Jude Menezes (born August 8th May, 1971 in Mumbai, Maharashtra) is a former field hockey goalkeeper from India who currently is the goalkeeping coach of the Blacks Sticks Womens Team and the head coach of Auckland Womens Hockey Team. Jude represented India at 133 international matches, prominent among them the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, 1998 Hockey World Cup at Utrecht, Holland and 2002 World Cup at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He moved to New Zealand in 2002 and is coaching field hockey teams at the highest level.

Domestic hockey career

Menezes represented and captained Mumbai Hockey at sub junior, junior and senior level at the Nationals. He represented Tata Sports Club, Mahindra & Mahindra and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited at the Super League and National tournaments. Menezes at the age of 19 was awarded the Best Goalkeeper at the prestigious Nehru Cup in 1989.

International hockey career

Menezes made his international debut for India in 1992 at the Junior World Cup at Kula Lumpur and went on to play 133 international caps till he retired in 2002.

Career highlights

  • Olympics – Sep 2000 – Sydney
  • World Cup – Feb/Mar 2002 – Kuala Lumpur
  • World Cup May 1998 – Utrecht
  • Commonwealth Games – Sep 1998 – Kuala Lumpur (4th)
  • Sultan Azlan Shah Cup – Feb 2000 – Kuala Lumpur (3rd)
  • Prime Minister’s Gold Cup – Mar 2001 – Dhaka (1st); saved two penalty strokes in tie-breaker in final
  • Champions Challenge – Nov 2001 – Kuala Lumpur India (1st)

In 2001 Menezes was awarded the prestigious Shiv Chhatrapati sports award by the Government of Maharashtra.

Coaching career

Menezes moved to New Zealand in 2002 and worked full-time in the health and fitness industry and also coached field hockey teams. Since 2014 he is a full-time field hockey coach.

Menezes’s coaching career:

  • Nov 2014 Black Sticks womens goal keeping coach, Champions Trophy – Mendoza Argentina: 4th Place.
  • Oct 2014 Black Sticks under 21 head coach, 5 Test Series versus India – New Zealand: 3-0 Series winners.
  • Sep 2014 Black Sticks womens goal keeping coach, 6 Test Series versus USA – New Zealand.
  • July 2014 Black Sticks womens goal keeping coach, XIV Commonwealth Games – Glasgow UK: Bronze medal.
  • August 2014 Auckland womens team head coach, 2014 Ford NHL Championships – Auckland : Champions.
  • July 2013 Auckland womens team head coach, 2013 Ford NHL Championships – Auckland : 3rd Place.
  • July 2012 Auckland womens team goalkeeping/assistant coach, 2012 Ford NHL Championships – Auckland : 2nd Place.
  • 2012-2013 Pukekohe Indians Sports Club, head coach. 2004-2005 Auckland Indian Sports Club, head coach
  • 2004-2005 Auckland Indian Sports Club, head coach