Jody Paul – Head Hockey Coach
Title: Head Hockey Coach
Date and Place of Birth: 25 May 1976, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
South African international Jody is head coach of both Team Bath Buccaneers and University of Bath Hockey, as well as part of the England Hockey and Great Britain Hockey international coaching set-ups.
Jody made his playing debut for South Africa in 1999 and played in the students team until 2002.
He played for the South African men’s senior teams that won the All-African Championships in 2003 and that finished 10th at the Athens 2004 Olympics. He was also a member of the South African team won another All-African Cup and which finished eighth at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. He was a non-travelling reserve for the 2006 World Cup.
Jody has an impressive 38 caps.
Playing for the national side has been something of a family affair for him he has played in South African colours alongside his brother John Paul and his cousin Clyde Abrahams.
Jody joined Team Bath in October 2006 after three years as player/coach at one of the top teams in South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in his home town of Port Elizabeth. He also coached under-21 regional teams in South Africa.
As well as working with the University squads and Team Bath Buccaneers, Jody has also gained extensive international experience with both England and Great Britain. He has been Head Coach of the U18 Boys since 2013, assistant coach with both the England U21 Men and Women, and the England Women Senior squads. In October 2019 he was named as interim Head Coach for the GB women’s Elite Development Programme.
Jody is an England Hockey Level 3, current Level 4 candidate, England Hockey CCC: Bristol JRPC, Wessex Leopards under 18 Boys / Girls, England under 21 Mens Assistant Coach and GB Super League : Saxon Tigers Men Assistant Coach.
10th – defender for South Africa – Athens Olympic Games 2004
8th – defender for South Africa – Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006