Rich started playing hockey aged 10 and played with Quasar Hockey Club for 10 years. He captained the club’s U14, U15, U16 and U18 teams. He started playing men’s hockey at 14, helping to get the Men’s 1st team promoted to National League 2. Rich represented North/Highland district at U14, U15, U16, U18 and U21 levels. He captained Highland district to its only tournament win. He was also selected to represent Scotland at U16, U18 and U21 levels. At the age of 16, Rich gained his Level 1 Coaching and has since been involved in both youth and adult coaching for both outfielders and goalkeepers. He been at ESM since 2014 and has coached the Youth, Women’s and Men’s teams.
Andrew is one of our men’s squad coaches. He has been coaching for over twelve years at various levels. He is currently the Head of Hockey at Stewart’s Melville College and the head coach for the Scotland U18 boys. During his time in Scotland, Andrew has also coached in National League 1 with Grange Hockey Club. He has been involved in both junior and senior international set ups. His home club is Bowdon, however he played the vast majority of his career for Cannock, winning a number of national titles and competing in two European Cup finals.
Jika joins our youth coaching team for season 2020/21. She is currently studying Medicine at Edinburgh University, where she plays for their Women’s 1st XI. She previously gained experience playing for Premier League side Beeston Hockey Club. Jika has had the opportunity to play youth hockey in both Scotland and England. Her highlights include travelling to Germany to play for England U16s and representing Scotland U21s at the Euros in 2019, where the team won Gold and secured promotion to the European A division.
Steve joined ESM as L1 coach in 2015, after a long and successful playing and coaching career in England, including spells at Southgate HC, Maidenhead HC, West Herts HC and Old Georgians, coaching both youth and adult teams. In addition he held various coaching roles within the England hockey set up and Performance Pathway, latterly the Futures Cup event. Since returning to Scotland he has also coached with St Andrews University and East District Youth teams. With Steve the L1s achieved promotion to National 1 and have been involved in various play offs. Steve is also very supportive of our youth players transitioning to Ladies’ hockey. He still turns out for the Club’s Men’s teams as and when his coaching allows!
Noah is the SMC Hockey Gap for 20/21. Noah attended Pinelands High School in South Africa, where he played 167 games for the first team, scoring 71 goals. He won Gold with the Western Province U18A team last season at the SA National tournament. He played for Pinelands HC’s Men’s 1st XI for 2 years. Noah is excited to be be joining ESM as a player and youth coach.
Heather Copeland started playing hockey aged 15 and has been playing ever since! Heather joined ESM HC in 2015 and has constantly been impressed by the quality of our youth players who have gone on to join our senior teams. As a primary school teacher, Heather was particularly excited to welcome our first intake of P3s to the youth club in 2019. Heather’s sessions are always a lot of fun, but our youngest players are also developing great skills and making new hockey friends!
Rob Bravesmith is Head Coach of our U12 age group. He is an experienced coach, having coached ESM Ladies 2s and 3s, as well as being on the coaching team for ESMHC youth camps. He has over 10 years experience coaching a range of sports to different age groups and works as a PE teacher in a local Primary school. Rob played hockey at youth and adult level for Southgate Hockey Club in England before moving to Edinburgh. He has been at ESM Hockey Club since 2017 and is the current Men’s 2s captain, having taken on the role since 2018. Part of the job is helping talented young players transition to playing adult hockey and preparing them to go on and play at a higher level.
David is our U16 Girls Head Coach and Youth Club Development Officer. As a youngster, he played for East at every age group. At 13 he first represented Scotland in the U16 European Championships – he went on to play at U18 and U21 too. David coached the East U15 Boys to three consecutive titles and the U16s to two titles. He also coached U18 Boys and assisted the U18 Girls to three indoor titles. He has also coached teams at various schools and clubs. David is a fitness coach with his own business, The Fit Guy, specialising in fitness and lifestyle coaching for young athletes. He also runs hockey/fitness camps for senior school players. As well as coaching, David plays for the club.
Ross is the U16 Boys Head Coach. He played his youth hockey in Perth before moving to study in Edinburgh. He joined ESM in 2019 from Inverleith HC. Ross holds an HNC in Sports Coaching & Development and has a wealth of coaching experience, gained coaching at various clubs and levels, including a stint coaching the U21 Ghana ladies team! Ross is looking forward to working with our U16 Boys and supporting their transition to our adult teams.
Rob Mitchell, our specialist Goalkeeper coach, joined the coaching team in 2019. Rob started playing in goal at school when he was 12 and played senior club hockey from the age of 15. He represented his county and region in his late teens, and his university for three years. He also captained the 1st XI at his previous club for two seasons. Rob has played for all of ESM’s teams and is very supportive of the younger players and particularly keepers, stepping up to adult hockey.
Chris joined our Men’s coaching team for season 20/21, from his home club Grove Menziehill HC. During his time at GMHC, Chris secured promotion for the Ladies’ 3s and coached the Ladies’ 2s, helping to prepare talented youngsters for first team hockey. Chris has also coached at Abertay University, winning a league and Cup double in BUCS and the High School of Dundee. He has travelled with GHMC to Europe as a match video analyst.
Stuart joined ESM as the Women’s 2s and 3s Coach in 2019. He has played in the National League, at Regional & District level and represented England at junior level. Since moving to Scotland has has primarily been assisting young players progress to National League and District level. He has also coached Seniors in the East District League, developing a team that achieved two successive promotions, a close challenge for National League Championship qualification and to win the region’s Sports Council ‘Team of The Year Award’, picking up a ‘Coach of the Year Award’ as well. Stuart is strong supporter of the Scottish Hockey Coaching Programme and of youth hockey generally; he can also regularly be found umpiring schools matches.