Mathijssen set for Amsterdam switch

Rick Mathijssen will be the men’s head coach at AH&BC Amsterdam next season, making the switch from Bloemendaal after the current campaign.

He has signed a contract for three years and he will take over from club icon Taco van den Honert who is currently in a one-year role on a transitional basis.

Mathijssen is no stranger to Amsterdam. From 2015 to 2019, he guided the club’s women’s first team and ended this period with a EuroHockey Club Cup title and a national championship. 

Valerie Smit, a Tophockey board member at AH&BC, said of his appointment: “We are very happy to welcome Rick again to the club with which he has such a warm history. We look forward to celebrating great sporting successes together in the coming seasons.”

Since leaving Amsterdam, he has been at the helm at Bloemendaal as they won three Euro Hockey League titles and two Hoofdklasse crowns.

It looks like it will be a marked change in challenge for the coach. Amsterdam are currently in eleventh place in the Dutch top tier, one point above bottom placed Laren.

** Pictured from left to right: Dennis Rijken, Valerie Smit, Rick Mathijssen, Joris Albers