Veteran American athletics coach Kevin Ankrom has been appointed head coach of the Hong Kong team by the Sports Development Board.The former track and field head coach at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, will help co-ordinate training programmes for elite junior and senior athletes. Ankrom said he was delighted with the opportunity to work with athletes in Asia again. 'The enthusiasm and resources for athletics in Hong Kong is exciting. As I establish myself, I will evaluate where the team is and set steadily increasing goals. I am looking forward to developing junior and senior athletes and raising their level of competitiveness,' said Ankrom, a certified strength and conditioning coach in the United States. He will also monitor and evaluate the progress of local athletes and create opportunities for young talents to emerge. Being a five-time high-jump champion, Ankrom took part in the US Olympic trials in 1992 and started his coaching career at North Carolina State University. From 1993 to 1996, he was the Bahrain national coach, helping the Middle East state develop a competitive team to take part in the Asian and Olympic Games. Ankrom will accompany the Hong Kong squad to the Asia Athletics Championships in the Philippines later this month.