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Parnham lands USA coaching role

Great Britain and England women's assistant Craig Parnham has been appointed as head coach of the United States women's team.

The former England and GB defender was part of the backroom team behind the bronze-medal success at London 2012.

His departure, plus head coach Danny Kerry's promotion to director of performance, means England Hockey are now looking for two new candidates to lead the side.

"This is a wonderful opportunity and a new challenge for me," said Parnham, who will relocate to the USA next month.

"I think Team USA has a great deal of potential and I look at this as an opportunity for me to come in and make a big impact.

"I am excited to get out on the pitch and start working with the players on the team."

Kerry, who has closely worked alongside Parnham since 2007, congratulated the two-time Olympian on his new job.

"Craig has played an important role inside our programme for almost six years," he said.

"In this time he has brought excellent people skills and a deep understanding of the player perspective.

"These attributes will be sorely missed and I'm sure they will stand him in good stead in his new role with US Field Hockey."