NEW COACH: Leonhart steps into a coaching role with TA

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Te Awamutu Sports Hockey hope to boost the performance of their Ecolab premier women’s side with the services of Greer Leonhart stepping into the team’s head coach role for 2016. Leonhart has been a club member since 1998, playing goalkeeper for both the women’s premier and reserve blue sides.

She spent a brief time as player/coach for the premier side in 2013 but found it tough alongside her family/work commitments, and trying to focus on her own role on the field as goalkeeper. However, the club was delighted when she agreed to step back into the premier coaching role for 2016, while continuing to play goalkeeper for the club’s Reserve Women’s Blue side on Sundays.

An English teacher at Hamilton Boys High, Leonhart is based in Hamilton where she lives with her husband Glen and family Aaron (15) and twins Georgia and Braden (13). Since starting playing hockey as pupil at Peachgrove Intermediate in the late 1970s, Leonhart has accumulated huge experience and knowledge of the game from her time spent in the goal.

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Her highest accolades have come in more recent times, gaining selection into New Zealand Masters sides around having her children in 2001, 2002 (NZ 35+s), 2005 (NZ 40+s) and 2010 (NZ 45+s), winning gold on three out of four of these occasions in trans-tasman and pan-pacific clashes. She has also had success as a coach at national level with provincial age-group sides, cocoaching Waikato U15 Girls (2011), Collier U13 Girls (2013) and Collier Development (2014) sides — achieving bronze at national tournaments on two out of three of these occasions.