Hugh Purvis returns from abroad to take on SASI Head Hockey Coach role

The South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) is pleased to announce Hugh Purvis has joined the team as the new Head Hockey Coach.

Hugh Purvis joins SASI

Playing hockey all his life, Hugh brings with him a wealth of experience in field hockey, spending the past couple of years working abroad and prior to this, working extensively with local athletes and coaches.

Over the past two years, Hugh has been working overseas with Field Hockey Canada in various coaching and leadership roles, with both the Canadian National Team and Underage National Pathway Programs.

This included being appointed as the interim coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team for eight months in 2020.

Prior to his appointment with Field Hockey Canada, Hugh was High Performance Manager at Hockey SA from 2014 - 2018 and worked closely with the SASI Hockey Program coaches and athletes.

Hugh was delighted to come full circle and take on a leadership role, working with home-grown talent once again.

“I’m super excited to join the SASI team – it’s the dream job for any coach in SA,” Purvis said.

“To be able to be surrounded by amazing staff, be constantly educated and have access to state-of-the-art facilities is really exciting.”

When asked about his future goals as Head Hockey Coach, Hugh has set himself a number of targets.

“A key milestone which I’d love to achieve is to have some breakthrough male players,” Purvis said.

“We haven’t had a Kookaburra for quite some time and I think we’re now on track to achieve that with what Tim White and Dan Mitchell have done with the Program.

“I’d also like to have lots of successes at a junior level before hopefully transitioning a number of players to the National Programs.

“And I aim to carry on the high quality and positive culture which I’ve observed so far.”

SASI Director Wes Battams said he was delighted to welcome Hugh to SASI and believes he will have a profound impact on the Hockey Program.

“Hugh not only brings international coaching experience to the SASI Hockey Program, but also an intimate knowledge of hockey in South Australia,” Battams said.

“We look forward to him developing our talented local athletes to one day follow in the footsteps of great South Australians such as Jane Claxton and Juliet Haslam who came through the SASI Hockey Program.”