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Aug. 6, 2015 — Malaysia bolsters its coaching staff with one interesting hire

The Malaysian men’s field hockey program has produced some good players and teams in recent years, and sits currently at 12th in the world rankings, with Canada hot on their heels.

Despite this placing, Malaysia did not qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio because of its sixth-place finish in the FIH Men’s World League semifinal in Belgium.

To boost its fortunes, Malaysia has just recently confirmed a new hire to become the technical director of its men’s field hockey program. That hire is Terry Walsh, whose last two jobs culminated in less-than-stellar exits. He left the job of coaching India’s men after just one season. 

Previously, his contract was not renewed by USA Field Hockey after 12 years of sometimes stellar work, but ending with a scandal involving a software company from which he was drawing royalties, according to a narrative found in the minutes of USA Field Hockey’s Board of Directors meetings.

Walsh was the head coach of Team Malaysia in the early 1990s, and I think he will be welcomed back with open arms because of his track record there.

But given what we’ve seen from Walsh in the days after his departure from Hockey India, I hope that the Malaysian Hockey Federation knows what it’s getting itself into.

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