Indian Coaches in Men’s Hockey World Cups

As many as 14 coaches have taken the responsibility of training the Indian men’s hockey team across World Cups. At the inaugural 1971 Barcelona World Cup, Balbir Singh Senior coached the Indian men’s team. Former Indian centre-half and two-time Olympian Harmik Singh – the elder brother of World-Cupper and Olympian forward Ajit Singh – is the one among four Indians to assume this role twice – first at the 1982 Bombay World Cup and 1986 London World Cup.

Former celebrated fullback Randhir Singh Gentle coached the national team at the 1973 World Cup in Amstelveen as well as the 1978 World Cup in Buenos Aires. Midfielder Vasudevan Bhaskaran coached the Indian team at the Utrecht 1998 and Monchengladbach 2006 World Cups, while Cedric D’Souza (and CR Kumar in the latter part of the tournament) coached the national men’s team at the Sydney 1994 and Kuala Lumpur 2002 World Cups.

Spaniard Jose Brasa became the first foreign coach of the Indian men’s team at the 2010 New Delhi World Cup and subsequently Australian Terry Walsh took charge of the team at the 2014 World Cup at The Hague.

Harendra Singh was the Indian coach at the 2018 World Cup

World Cup Edition/VenueIndian Coach
1971 World Cup BarcelonaBalbir Singh Senior
1973 World Cup AmstelveenRandhir Singh Gentle
1975 World Cup Kuala LumpurGurcharan Singh Bodhi
1978 World Cup Buenos AiresRandhir Singh Gentle
1982 World Cup BombayHarmik Singh
1986 World Cup LondonHarmik Singh
1990 World Cup LahoreMP Ganesh
1994 World Cup SydneyCedric D’Souza
1998 World Cup UtrechtVasudevan Bhaskaran
2022 World Cup Kuala LumpurCedric D’Souza & CR Kumar
2006 World Cup MönchengladbachVasudevan Bhaskaran
2010 World Cup New DelhiJose Brasa
2014 World Cup The HagueTerry Walsh
2018 World Cup BhubaneshwarHarendra Singh
Jose Brasa was the Indian coach at the 2010 World Cup