Sheldon Rostron in the dugout. Photo: Terry February Photography,

The South African Hockey Association have released the name of the new head coach of the South Africa women's hockey team.

South African Sheldon Rostron, who has been with the team in coaching and management positions through major tournaments such as the Olympic Games, and the 2014 World Cup and Commonwealth Games, has been appointed as head coach.

"It is a great honour and a wonderful opportunity," said Rostron on Tuesday.