Cedric D'Souza pays tribute to ‘guru’ Horst Wein

The 75-year-old had the distinction of being the first to be conferred the title of ‘FIH Master Coach’ by the hockey’s governing body and has worked with hockey coaches around the world, including India during his visits in 2010 and 2011.

A 1976 file photo of hockey legend Horst Wein.   -  THE HINDU PHOTO LIBRARY

Celebrated hockey and football coach Horst Wein passed away last Sunday (February 14) in Barcelona, while the Hockey India League (HIL) 2016 was going on.

The former Germany national team hockey player was also once a consultant to Barcelona football club. He has also worked with both Spain and German national football federations.

The 75-year-old had the distinction of being the first to be conferred the title of ‘FIH Master Coach’ by the hockey’s governing body and has worked with hockey coaches around the world, including India during his visits in 2010 and 2011. He has also authored numerous books on hockey including the best-seller ‘The Science of Hockey’.

Former India men’s hockey coach, Cedric D’Souza, paid a tribute to the German, whom he considers as a ‘guru’ with reference to hockey education. “Like me, there will be numerous coaches across the globe, who, as a respect for the great man, would have said a prayer on his demise,” said Cedric, after guiding Delhi Waveriders to the third place in HIL’s fourth season.

“The hockey and soccer fraternity lost one of its most celebrated and charismatic figures. Horst, the doyen of modern coaching, initiated structured coaching and how to think outside the box. His numerous books, CDs and DVDs speak volumes for themselves, which has made such an influence and impact on us coaches. If one had to take just one point that stands out apart from so many things he gave us, it was Game Intelligence,” added the coach.

Cedric considers ‘The Science of Hockey’ as the biggest influence to take up hockey coaching. “The last time we spoke, he promised to come visit me in Vienna in the summer, but sadly for me, that will not happen now,” said the Indian, who has been contracted to take charge of Austria national hockey team.

“From an ever grateful ardent follower and student, Horst, you were my mentor, my guru and a dear friend. May your soul rest in peace and your legacy remain forever.”