London RHC are absolutely delighted to announce their new Head Coach for 2017-18, Marc Gisbert Lacruz, who replaces the outgoing Kos Galtos following a player vote at the club’s AGM.
We took some time to ask Marc some questions on his new role at the club, as well as some information on the man himself who you’ll be seeing a lot more of over the next 12 months.
Q: How does it feel to officially become Head Coach of the Dragons?
A: Well first of all let me say thank you to former coach Kos for the great job he did with the team and the two successful years they had at the club. I’d also like to say thank you to the players and the executive committee, especially the President Nik for entrusting me with this huge opportunity. It makes me feel very good, but also with a bit of vertigo for the season we have in front of us. It’s a huge responsibility to represent the name of London all over the country and abroad. However, I’m also very excited and determined to have a very successful season and in the years to come.
Q: What are your first impressions of the squad and the club?
A: For me it was a big shock the first time I came to train with the team and speak with some of the members of the team – who by the way are all very welcoming. When you come from another country where, when I was a kid, we used to play hockey on the streets and wait for the following Sunday to see your local idols face teams like, Barça, Reus, Liceo… it’s quite shocking to see how people like you guys work hard to keep hockey alive and the passion and determination in all of those at the club, even with the difficulties to train without a proper rink. I had a great impression, however, and that made me more determined to join London RHC as a Head Coach.
Q: What are your main targets at London RHC both on and off the rink?
A: First of all to keep this family feeling good both inside the locker room and outside the rink; I think this is basic. If you keep this morale high then everything is much, much easier. Basically, inside the rink I want my team to fight for all the main targets every season: the Premier League title, the National Cup and the SECRHA Seniors League. I want my team to be a very difficult team to beat, and if we have options to fight for all this in the first season then I’ll be more than happy. Off the rink, the main target is help the club to keep growing in the right direction. We are working to build an academy with young players, which we are confident of starting this year.
Q: Why should people want to join London?
A: They just have to pop in one training session and they will figure it out by themselves. The main reason is simple: if they love hockey and love London, then this is their place, this is where they have to be… We have some very good players, people of varying ages and backgrounds, and the boys are very accommodating. After every home game they go out for dinner and drinks together. It’s more than just hockey here.
Q: What are you most looking forward to this season?
A: I am looking forward to seeing London RHC play as a block, as a proper team with the hope at the end of the season for the players to play automatically in various situations. We want to build a strong tactical base and then a successful team from there. This season my main target with the squad is to reflect on the rink what I have in my mind. If we get that it will be a very fun season for us all.
About Marc Gisbert Lacruz:
As a player I started in my home town where we used to play hockey on the streets. When I decided to join the local club, I was so bad on the rink they put me in goal… As a player I played in Club Patí Flix: my first team and my home town. I played there until I was 19 and then years after as a senior. It was the other teams where I got really involved as a player, Voramar ETP Clot (where I had maybe the best years as a player, with a great group of players), FC Martinenc, CP Sant Just, CP Molins de Rei and then Back to Club Patí Flix. As a coach I had roles in CP Sant Just, Molins de Rei and Flix, coaching beginners up to seniors.
Welcome to the club, coach.