USA Field Hockey's Coach Educator Training Concludes with a Promising Outlook

by USA Field Hockey

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The USA Field Hockey Coach Educator Training recently concluded in Charlotte, N.C., where it provided a positive and pleasant learning experience for Coach Educators in the making. The two-day training included 15 Coach Educators and three observers who represented college and club teams from throughout the country. Their presence and active engagement were vital to the success of the training program, displaying a level of commitment that went deeply appreciated. USA Field Hockey’s High Performance Director Craig Parnham led the training, alongside Phil Edwards and Tjerk Van Herwaarden.



“The recently concluded Coach Educator Training went very well,” stated Parnham. “The engagement and openness of the group created a very positive learning and sharing environment. I look forward to seeing the educators in action as they apply their knowledge and skills in the months and years to come.”


The importance of identifying exceptional coach educators nationwide cannot be overstated. These individuals will play a crucial role in delivering Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Coach Certifications, and will go on to impart coaching best practices at all levels from grassroots to the Olympic Pathway Program, including programs like Nexus. The participation of all those involved in this impactful training further emphasizes the significance of this program.


“It was inspiring to witness the dedication and effort demonstrated by all the coach educators throughout the two-day period,” reflected Van Herwaarden. “Their expertise and passion for our sport and coaching will be essential for the growth and development of our coaches.”



Edwards also expressed his delight at being able to facilitate face-to-face coach development training in Charlotte. “It was a fantastic experience,” he remarked. “Witnessing the amount of experience in the room was great to see and with this group of coaches leading the coach development charge, we are in a great place as a sport.”


From left to right, back row: Parnham, Edwards, Van Herwaarden, Knull, Bustin, Brady, Randolph, Finegan, Egner, Dawson, Lewis, Bergen

From left to right, front row: Kist, Robertson, Garcia-Nieto, Van Sickle, Durante, Wood, Gebhart, Bradley, Broady


Click here to learn more about the USA Field Hockey's Coach Education program.


USA Field Hockey would like to acknowledge the coach educators, coaches and schools/universities they represented during the training:


Craig Parnham

USA Field Hockey's High Performance Director

Phil Edwards

Rutgers University Technical Director, Path Coaching Owner

Tjerk Van Herwaarden

Harvard University Head Coach


Jessica Bergen

Trinity College Head Coach

Ange Bradley

U-14 Mayhem FHC Head Coach, Former Syracuse Head Coach

Victor Brady

Bryn Mawr College Head Coach

Britt Broady

Brown University Head Coach

Pam Bustin

Duke University Head Coach, Atlanta 1996 Olympian

Rachel Dawson

USWNT Hockey5s Head Coach, Freedom HKY Director of Dev., 3x Olympian

Tamara Durante

Michigan State University Associated Head Coach

Mark Egner

Dartmouth University Head Coach

Manuel Garcia Nieto

University of North Carolina Assistant Coach

Laura Gebhart

Penn State University Associate Head Coach

Helen Knull

Michigan State University Head Coach

Heidi Lewis

Beyond Sticks FHC DC Area Director

Amy Robertson

North Carolina State Chapter President, In the Zone FH Co-Owner

Caitlin Van Sickle

University of North Carolina Assistant Coach, Rio 2016 Olympian

Lyndsay Wood

College of the Holy Cross Head Coach


Michelle Finegan

Former FSC Falcons Owner

Brandi Kist

Queens University of Charlotte Head Coach

Brittney Randolph

FHL/Central Penn FHC Coach