The thirty-six year-old has been in charge of Canterbury Ladies in the England Hockey League as Player-Coach since 2013, which has included a league winners and runners-up finish in the last two seasons.

Moreover, Wilson had the opportunity to join up with the Scotland camp at the Investec Cup last summer, working with the strikers included in the squad.

Commenting on her appointment, Wilson said, “It’s a real privilege to work with a National Team and I look forward to challenging each individual so they can contribute to the team’s progression.

“The ability to get the most out of players, coupled with a blend of coaching characteristics from some key sources over the years, have helped create a unique coaching style for me.

“I had the opportunity to work with the strikers last summer while they were in full time training and during the Investec Cup. I was impressed with the response of the players at sessions. The players’ work ethic and desire to develop their game was passionately evident.”

The South African had six seasons in charge of Ashford Men’s 1st XI in the Kent/Sussex and South Premier League.

As an international player representing South Africa 180 times and scoring 65 goals, she achieved great success, including appearances at three Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012), three World Cups (Australia 2002, Spain 2006, Argentina 2010) and three Commonwealth Games (Manchester 2002, Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2010). At the 2004 Games in Athens, she finished tournament top scorer.

A sports fanatic in and out work, and is always the first out to a traditional South African braai!

Scottish Hockey Union media release