Hockey: Danni, Steve and Kim Cox are setting the standard for state coaches ahead of state titles

Setting the standard: Danni Cox has the gold medals, but mum Kim and dad Steve want their own at next week's state titles. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Setting the standard: Danni Cox has the gold medals, but mum Kim and dad Steve want their own at next week's state titles. Photo: Ivan Sajko

COACHING runs in the Cox family and the Port Macquarie-Hastings Hockey Association has benefited from it.

Kim, Steve and daughter Danni have a collection of medals on the mantelpiece at home ranging from gold all the way through to bronze.

Mum and dad will head to Tasmania next Friday as the state under-18 boys and girls teams aim to continue their recent run of success.

The New South Wales under-13 indoor boys team haven’t lost a game in three years with the youngest Cox involved.

In round figures, Danni hasn’t tasted defeat in almost 30 games at state level which is quite an achievement.

She is quick to point out that success isn’t always based on results on the field, but is also more than happy to point out she has the gold medals that her parents are striving for.

“I’ve got three consecutive gold medals with the under-13 boys so I do get a few cheeky comments (directed) at mum and dad, but not too much because they’re the number one supporters,” she said.

“For me, coaching is about putting back into the community that have helped create the person you are.

“The secret to being a good coach is taking from your own experiences and what you like and what you don’t like.

For me, coaching is about putting back into the community that have helped create the person you are.

Danni Cox

“If you have happy kids, they play good hockey.”

Mum Kim will take charge of the under-18 girls development side next weekend and she believes they could be a dark horse in the competition.

“We’ve got a good team this year – they are babies – but they work well together and I wouldn’t be surprised if they get a spot in the finals,” she said.

“We’ll be happy if the girls gel well as a team because for us it’s about progression and developing these girls’ skills for next year’s team.

“Winning it would be a bonus.”

Mrs Cox said while her daughter had claimed all the success as a coach, she wanted to continue to learn.

“I’m getting the whole collection; I’ve got the silver and bronze, so a gold would be nice,” she said.

“There’s nothing friendly about the rivalry, we’ll just call it a rivalry at home.”

After many years of managing to avoid the coaching role, Steve will lead the under-18 boys development squad in their state campaign.

We’ll be happy if the girls gel well as a team because for us it’s about progression.

Kim Cox

It was a role he “fell into”.

“Kim asked what I wanted to do so I said anything and the powers that be took it literally,” he said.

“I think I’ve been lined up for a couple of years, but never applied for a job and now I have been given the role.”

He believes his side also has the ability to progress to the semi-finals.

“The expectation for my team which is the little kids who were last year’s under-15s, is to make the semi-finals.

“If we do that we’re a chance of winning.”

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