Sipke Hulshoff becomes an assistant for the Dutch national team after the World Cup tournament in Qatar. The current assistant of Feyenoord has been added by the new national coach Ronald Koeman to his future coaching team, the KNVB announced on Monday.By our sports editors
The 47-year-old Hulshoff signed a contract with the KNVB until the European Championship of 2024. Orange has yet to qualify for this tournament. Hulshoff will continue working as an assistant to coach Arne Slot at Feyenoord. De Frisian will combine both functions.
Hulshoff will be the second assistant at Orange. Koeman previously found his first assistant in his brother Erwin. The goalkeeper coach, Patrick Lodewijks, is also going to Zeist, where Koeman will start his second period as national coach.
“Sipke is an innovative field coach, who complements our technical staff well,” explains Koeman with the choice of the relatively unknown Hulshoff. “In my staff, I always try to bring together people who strengthen each other. I think we succeeded.”
Hulshoff never played professional football
Hulshoff did not have a career in professional football as a player. He started as a youth coach at SC Cambuur and in 2014 became an assistant for the first team of the Frisian club. He was interim coach in Leeuwarden several times, including in 2016. After that, he took over the laurels together with Slot.
Hulshoff moved from Slot to Feyenoord last year after two years as Wim Jonk’s assistant at FC Volendam. He started there as a trainer of the pledges. He has been Slot’s assistant since this season, just like John de Wolf and Marino Pusic.
Koeman will begin his second period as national coach of Orange after the World Cup tournament in Qatar. The former coach of, among others, Feyenoord, Ajax and PSV was already the choice of the Netherlands from 2018 to 2020. He then left Zeist for an adventure at FC Barcelona, where he was fired after more than a year.
Louis van Gaal is the national coach of Orange at the upcoming World Cup tournament in Qatar. For the 71-year-old Van Gaal, these will be his last games in his impressive coaching career. Under his leadership, the Netherlands have not yet lost a match. Van Gaal has been the selector in Zeist since September last year, after succeeding the sacked Frank de Boer.