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Reg Wilcox has been appointed as Head Coach of Great Britain Under-16 Women.

Wilcox spent 11 seasons with Great Britain Women, including eight as Head Coach, winning a gold medal (2008), three silvers (2001, 2005 and 2007) and one bronze (2009).

Domestically, the 67-year-old has had stints in charge of Coventry Blaze’s men’s ENL and NIHL 1 teams.

He’s currently Head Coach of the women’s top-flight side Solihull Vixens and led them to the title last season.

Wilcox is also the Mentor Coach for England Ice Hockey’s England National Team Programme.

“It was an honour to be asked to take over the GB Women’s Under-16 team,” said Wilcox.

“Having spent 11 years with the women’s senior team in the past, I have always had a great connection to the programme and have been speaking with Mike (Clancy) and supporting where I could.

“The opportunity to lead the team and help players to step up to the next level is fantastic and I look forward to the challenge.

“Working closely with Mike and Sean (Alderson) will give a more structured programme and will help our goals of the women’s team playing at the highest level it can.”

Head of Performance, Andrew Partridge, said: “I’d like to thank Nicci Wardell who stood down from her position as Head Coach to spend more time with her family. Nicci did a fantastic job and we wish her the best of luck in the future.

“We are excited to bring Reg back into the GB Programme. His experience speaks for itself and he will be huge for the development of our young talent.

“Reg’s experience at international tournaments will be massive, as will his knowledge of not just international hockey but domestic too, as the programme looks to get the best out of the young talent of the future.”

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