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Black Sticks secure Hager until 2020

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/12/2016

New Zealand women's hockey coach Mark Hager has extended his contact through to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hager took over the Black Sticks following their disappointing 12th place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, restoring the team's fortunes with fourth-placed finishes at both the 2012 London Games and in Rio de Janeiro four years later.

Hockey NZ high performance director Terry Evans said Hager's re-signing was excellent news.

"We know Mark has fielded offers from other countries, so we're pleased to be able to confirm that he will lead the Black Sticks Women through to Tokyo," he said.

"Mark has been the key reason the programme has sustained success during his eight years as head coach.

"Retaining Mark signals a strong belief in the programme, and the potential within the programme going forward."

Among other successes, Hagar has guided the Black Sticks to victory at the 2009 Champions Challenge, silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and bronze at the 2011 Champions Trophy.

Inducted to the Hockey Australia Hall of Fame in 2008, Hager played at two Olympics and captained Australia to a bronze medal in 1996.

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