John has very recently informed TTI that he has accepted the position of national coach of Australia from October 1st.
While John had accepted a revised contract as our National Coach recently this Australian offer was an opportunity that he could not realistically refuse.
Conn Higgins, TTI Performance Director , commented:
“We are very disappointed to lose John , a very talented and expert coach.”
“Over the past seven years he has brought great vision and passion to the job of national coach and raised our international profile.”
“The achievment of finishing tenth in the cadet boys team event at last year’s E.Y.C. was proof of the work that John had undertaken.The performances of Owen Cathcart and Sophie Earley at many European events is testament to John’s vision.
He has built a strong foundation of young talented players which augurs well for the future.
He has instilled a confidence in our players that they can suceed at international level.”
“While we regret John’s decision , we understand this is a great opportunity for him and wish him the very best as head coach of table tennis Australia and thank him for his wonderful contribution to Irish table tennis.”