Former Ireland international Mark Tumilty has been appointed head coach for the Irish senior men's hockey team ahead of next month's Olympic Qualifier against Canada.

Two-time British Olympian Jason Lee will be Tumilty's assistant coach, and Hockey Ireland described the appointments as "short-term". 

Former Banbridge head coach Tumilty said: "I am extremely proud to be offered the opportunity to coach the Irish senior men’s team.I relish the challenge we face as a group over the next six weeks, to achieve Olympic Qualification.

"It is a difficult draw, but to play any team at this stage of Olympic qualification was going to be challenging. However, I feel if we can get our preparation correct in the coming weeks - both on and off the pitch - we will give ourselves an excellent opportunity to qualify for Tokyo 2020."

Hockey Ireland performance director Adam Grainger: said: "We are delighted to have secured both Mark and Jason for these coaching positions, and we are very grateful for them both coming on board at such short notice. Together they bring a good mix of Irish and International hockey knowledge.

"We have a number of camps scheduled to take place in the coming weeks ahead of the Olympic Qualifiers and the team’s focus remains clear. This is a great opportunity for the players to come together and get ready to take on the qualifier at the end of October."