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Mark Pearn Leaves SHC After Eight Successful Seasons with Men's 1s

22nd April 2024

By Surbiton HC

Mark Pearn has left as Men's Head Coach at Surbiton Hockey Club after eight memorable and successful seasons.

His impact on arrival was immediate as he guided his relatively young new team to the indoor and outdoor domestic double, both of which were firsts for the Men of Surbiton HC.

A further three domestic titles followed this initial success, and in 2022, he led the club to its first EHL European Medal, defeating Club De Campo Madrid in the bronze medal match.

With his tireless work ethic and attention to detail, he has made a lasting mark on the future of many young players who have begun their Premier League careers and international journeys under his watchful eye.

Board member Fred Moore, speaking for the Club, said, "On behalf of everyone at Surbiton, I wish to thank Mark for all his work and achievements during his time with us. His calm, uncomplicated manner and love and enthusiasm for the game have helped to advance Surbiton HC immeasurably. He has shaped the future of some of the country's finest young players by sharing his knowledge and putting his faith in them, and he has left this club in a much better place."

Mark Pearn said on his departure, "It is hard to imagine not being back next season, as it has been an incredible eight years. I am grateful for the opportunity to have helped Surbiton break new ground and put itself regularly on the European stage. Although titles and success are important, what matters more is the ethos and respect for doing things the right way. I am thankful that I found a club that shared these values."

"When I joined, I had two primary goals - to win national titles and to support the outstanding junior section. I have enjoyed watching the young colts at the club, such as Zach Wallace and Conor Williamson, grow into international-class athletes just as much as any of our national title victories. I would like to express my gratitude to all the players, staff, volunteers, and club members at Surbiton HC who have supported the team and me over the years. I wish the entire club all the success in the future."

Mark Pearn led the M1 to five national titles & a European bronze medal in eight seasons. Image: EHL