Annual Awards Nominees

USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce that people’s choice voting is now open for USA Field Hockey's 2023 Annual Awards. Over the course of the past several weeks, USA Field Hockey received nominations from numerous individuals to build the nominees for the following award categories: Grow the Game Award, National Coach Award, National Umpire Award and National Club of the Year Award. Now it’s time for the people to choose! Please visit the links below to vote and show your support. Each fan can vote once per award during the voting window. Votes can be changed during the timeframe but revisiting the link, but only one vote per IP address counts. USA Field Hockey will accept votes from Thursday, December 7 to Thursday, December 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced and honored on the week of January 8, 2024.

  • Grow the Game Award

    USA Field Hockey Grow the Game Award - is presented to a USA Field Hockey Member that has help lay a foundation, build a lasting program and impacted their community through field hockey. They have provided opportunities to countless field hockey players in their region that would not exist without their efforts

    Elizeth Hitti
    • Founded Atlanta Field Hockey Club in 2019 – the only field hockey club for 250 miles 
      • Club has grown to 80+ athletes, including adult teams and the largest participation of boys in the US 
    • Collaborated with other state representatives to create the first Adult Regional Club Championship in the Southeast 
    • Partnered with YMCA to host after-school programs and camps, introducing 100+ athletes to the sport 
    Amanda Lawson
    • Established an elementary program that introduces field hockey to thousands of young athletes across Pennsylvania 
      • Uses current high school aged athletes as coaches for elementary program 
    • Owner of Horizon Field Hockey Club 
      • Club focuses on development of the athlete on and off the field, creating an inclusive space 
    Kylie Kelce
    • Lower Merion High School Head Coach in Philadelphia
    • Recently partnered with Stick with KC 
    • Married to an NFL player, she is using her platform to draw attention to field hockey 
    • Former WC Eagles athlete and played at Cabrini College
    Amy Krompinger
    • Founder of Aim Athletes, coaching more than 1,000 athletes over the past ten years 
      • Players can start as young as 4 
    • Coached at Western Connecticut State University’s field hockey team 
    • Plays on the U.S. Women's Masters Team
    Keely Tamer
    • USA Field Hockey’s Michigan State Chapter President 
    • Created and currently acts as Executive Director of Great Lakes Regional Field Hockey 
      • Has provided youth field hockey programming in more than fifty communities in southeastern Michigan 
    • Coaches at Pinnacle Field Hockey 

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  • National Coach Award

    USA Field Hockey National Coach Award - is presented to a USA Field Hockey Coach Member that exemplifies the values of sportsmanship, fair play and healthy competition. This individual is dedicated to their craft and works tirelessly to make their players, fellow coaches and the field hockey community better.

    Tiffany Cappellano
    • Head coach of Oley Valley High School, a dominant force in Pennsylvania high school field hockey  
      • In 2023, led the team to capture titles in the county, district and state, winning the PIAA 1A State Championship for the first time in 23 years 
    • Former University of Iowa and U.S. Women’s National Team athlete 
    • Remained a positive role model for countless athletes all the while battling breast cancer this fall 
    Rachel Dawson & Will Holt
    • Coached the U.S. Men's and Women's National Hockey5s Teams at the 2023 Hockey5s Pan American Cup in Kingston, Jamaica
      • Led teams to success, winning gold and qualifying for the 2024 FIH Hockey5s World Cup, despite a new format with limited funding and prep
    • Continually volunteers time and knowledge to the sport
    Jason Mulder
    • Head coach of the U.S. Men's National Indoor Team
    • Led the senior men to a fourth place finish at the 2023 FIH Hockey Indoor World Cup, the highest finish ever
    • Instrumental in boys’ development 
      • Volunteers time 
      • Finds opportunities and funding for boys’ and men’s programming 
    Gloria Nantulya
    • Head coach at Washington Wolves 
      • Created an inclusive, diverse, and nurturing community that has allowed the club to thrive 
      • Involved in coaching every age and level at the club 
    • Coaches Stone Ridge High School, where she has a 90-17-5 record 
    • Prioritizes growing the game, and has brought field hockey to Uganda 
    Lorraine Roussell
    • Assistant coach for the varsity team at Marvin Ridge High School   
    • U-19 Elite South Coach at Charlotte Ambush 
      • Instrumental in creating and growing the south region (South Charlotte/Union County) for Charlotte Ambush 
      • Establishment of the south division had doubled the number of teams in the area 
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  • National Umpire Award

    USA Field Hockey National Umpire Award - is presented to a USA Field Hockey Umpire Member who has shown integrity and love of the game on and off the field of play. This recipient has treated players, coaches and fans with respect while enforcing the rules and keeping the game safe and fair.

    Lauren Bruce
    • Has a background as an athlete and coach, and practices daily on her profession 
    • Officiated at the National Club Championship 
    • Officiated at various Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten matches throughout the college season and named to the ACC Tournament, and umpired in the final 
    • Officiated at the NCAA Division I Final Four, being named the video umpire for the final  
    Katelyn Makovec
    • Played collegiately at Old Dominion University 
    • Began officiating at USA Field Hockey’s Regional and National Events, including the Junior and Senior Nexus Championship 
    • Officiated at the NCAA Division I Final Four, named to the final match 
    • Recorded first international cap in September during the U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada series 
    Allie Mikelson
    • Known official on the collegiate and international scene 
    • Officiated at USA Field Hockey’s National Events including the National Indoor Tournament and Big Apple Indoor Tournament 
    • Officiated at the NCAA Division I Final Four, named the reserve umpire for the final 
    • Developed a resume at international events including the Central American and Caribeean Games, women’s Junior Pan American Championship, Hockey5s Pan American Cup, Nkosi Cup (indoor) and USWNT vs. New Zealand test series 
    • Promoted to FIH International Outdoor Umpire Panel 
    Chip Rogers
    • Has been an umpire, judge or technical official since 2015, including indoor and outdoor test series, men’s FIH Hockey World League Round 2, South American Games, FIH Hockey Pro League and Indoor Pan American Cup 
    • He has held various roles on the technical side including the NCAA Division III Umpire assignor, rules interpreter (local) 
    • On the FIH International Outdoor Technical Official Panel 
    • Associated head coach at Miami University 
    • Been on the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors since 2018 
    Kim Scott
    • Wealth of experience serving as a judge, technical delegate or technical official in more than 180 international matches 
    • Recent assignments include being a technical official 2023 FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup, 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games, 2023 FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup 
    • Other assignments include two seasons of the FIH Hockey Pro League, 2019 Pan American Games and 2021 Indoor Pan American Cups 
    • On the International Elite Panel Technical Official 
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  • National Club of the Year Award

    USA Field Hockey National Club of the Year Award - is presented to the USA Field Hockey Member Club who has excelled on and off the field of play. This club has demonstrated skills on the pitch that are recognized by their peers and fans, but equally important they have shown their passion for hockey and sportsmanship off the pitch. They have used field hockey to make an impression on the lives of others and brought opportunity to their community.

    Charlotte Ambush
    • Focused on competitive excellence, youth development and community development 
      • Offers elite coaching and college recruiting support and counseling 
      • Created rec leagues and skills clinics in Charlotte 
      • Partner with local schools and rec programs to introduce kids to field hockey through gym classes and after-school programs 
    Kansas City Field Hockey
    • Offers leagues and play for boys and girls from first to twelfth grades
    • Organized the Stick with KC event with Kylie Kelce 
    • Extension of Gateway Field Hockey in St. Louis 
    Long Island All Starz
    • A disability inclusive field hockey program 
      • Utilizes both traditional and adapted or modified equipment to provide an enjoyable field hockey experience that’s accessible for all 
    • Recipient of the first-event National Field Hockey Coaches Association Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Spotlight recognition award 
    Needham Youth Field Hockey
    • A non-competitive team, focused on skill development, sportsmanship and fun
    • Focused on creating female role models through hiring local volunteer student coaches
      • Student coaches can apply for annual "Give and Go" Scholarship of $1,500
    • Regularly fundraises for local charities with connections to the club 
    • Club has tripled in size since 2020
    PA Revolution
    • Located in Central Pennsylvania, the club PA Revolution has grown tremendously since being founded in 2016
    • In 2022, they addeda disability inclusive field hockey program that seeks to expand the sport’s opportunities for athletes with disabilities 
      • Provides playing opportunities for athletes with disabilities aged 7 to 24 
      • In their inaugural season, PA Revs had 24 athletes and 24 high school buddies that worked with the athletes 

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