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Mar 15, 2019

Cornish set to depart with thanks









Streatham IHC can confirm that Head Coach Jeremy Cornish will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Jeremy informed us a number of weeks ago that he wished to spend more time with his young family and would not be continuing as Head Coach next season. While we are naturally disappointed to lose such an experienced and talented coach, we fully understand his circumstances at this stage in his life with three young children.

“Obviously we are all sad to see Jeremy go”, said GM Graham D’Anger.

“I would like to thank him for stepping in when the club was heading into a slump two and a half years ago and turning things around with help from Bill Webb.”

“The following season Jeremy put together a team we hoped would win the old NIHL South 1 league, only for the goalposts to move that summer and four ex-English Premier League sides drop into our league.

“To Jeremy’s credit he stuck at the task and helped us compete against teams with more resources and higher budgets than ourselves, and starting from a far lower base. We’ve had some amazing results under his tenure against bigger clubs and again this season we’ve run with a smaller squad due to resources, but still managed to compete in every game, with some entertaining wins along the way.

“Jeremy has put a lot of time and hard work into getting us to be better on and off the ice while at the same time putting in the miles from his base near the South Coast. I would like to place on record our thanks to him and his family and hope he won’t be a stranger to SW16.”

A former Elite League enforcer and then title winning coach with the Wightlink Raiders, Jeremy is a familiar face in British hockey and now takes a break from the bench to focus on matters closer to home.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Streatham and think Dawn and Graham (D’Anger) do a first class job running the team”, explained the Lucan, Ontario native.

“Streatham is a historic club that’s been a pleasure to be a part of and I wish I could have brought the fans a trophy over the course of the last three years, but we have iced a competitive team and enjoyed some fantastic wins.

“I’d like to think I’ve left the club in a better position than when I arrived and the foundations are there for the new coach and the boys to make a run at some silverware next season and I wish him and the club the best of luck.

“I would like to thank Graham and Dawn for accepting my resignation and having them understand my reasons and keep a door open for my return in the future means a lot.

Jeremy is currently a primary school teacher near Southampton and with three young boys, certainly has his hands full, along with wife Racheal. He won’t be behind the RedHawks bench next season, but he isn’t quite done with the sport. In fact the opposite is true.

“All of my boys are already playing sport and with the schedule of competitive league hockey it’s meant I’ve already missed them playing football and hockey games on a weekend.

“Rachael has helped free up my time to coach over the years after I finished playing, so it’s been a sacrifice for her too and I’m grateful to her for that.

“I won’t be done with hockey totally. I’ll be coaching two of my son’s hockey team next season and enjoying watching them play football.”

Streatham’s new coaching announcement will follow in a separate release shortly.

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