working with the many talented players GB has to offer.”

Great Britain will compete at the 2008 IIHF Inline World Championships to be held June 21-28th in Bratislava, Slovakia.