UCD Sport and UCD Ladies Hockey Club is delighted to announce that former Irish International and current International Senior Women’s team Manager, Lisa Jacob will join UCD as the Ladies Hockey First Team Head Coach.
Lisa is a former UCD Sports Scholar and UCD Alumni having graduated from UCD with a degree in Psychology. The management and team are delighted to welcome her back where she will be very familiar with the surroundings having Captained the UCD Ladies team to the Irish Senior Cup title in 2009. Lisa was also awarded the Tony O’Neill Sportsperson of the Year in 2009.
Lisa amassed 139 caps and scored 17 goals for the Irish Women’s Hockey Team between 2006 and 2014. She became the first Irish woman to be professionally contracted by a Dutch Hoofdklasse club, playing for Stichtsche Cricket en Hockey Club (SCHC) in 2013. After almost a decade playing international hockey, she then took up a contract to play with the Irish Women’s Rugby 7’s squad for 18 months.
Lisa joins the club with a wealth of coaching experience both on and off the pitch. As well as her degree in Psychology she also has a Masters Diploma in Executive Coaching from the Irish Management Institute. She has worked with Management Drives in Holland and The Performance Hub in Ireland where she was a member of the Trinity MBA Executive Coaching Panel. Lisa is certified in Management Drives ‘Individual Profiles’ and ‘Groups and Teams’, 2013 and is an accredited Emotional Intelligence Assessment User.
She has also coached extensively in a sporting setting, including assistant coach to the Irish U16 and U18 girl’s hockey teams, Glenanne Men, Old Alex and Genesis and has worked as a Coach Developer within Hockey Ireland.
Speaking about her appointment, Lisa said:
‘I am very excited to start this role - there is so much potential to work with in UCD, the exciting challenge will be to turn that potential into consistent high performance, at an individual and team level. Some of my best hockey memories came during my time in UCD, I look forward to making more in this new chapter.’