Angela Taylor has replaced James Ashton as the new Head Coach for Team GB women’s U18 side.
The 34-year-old formerly played for Team GB going on to be the sides all-time top scorer with 70 points.
Previous Head Coach James Ashton stepped down due to work commitments and has made way for the highly experienced Taylor.
The Paisley-born forward is the current Head Coach of Haringey Hounds U-16sA and U16s Girls.
She’s one of only seven players to reach 50 caps, making 54 appearances for Team GB.
She scored 39 goals and 31 assists in this time earning her record of most points.
Tony Hand MBE, the National Development Head Coach said of losing Ashton:
“James has been a lynchpin of the Great Britain Women’s programme for a long time and he will be sadly missed.
“I’d like to thank James for his role in developing some of our best young talent for nearly a decade.”
He continued speaking about Taylor:
“Angela is one of the best players this country has ever produced and is now making her mark as a coach.
“She has respect all over the ice hockey world and her talent and knowledge will be huge for the programme.”
With a wealth of experience spanning over a nearly two decades of time in the sport there’s no doubt Taylor knows what she’s doing.
Her appointment has brought great praise from across the community, with many pointing out how good it is for women in the sport.
Dream Come True
Taylor spoke on getting the job, saying:
“The opportunity to work with the under-18s is a dream come true for me.
“I was so impressed watching the girls in the Four Nations tournament in Iceland before Christmas. We have a solid group of players, many of whom have improved a lot since then.”
She retains Jenny Hehir and Nic Lazarczuk on her coaching staff whom she says she looks forward to working with.
Early looks at the new Head Coach seem promising as she herself said:
“I’ll bring a lot of passion and energy into this role and I’m really looking to getting on the ice with this talented group.”