Farry Announces Additions to USWNT High Performance Staff
by USA Field Hockey
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Field Hockey welcomes two new High Performance Staff members to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster. USWNT Head Coach Anthony Farry has added Kyle McMinn as the strength and conditioning coach and Krista Page as the team manager.
“We are delighted to have Kyle and Krista transition into roles with the U.S. Women’s National Team,” said Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey’s Executive Director. “Both have worked with the program extensively over the last few months and their expertise in their areas puts us in a strong position to continue to build the team ahead of prominent international competitions.”
After being contracted to work with the USWNT in 2020, McMinn was officially onboarded to help serve the program as the strength and conditioning coach. He arrives at his post after spending the better part of 20 years honing his craft in the elite performance environment, having trained a multitude of successful internationally competitive athletes. He previously served in various roles including Staff Strength and Conditioning Coach at Penn State University, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus and Director of Sports Performance at Spooky Nook Sports and also maintains a private Sports Science Consultation business serving area high-school and collegiate athletes.
McMinn’s expertise in Sports Science data collection, interpretation and athlete-driven physiological programming will serve the USWNT well in their preparation for international competition, especially during this current hot-button period of “load management” in athletics.
“Load management is a loaded term and is not a new concept in the field of exercise physiology,” added McMinn. “In fact, the principles of load management trace back to the 1915 workings of Italian physiologist Angelo Mosso as he defined fatigue as ‘one of the human body’s most marvelous perfections. My resolve is centralized in accounting for athlete-specific levels of fatigue while optimizing their training stimulus to achieve the most-desirable performance outcome on the pitch. Sometimes that means we manage the load, sometimes we manage the athlete, while in other cases we manage both or neither. Excellence will be in the details.”
McMinn earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology-Athletic Training from Penn State University, his master’s degree in Advanced Athletic Training from Long Island University-Brooklyn. The comprehensive education in athletic injury treatment, rehabilitation and return-to-sport is the focal point of his overall strength and conditioning philosophy which is centered around the prioritization of elite athlete readiness and task-specific performance metrics.
McMinn is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Training Association Board of Certification.
“Kyle brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for creating a successful culture,” added Farry. “His attention to detail is tremendous and is the perfect fit to our growing performance staff. We are all excited to see where Kyle leads the programs physiological development.”
“I want to express my gratitude to everyone at USA Field Hockey for this invaluable, once in a lifetime opportunity,” said McMinn. “Elite athletes are the focal population of many of the textbooks and peer-review articles on which I have based my philosophy and it is an honor to have the ability to be part of their daily process. Methodology, strategy and tactics are of primal importance to me as a sports-science based strength and conditioning coach, so I am schema-driven as a means to the achievement of an ultimate goal. As such, I’m excited to get working with the U.S. Women’s National Team in the undertaking of what I am sure will be a challenging and fruitful journey.”
Page started with USA Field Hockey in October 2015 as the Region 5 Futures Managers. In 2017, she transitioned to the Nexus (Futures) Development Manager, who oversaw all Regional Futures Managers across the county. In that role, she was also responsible for the execution of the National Futures Championship, other USA Field Hockey Regional, National and International Events, and has been instrumental in the development of Nexus.
In January 2020, Page absorbed the role of the USWNT Manager and on April 19 will officially transition full-time to this managerial position.
Field hockey has been a part of Page’s life for a long time, having coached in Pennsylvania for over 20 years. She spent years coaching high school and club athletes in hopes of passing on her passion for the sport as well as provide valuable life lessons along the way.
Page lives in Mount Joy, Pa. and has three children. Her daughter, Jordan (28), played collegiate at Syracuse University and is now the assistant coach at Shippensburg University. Her other daughter Kate (12) currently plays in middle school and for WC Eagles and her son Kameron (27) is a physicians’ assistant.
“We feel very lucky and privileged to have Krista join our staff on a full-time basis,” said Farry. “Having someone of Krista’s caliber, experience and infectious attitude, is a huge positive, not only for our group, but also the organization as a whole and we look forward to supporting and seeing Krista excel in her role."
“I feel fortunate to have been selected for the role of the USWNT Manager by the coaching staff,” commented Page. “I am looking forward to this next journey working with the all the staff and athletes and contributing to our organizational goal of succeeding internationally.”
USA Field Hockey would like to also like to thank Yuko Kimura for her role of medical manager for the USWNT since December 2016. The program and organization wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Join USA Field Hockey in welcoming both McMinn and Page to Team USA.
In the coming months, Farry and his staff will look to add program specialists.