Hockey Ireland have confirmed the appointment of Mark Tumilty as head coach of the Irish senior men's squad.

Tumilty was initially appointed to the head coach role for the senior squad on a short-term basis as they faced into their final weeks of preparation for their Olympic qualifier against Canada last October. 

However, the position was extended into 2020 in line with a normal Olympic cycle.

With the European Championships scheduled for August 2021 and the World Cup qualification process getting underway in early 2022, Tumilty has used the past year to widen the panel and provide some younger players with the opportunity to step up, with the aim of making the squad more competitive.

Tumelty said: "It is an honour and privilege to be given the opportunity to coach the men's team. I am really excited by the players we have available and look forward to developing those players over the next period.

"I want to develop an attacking style of hockey and to create an environment for all players to fulfil their potential during our preparation for the 2021 European Championships."