Danny Kerry has been appointed GB Hockey's performance director. GETTY IMAGES

Danny Kerry has been appointed as the performance director for GB and England Hockey, tasked with guiding the sport towards the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.

Kerry, succeeding Ed Barney, previously served as performance director from 2012 to 2016. During this tenure, he also assumed the role of women’s head coach following Jason Lee's departure after the World Cup that year.

The national governing body emphasised Kerry's "established history of nurturing elite athletes," deeming him the optimal choice to lead the program, slated to commence in September. 

Previously, Kerry held the role of head coach for England and GB women from 2005-2012 and 2014-2018, and as men’s head coach from 2018 until early 2022.

Danny Kerry has taken up the role of performance director for GB Hockey. GETTY IMAGES
Danny Kerry has taken up the role of performance director for GB Hockey. GETTY IMAGES

"I am really proud and looking forward to be able to join the performance team at England and GB Hockey again," said the 53-year-old, who was recently the head coach of the Canada's women's team, before leaving after the Paris Olympic qualifiers in January.

"The sport has seen amazing growth over the last 16 years, and I look forward to working with the many people and bodies that underpin our international teams, athletes and our great sport."

Nick Pink, CEO of England and COO of Great Britain Hockey, said, "We are delighted to welcome Danny back to the England and Great Britain Hockey team as Performance Director. Danny came through a very competitive field as the lead candidate.

“Danny’s track record speaks for itself, and we are confident that his leadership and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to strive for success on the international stage and deliver our ambitious strategy.”