Sheffield Spartans are delighted to announce the signing of their new coach in the highly experienced John Ross.
John had been a player with outstanding knowledge and skill of the game, with the ability to always put points on the scoreboard, but also the vision, depth and experience to coach a team. He has previously coached the Spartans back in 2008/09 season, leading them to league champions.
We asked John for an overview of this thoughts for the forthcoming season:
Why I wanted to coach… Despite spending the last 18 months at Sutton Sting, I’ve spent the majority of my hockey life playing and coaching at Sheffield. I was a pupil on the very first hockey school back in 1991 at Queens road and Sheffield hockey has been a big part of my life over the last 25 years.
I’m very proud to have been the captain of the grand slam Scimitars team in 2005 and also to have coached the Spartans when they last won the NIHL in 2009.
When the opportunity arose to return to the Spartans, it didn’t take me long to decide. I’m extremely grateful for everything Sutton has done for me, especially Ian Johnson, but this new challenge is one that really excites me.
Expectations / achievements… I expect the league to be even more competitive this year. Deeside will be stronger than the Senators were and with Blackburn losing some real quality players I’d be surprised if they were as dominant.
However… I’m quietly confident that if we maintain the core group from last season and bring in a few new faces we will be a match for anyone. I’m really looking forward to getting on the ice in July and we will be fit and ready come September.
Hope to see you at some games, home or away.
The Spartans will be looking to play some pre season challenge games to kick start the season, hopefully the Senators will be one of the teams if ice permits, which would be a fantastic start to the 25th anniversary of Sheffield ice hockey and a fantastic celebration to the sport and achievement in Sheffield.
As soon as the fixtures are decided, we will be sharing them with you, but in the meantime, have a lovely summer, we look forward to the start of the season in the Autumn.