Koulikov had an extensive playing career in the UK and spent the majority of his time with Hull Stingrays, but also had stints with Milton Keynes, Dundee, Solihull, Basingstoke and Manchester.
His first coaching role was a player-coach position at Slough Jets before taking over at Peterborough in December 2013. He then led the Phantoms to the EPL playoff title in 2014-15 and was also named as the EPL’s Coach of the Year in the same season.
I would like to thank Tom Watkins for first bringing me into the GB programme and also to Tony Hand and the board for trusting me in the new head coach role.”
IHUK national development head coach, Tony Hand, said: “Slava is very well respected within the UK game and is a perfect fit for this position.
He already has head coach experience in the UK and knows the GB junior programme from his assistant coaching role with the under-20s in the past two years.
Our ethos is not just to develop players but to develop coaches as well and we have some very exciting announcements on the horizon for the GB coaching set-up.”
Tony continues “I would like to thank Tommy Watkins and Paul Heavy for their commitment to the programme over the last few years and for all they brought to the GB Under-20s.
We are freshening up the GB junior programme and these are exciting times ahead.”