Ireland men's hockey team head coach Craig Fulton will step down to take up a position with Belgium.

Fulton has been at the helm of the Green Machine since 2014 but is moving on to pastures new as assistant coach. 

Under his watch, Ireland won a European bronze medal, qualified for the Rio Olympics and most recently made it to the upcoming World Cup. 

"It has been an absolute honour and a pleasure to have been head coach of the Irish men's team ," Fulton said.

"Great teams are made up of great individuals and I am very proud to say that this has been the case with the players that I have been fortunate enough to coach. 

"I am proud that the Irish men's team, together with the support of the Irish hockey community made history." 

Fulton’s final series in charge will come in June when Ireland face France in three matches in Cork. Following that series the current team assistant coaches Jonny Caren, Kai de Jager and John Bessell will lead the side as Hockey Ireland begin the recruitment process.