Superstar Jamie Dwyer has accepted his first coaching position with a club that has shaped the careers of some of Australia's most decorated players and coaches.
YMCC has gained the services of the four-times FIH international player of the year as he prepares for his third Olympic Games in London next year.
The 31-year-old will take on a dual role as player-coach, replacing Chris O'Reilly, who has been appointed as WA Thundersticks coach after leading the club to the 2009 premiership in his second year.
Dwyer, an Olympic and World Cup gold medallist, follows in the footsteps of former YMCC internationals such as Brian Glencross, Don Smart, Terry Leece, Grant Boyce and Terry Walsh.
Glencross took over as women's Hockeyroos coach after a successful playing career, winning Australia's first-ever Olympic gold in hockey in Seoul in 1988.
Walsh, a World Cup gold medallist as a player, won Olympic silver as Kookaburras coach with the men in Sydney in 2000.
Dwyer will play alongside Kookaburras teammate Graeme Begbie at YMCC this season. The pair shared international player of the year honours with the Kookaburras last year.
Dwyer said he was excited about taking up his first coaching job.
"I am getting to a stage in my career where I have to think about life after hockey and this is the first step," he said.
"It would be great to use this as a stepping stone towards something bigger and better in the future when I am a bit older and wiser."
YMCC have won 10 premierships since winning promotion into WA's top division competition in 1958 and have not been relegated since then. Glencross was a member of the team that won promotion in 1958.
·Kandice Olivieri's first international goal presented new coach Adam Commens with the opening victory of his regime as the Hockeyroos saw off the USA 1-0 in Argentina.
The 19-year-old Queenslander, in only her second game, pounced in the 46th-minute to maintain the side's unbeaten record in the four-team tournament, also involving Germany and Argentina.That result followed the creditable 1-1 draw with Germany in which five players made their debuts.
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