Coach Spotlight: Harry Singh on the Upcoming Pan American Games
SANTIAGO, Chile – U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Harry Singh has been busy. He has been working all year preparing his team for a huge test – the 2023 Pan American Games (PAG). With Olympic qualification on the line, Coach Singh sat down with USA Field Hockey and opened up about his thoughts leading up to the prestigious event.
“In the weeks leading up to the event, I'm eagerly anticipating the opportunity to fine-tune our strategies and foster a strong sense of camaraderie within the team via Zoom calls or team meetings. Unfortunately, we don’t have the privilege to have a week camp before PAG because most of our athletes are playing in major European leagues, but we are pulling our best resources to discuss our strategy and planning. It's a crucial time for us to gel and prepare mentally and strategically.”
A former athlete for the India National Team, Singh has experience playing in his own continental qualifier – the 1990 Asia Games – and an impressive coaching resume that includes the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the 2006 Men’s Hockey World Cup. For Singh, who was appointed to his current role in 2021, this will be his first-time coaching at the Pan American Games.
“As a first-time coach at the Pan American Games, I am thrilled and honored to lead this talented squad. The excitement is palpable among both the coaching staff and players.”
Since the roster was announced, Singh has been carefully completing all the final details needed before the squad sets out in just a few short weeks.
“With the squad finalized, our focus is on meticulous planning, and mental health well-being, helping each other to remain focused during the entire competition. USA fans can expect our team to bring their A-game, showcasing determination, teamwork, and a strong will to succeed on the international stage in Chile.”
As men’s field hockey continues to rise in the United States, Singh continues to set high standards and expectations for his squad – especially with the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games being held in California, where Singh has spent a lot of time building interest in boys field hockey. He shared what an Olympic qualification would mean to him and the team.
“Olympic qualification would be a monumental achievement for both me and the team. It would represent the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. It's a dream we all share and achieving it would be an unforgettable moment.”
“In closing, I want to express my gratitude to the fans for their unwavering support of players, USA Field Hockey management, and staff, we'll give our all at the Pan American Games, and I hope to make our country proud.”