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January 4-6, 2017

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club * Naples, Florida

 Join us for 3 days of business meetings, classroom speakers, and an on-field technical clinic, all held in sunny Naples, Florida!

 This year's Annual Convention will feature the following international speakers:


 Michel Kinnen (Belgium)

FIH High Performance Coach

FIH Hockey Academy Instructor

European Hockey Federation Mentor

Belgian Hockey Federation High Performance Mentor


Tristram Woodhouse (Australia)

International Coach Consultant - Asia

Head Coach - Woodhouse Sports Academy

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David Harte (Ireland)

2015 FIH World Goalkeeper of the Year

Captain, Men's National Team - Ireland

2016 Olympian


Rassie Pieterse (South Africa)

Men's National Team Member - South Africa

2-time Olympian


Register to attend the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention today by clicking on the link below:


2017 NFHCA Annual Convention Online Registration


Prefer to pay your registration fee with a check?  Download the registration form posted below and mail it, along with your payment, to the NFHCA Office. 

2017 NFHCA Annual Convention - Registration Form (by mail)


Click on a link below to view of copy of this year's Schedule of Events: 


2017 NFHCA Annual Convention - Schedule of Events - College Coaches

2017 NFHCA Annual Convention - Schedule of Events - High School & Club Coaches


Additional details regarding this year's internationally recognized speakers will be available in the coming days.  Stay tuned!


Room Block Information: 

The NFHCA has reserved a block of rooms at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club for 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention attendees.

You can reserve your sleeping room today by clicking on the link posted below:

Reserve A Room - The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is offering a group rate of $160 per night until December 13, 2016.





The National Field Hockey Coaches Association is pleased to announce that it will be offering vendor booth space at the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention.


The 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention is scheduled to be held January 4-6, 2017 at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, Florida.  We expect 350-400 college, high school, junior high school, and club coaches from across the United States to attend this year’s event.


Vendors will be permitted to set up their booths the morning of Wednesday, January 4th.  Vendor booths will remain open through the end of the day’s activities on Thursday, January 5th.


If you are interested in attending the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention as a vendor, please complete the agreement posted below and return it to my office by November 15th:


2017 NFHCA Annual Convention - Vendor Application


Questions regarding vendor space at the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention should be directed to the NFHCA Office.

Longstreth 2016
Wednesday, October 26

Longstreth/NFHCA Weekly Award Winners Announced

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) weekly awards for competition from Oct. 17-23 were handed out on Wednesday to six student-athletes across Division I, II and III.

The Division I weekly honors went to Harvard senior forward Marissa Balleza and Duke freshman goalkeeper Sammi Steele. The Longstreth/NFHCA weekly awards in Division II were given to LIU Post sophomore forward/midfielder Emily Miller and Merrimack freshman goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen, while the honors in Division III went to Amherst senior forward Sara Culhane and Arcadia senior goalkeeper Brittany Hodson.

More information on each of the weekly award winners as well as the honorable mention selections from each division are included below. 

Longstreth/NFHCA Division I weekly awards - Oct. 26

Longstreth/NFHCA Division II weekly awards - Oct. 26

Longstreth/NFHCA Division III weekly awards - Oct. 26

About Longstreth Sporting Goods
For over 30 years, Longstreth Sporting Goods has “defined the women’s game” by providing an endless selection in Field Hockey, Lacrosse and Softball equipment. Barbara Longstreth initiated the passion for women’s sports, and the importance of personal attention to female athletes of all ages that gave way to Longstreth Sporting Goods. We are committed to continuing this passion and attention today.  

Penn Monto
Tuesday, October 25

Messiah Remains No. 1 in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll - Oct. 25

CHANDLER, Ariz. – After beating another ranked opponent and running its winning streak to 14 last week, Messiah earned the No. 1 ranking in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll on Tuesday for the fifth week in a row.

The Falcons have won all 14 of their matchups against Division III opponents, and defeated the last remaining unbeaten squad in the nation on Saturday when they pulled out a 3-0 victory at then No. 15 Alvernia. Messiah was the first-place selection of 47 out of 49 voters this week and earned 973 points to easily claim the No. 1 ranking.

Salisbury held its spot at No. 2 and was followed by three teams from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Tufts jumped up one spot to No. 3 while dropping Bowdoin one place to No. 4, and Middlebury held its ground at No. 5.

The College of New Jersey came up one place to No. 6, and was followed in the top 10 by No. 7 Ursinus, No. 8 Franklin & Marshall, No. 9 Amherst and No. 10 Babson. The rest of the poll featured No. 11 Trinity (Conn.), No. 12 Muhlenberg, No. 13 Montclair State, No. 14 University of Rochester, No. 15 Hamilton, No. 16 Skidmore, No. 17 Alvernia, No. 18 Kean, No. 19 William Smith and No. 20 Williams.

For the full ranking and list of the next five teams receiving votes, view the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll.

The race for the NESCAC regular-season title comes to a close in the next two days, and three games between top-20 opponents are on tap as the schedule concludes. No. 3 Tufts can clinch the outright regular-season crown with a win at No. 4 Bowdoin on Wednesday, while No. 9 Amherst hosts No. 11 Trinity as well after No. 5 Middlebury goes to No. 20 Williams on Tuesday. Those six teams are jockeying for position in the conference tournament along with No. 15 Hamilton, with eight squads making the quarterfinals on Saturday and the top four seeds hosting the contests.

Top-ranked Messiah will try to complete a perfect regular season against Division III opponents this week, but faces a big test in its finale with a visit to No. 19 William Smith on Saturday. A key matchup is also on tap in the Centennial Conference on Saturday as No. 7 Ursinus host No. 12 Muhlenberg.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches, and has no bearing on selection to the 2016 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.

Penn Monto
Tuesday, October 25

East Stroudsburg at No. 1 in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll - Oct. 25

CHANDLER, Ariz. – East Stroudsburg won a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup against Shippensburg by a 2-1 final in double overtime on Saturday, and with the win the Warriors moved back into the top position in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll announced on Tuesday.

ESU came back from an early 1-0 deficit by scoring the equalizer in the second half and getting the game-winner in the 96th minute. It was the second time this season where the Warriors won a 1 vs. 2 matchup between the schools as they also pulled out a 1-0 overtime win at Shippensburg on Sept. 17 when ESU was the No. 1 ranked squad. ESU improved to 14-3 overall with its seventh win in a row, while Shippensburg fell to 14-2 on the season and dropped to the No. 2 ranking in the poll.

The rest of the top five held steady with Saint Anselm at No. 3, Millersville at No. 4 and Stonehill at No. 5. The next two teams switched places as LIU Post moved to No. 6 and Bloomsburg came in at No. 7. Adelphi maintained the No. 8 position while West Chester came up one spot to No. 9 and Kutztown slid down one place to No. 10. For the full ranking, view the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll.

The final weekend of the regular season features key matchups in all three Division II conference races. No. 2 Shippensburg has the toughest slate ahead as the Raiders host No. 10 Kutztown on Wednesday and visit No. 7 Bloomsburg on Saturday. No. 4 Millersville heads to No. 9 West Chester on Wednesday.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches, and has no bearing on selection to the 2016 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship.

Penn Monto
Tuesday, October 25

Duke Moves to No. 1 in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll - Oct. 25

CHANDLER, Ariz. – After clinching the regular-season title in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time, Duke climbed to the No. 1 ranking in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll announced on Tuesday.

The Blue Devils completed a 5-1 mark in ACC play with a 3-0 win over rival North Carolina in a matchup of top-five squads on Saturday. Duke improved to 14-2 on the season with the win and recorded its 11th victory against a top-20 opponent. Duke captured 822 points and 29 first-place votes to move up one spot to the top ranking.

Syracuse, which finished as the runner-up in the ACC with a 4-2 mark, moved up one spot to No. 2. Connecticut and Maryland share the No. 3 ranking after the Terrapins took down the top-ranked and then unbeaten Huskies by a 2-1 final at home on Sunday. North Carolina slid down one position to No. 5.

Penn State and Louisville held their spots at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, while Virginia and Delaware switched places with the Cavaliers grabbing the No. 8 ranking and the Blue Hens coming in at No. 9. Northwestern held its position at No. 10 in the country.

The bottom half of the poll featured No. 11 Michigan, No. 12 Boston College, No. 13 Princeton, No. 14 Boston University, No. 15 Iowa, No. 16 Harvard, No. 17 Stanford, No. 18 Wake Forest, No. 19 Albany and No. 20 American. Albany re-entered the Penn Monto/NFHCA poll this week. For the full ranking and point totals, view the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll - Oct. 25.

The final weekend of the regular season features six games between ranked opponents, with No. 12 Boston College playing in two of those contests as the Eagles visit No. 16 Harvard on Thursday and host No. 3 Connecticut on Sunday. The slate of ranked matchups begins with a top-10 contest as No. 3 Maryland hosts No. 8 Virginia on Tuesday while the weekend action includes three games on Saturday as No. 7 Louisville goes to No. 11 Michigan, No. 10 Northwestern takes on No. 17 Stanford and No. 14 Boston University heads to No. 20 American.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, November 1. The poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches, and has no bearing on selection to the 2016 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.

Tuesday, October 25

NFHCA Division III Notebook - Oct. 25

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NESCAC Race Wide Open Heading into Season Finales
Seven teams from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) appeared in the most recent Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll, and all of them are engaging in an outstanding race for the regular-season title in the conference. Tufts leads the way with a 7-2 record, while Hamilton is a half-game back at 7-3 and Amherst, Bowdoin, Middlebury and Trinity (Conn.) all sit at 6-3. Williams is one game back at 5-4. The race wraps up on Wednesday when six of the teams will face off against each other. Tufts goes for the outright regular-season crown when it visits Bowdoin while Trinity goes to Amherst and Middlebury is at Williams. If Tufts falls at Bowdoin, as many as five schools will tie for the regular-season title. Postseason seeding will be crucial as the quarterfinals on Saturday are played at the top four seeds while the semifinals and championship on Nov. 5-6 will be hosted by the highest remaining seed.

William Smith Emerges as Liberty League Regular-Season Winner
The Liberty League Tournament will feature three top-20 schools and another that is just outside the ranking. William Smith came through with a win at home against Skidmore on Saturday to take the top seed and outright regular-season title with a 5-1 conference record. By doing so the Herons will host fourth-seed Rochester in one semifinal on Nov. 2 while third-seed Skidmore goes to second-seed Vassar. Those three schools all finished tied in conference play with a 4-2 record. The highest remaining seed hosts the Liberty League Championship on Nov. 5.

Messiah Knocks Out the Final Unbeaten in Division III
No. 1 Messiah improved to a perfect 14-0 against Division III schools and beat the last undefeated team in the nation as it posted a 3-0 win at No. 15 Alvernia on Saturday. With the win, Messiah locked up the top seed in the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Tournament and will be able to host all of its games in the event. Messiah tries to finish a perfect mark in conference play and earn the outright regular-season title when it takes on Hood on Thursday, then goes to William Smith on Saturday looking to complete an unbeaten regular season against Division III opponents.

More Conference Races
Some conference races have intrigue heading into the final weekend, while others are all set to take off for the postseason tournament next week. One of the most interesting races comes between a trio of top-15 teams in the Centennial Conference. Muhlenberg leads at 9-0, but Ursinus is a game back at 8-1 and hosts a matchup between the two on Saturday. Franklin & Marshall, which beat Ursinus but lost to Muhlenberg, is also very much in the mix for the regular-season crown at 7-1. The top seed hosts the semifinals and championship next weekend. In other races still to be determined among multiple teams, FDU-Florham leads the MAC Freedom at 5-1 while Manhattanville, King’s and Wilkes all sit at 4-2 and in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference a three-way race features Lynchburg at 6-0 and Bridgewater and Washington and Lee both at 5-1 with two conference games left for all teams. DePauw (11-1) needs to win one of its final two games to claim the outright regular-season title in the North Coast Athletic Conference, with both Kenyon (10-3) and Denison (9-3) hoping to gain a share of the crown. A pair of races will come down to head-to-head matchups as Babson (7-0) hosts MIT (6-1) in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and Regis (7-1) takes on Elms (6-2) in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) on Saturday, which would be for the regular-season crown if both teams can win their games on Tuesday. Teams who have locked up the outright regular-season title and right to host any games they play in their conference’s tourney include The College of New Jersey (New Jersey Athletic Conference), University of New England (Commonwealth Coast Conference), St. John Fisher (Empire 8), Keene State (Little East), Rhodes (Southern Athletic Association), Cortland (State University of New York Athletic Conference) and William Smith (Liberty League). Additional teams who have clinched at least a share of the regular-season title and will host any of their conference tournament games include Salisbury (Capital Athletic Conference), Gwynedd Mercy (Colonial States Athletic Conference), Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (Great Northeast Athletic Conference), Elizabethtown (Landmark Conference), Messiah (MAC Commonwealth), Maine-Farmington (North Atlantic Conference East) and Wells (NAC West).

Meese Wins 300th Game at Wooster
Brenda Meese recorded her 300th victory as head coach at Wooster on Wednesday with a 2-1 triumph over Ohio Wesleyan. It was the 424th win overall for the 1975 Wooster alum, as she also coached for 10 years at Oneonta State before taking over at her alma mater.

Monday, October 24
NFHCA Division II Notebook - Oct. 24 

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East Stroudsburg Tops Shippensburg in Another 1 vs. 2 Matchup
For the second time this season, East Stroudsburg beat Shippensburg in a matchup of the two top-ranked teams in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll. On Saturday, No. 2 ESU posted a come-from-behind 2-1 double-overtime victory at home against No. 1 Shippensburg. The Warriors evened the score at 1-1 on a goal by Robin Stevenson in the 46th minute, then won it in double overtime when Ashley Choda scored the game-winner in the 96th minute. ESU improved to 14-3 with its seventh win in a row, while Shippensburg dropped to 14-2 with the only two defeats coming against the Warriors. East Stroudsburg was ranked No. 1 when it posted a 1-0 overtime win at No. 2 Shippensburg on Sept. 17.

Conference Race: PSAC
East Stroudsburg’s victory on Saturday gave it a leg up on Shippensburg in the race for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference regular-season title. ESU holds an 8-1 mark in conference action while Shippensburg comes in with a 7-1 record. Both teams have qualified for the conference tournament along with Millersville and West Chester, who are each 6-2 in conference action. Bloomsburg (5-3) and Kutztown (4-4) have the inside track for the last two berths to the six-team conference tournament, though Indiana University Pennsylvania (3-5) and Slippery Rock (3-5) are both in the hunt. The PSAC Tournament begins with the quarterfinals on Nov. 1 at host sites, followed by the top seed hosting both the semifinals and championship on Nov. 4 and 6.

Conference Race: Northeast-10
Placement throughout the standings is integral in the Northeast-10 race, as the six-team tournament will be played at the higher seed in each matchup with the quarterfinals on Nov. 1, semifinals on Nov. 4 and championship on Nov. 6. Saint Anselm has caught fire with six straight wins to take first place in the conference at 9-1, while Stonehill sits in the coveted second-place spot at 8-2 as the top two teams will get byes to the semifinals. LIU Post and Adelphi are tied for third at 7-3 in conference action, while the next six teams are separated by just two games with Assumption and Merrimack at 6-4, American International at 6-5, Bentley at 5-5, Southern New Hampshire at 5-6 and Pace at 4-6.

Conference Race: ECAC
Lindenwood grabbed the lead in the ECAC race, holding a 6-1 record and a one-game advantage over Bellarmine at 5-2. Limestone is next at 4-3 in conference action, and the three teams are safely into the league tournament which will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at Newberry. Mercy (1-5) and Newberry (1-6) are each competing for the final spot and face off in the regular-season finale on Sunday at Newberry.

Monday, October 24
NFHCA Division I Notebook - Oct. 24
Duke Wins ACC Regular-Season Title with Victory over UNC
No. 2 Duke took home its first-ever regular-season title in the Atlantic Coast Conference in impressive fashion by pulling out a 3-0 win at home against No. 4 North Carolina on Saturday. The Blue Devils scored their three goals in a 20-minute span in the middle of the contest and held the Tar Heels scoreless behind eight saves from Sammi Steele. Duke finished 5-1 in ACC play and will be the top seed in the conference tournament, which begins on Nov. 3 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
No More Unbeatens: Maryland Takes Down Top-Ranked Connecticut
There will be no unbeaten squads in 2016 after No. 5 Maryland pulled out a 2-1 win over top-ranked Connecticut on Sunday in College Park. The host Terrapins fell behind 1-0 early before scoring a pair of goals later in the first half to take the lead and holding that advantage the rest of the way. Maryland, which is 6-1 in the Big Ten, has already locked up at least a share of the conference’s regular-season title. The Terrapins will try to make that an outright title when they host Rutgers on Saturday.

More Outright Regular-Season Champions
Joining Duke as winners of outright regular-season titles in their conferences are Connecticut (Big East), Saint Joseph’s (Atlantic 10), Kent State (Mid-American) and Monmouth (Metro Atlantic). Each team will serve as the top seed in its conference tournament. Saint Joseph’s won the A-10 regular-season crown for the first time since 1995. Kent State won its fifth consecutive MAC regular-season crown, UConn claimed its fourth in a row in the Big East and Monmouth earned its third-straight in the MAAC.

Conference Races Close in the Stretch
While Maryland has at least a share of the regular-season title in the Big Ten for the third season in a row, a loss to Rutgers on Saturday would allow Penn State (5-2) to share the title if it can beat Indiana on Friday. In a conference with no postseason tournament, Harvard (5-0) gained the inside track for the Ivy League crown with a 3-2 victory in overtime at Princeton (4-1) on Saturday. Two weekends remain in the Ivy League race. In the America East, Albany (6-1) needs a win over UMass-Lowell to clinch the outright-regular season title in the East Division. If Albany loses, Maine (4-2) could match the Great Danes with two victories this weekend. In the conference’s West Division, Stanford (5-1) has clinched at least a share of the regular-season crown while Pacific (4-1) can match the Cardinal with a win at California on Sunday. American (5-0) has clinched at least a share of the regular-season title in the Patriot League, but Boston University (3-1) can still tie the Eagles at the top of the standings. The Terriers will finish their contest against Holy Cross on Tuesday, a game that was suspended by lightning on Friday with BU leading 2-1 and 28:52 remaining. If BU wins, it would go to American on Saturday in a matchup where the winner would host the Patriot League Tournament the following weekend. Delaware (4-0) has the lead heading into the final weekend of action in the Colonial Athletic Association, but William & Mary (4-1), James Madison (3-2) and Drexel (2-2) could all tie for the top spot in the standings. Delaware will try to lock up the regular-season title as it hosts Northeastern and Drexel, while William & Mary visits Hofstra on Sunday.

Conference Tournament Schedule
ACC: Thursday, Nov. 3 (Quarterfinals); Friday, Nov. 4 (Semifinals); Sunday, Nov. 6 (Championship) – Winston-Salem, North Carolina – All seven teams qualify
Big Ten: Thursday, Nov. 3 (Quarterfinals); Friday, Nov. 4 (Semifinals); Sunday, Nov. 6 (Championship) – College Park, Maryland – Eight teams qualify
Big East: Friday, Nov. 4 (Semifinals); Sunday, Nov. 6 (Championship) – Philadelphia, Pa. – Four teams qualify
CAA: Friday, Nov. 4 (Semifinals); Sunday, Nov. 6 (Championship) – Hosted by top seed – Four teams qualify
America East: Thursday, Nov. 3-Friday, Nov. 4 (Quarterfinals); Saturday, Nov. 5 (Semifinals); Sunday, Nov. 6 (Championship) – Stockton, Calif. – Eight teams qualify
Patriot League: Friday, Nov. 4 (Semifinals); Sunday, Nov. 6 (Championship) – Hosted by top seed – Four teams qualify
Atlantic 10: Friday, Nov. 4 (Semifinals); Saturday, Nov. 5 (Championship) – Richmond, Va. – Four teams qualify
MAAC: Friday, Nov. 4 (Semifinals); Sunday, Nov. 6 (Championship) – Hosted by top seed (Monmouth) – Four teams qualify
Mid-American: Friday, Nov. 4 (Semifinals); Saturday, Nov. 5 (Championship) – Kent, Ohio – Four teams qualify

Monday, October 17

Anderson Gets Hands-On Experience in Summer Internship

By Matt Dougherty, NFHCA Director of Communications

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Hamilton senior Emma Anderson has always had an interest in biology, and over the past two summers has put that into action through internship opportunities that have allowed her to take part in key medical research.

She spent the past summer taking part in the internship program at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, working with mice in studies for determining effects of high-fat diets on development of diabetes and also for mutations responsible for tachycardia.

The opportunity became available in part because of Anderson’s previous work with internship programs at Hamilton.

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to study when I came to Hamilton,” Anderson said. “I had an interest in biology in high school, and then I took it as a freshman and continued as a sophomore and decided to declare as a major. I’ve just always been interested in it and had conducted research at Hamilton the previous two summers. It was an awesome opportunity and it was a major reason that I was able to get such a prestigious research internship this summer because of my unique prior experience.”

Even with her similar internship experience at Hamilton, Anderson was thrilled and somewhat surprised when she found out she had received the internship with Jackson Laboratory this summer.

“I had known about it forever because my grandparents live in Maine and we visit Acadia National Park, and Jackson Harbor is right on the edge of it,” she said. “I applied two years ago and didn’t get in, but got in this time. I applied to a handful of summer internships because Jackson Laboratory was the one I never thought I would get. But it turned out it was the only one I got. It was the one I wanted and when I heard back I was pleasantly shocked.”

The Summer Student Program at Jackson Laboratory is designed to help its participants understand the nature of research science, with an emphasis on methods of discovery. Each student has a mentor, and presents findings at the end of the program. Anderson worked on two different research projects under the advisement of Dr. Karen Svenson: The Effects of High-Fat Diets with Varied Carbohydrate Content on the Development of Diabetes in Obese Mouse Models, and Determination of the Mutation Responsible for the Tachycardiac Phenotype of ENU Mutant Strain HLB468.

“The project with the diabetic mice was a long-term diet study looking into the effects of carbohydrates in diet and leading to diabetes,” Anderson said. “There were four strains, two of which were genetically lean and the other two were genetically obese. It allowed us to compare the environmental effects of diet on being obese. The particular project involved measuring a lot of different parameters of the diabetic condition. Basically my role was to take all that data and put it into a comprehensive excel spreadsheet and put it into different ratios to get at what the data was telling us. It was a really cool experience to see what goes into those nice graphs. You have to look at them in a lot of different tables.”

She continued, “The other project I did was on genetic mutation of causing an elevated heart rate in a mouse chain. The mouse chain had this mutation that was causing an elevated heart rate and I was trying to figure out what gene it was. We think we figured it out but need further research to determine if it was the cause.”

Anderson learned a great deal from her research and hands-on experience.

“There is a lot of failing that goes into research but you only hear about the success. It can be frustrating at times and it’s really rewarding when you do find something and that really makes it worth it. I find that the environment was very collaborative and everyone was willing to help each other. People were really interested in everyone’s work and passionate about their jobs and working towards a common goal. Everyone wants to make a positive discovery to promote health and well-being.”

Anderson stated that the data was so large in the study of high-fat diets that the research team had some preliminary findings that carbohydrates could have a role in obesity, but need to do more work to establish a final report. In the tachycardia study, based on the findings the mutation that identified may be the cause of elevated heart rate but again more research is needed to come to a definitive conclusion since the mutation could act alone or in conjunction with something else.

“It was definitely great that we figured out this mutation because it was previously unknown,” Anderson said of the tachycardia study. “With the diet study they know what the next steps to take are and based on what we found they might alter the diets a little differently. The hands-on experience really was the best way to learn.”

Anderson believes the opportunity to intern at Jackson Laboratory would not have come about if not for her chance to do hands-on work at Hamilton College. Anderson’s experience at the school and with the field hockey program has been everything she had hoped for and more.

“I looked at a lot of different schools, but I kind of knew what I wanted which was a smaller school that was not too far away from home,” said Anderson, a native of Greene, New York. I knew that I wanted to play field hockey and have the opportunity to study abroad during college (which she did in Edinburgh, Scotland). I enjoyed the balance of athletics and academics, and our coach (Gillian McDonald) is so supportive with always making sure that academics come first. It’s a time commitment but there is also a great support system.”

She continued, “I love my teammates. They make every practice and everything so much fun. They are just great people to be around. The people at Hamilton are just amazing. The professors are so helpful in providing advice, and not just for school but life advice. I’ve had the opportunity to take a wide range of classes and have learned so much being here and outside my comfort zone.

Anderson’s career at Hamilton is winding down this fall, and she has been a starter all season for an outstanding squad that has four wins over nationally-ranked opponents, including three in a row over the last 10 days. When her time is up on the field and in the classroom next spring, Anderson looks to continue what carry what she learned in internships into her professional life.

“I’m thinking about a career in the field of public health”, Anderson said. “It would possibly be working in nutritional genomics to have the potential to impact a wide range of people. I would still work in research, but more involved in looking at data and patterns and correlation to find information and be able to educate on nutritional ways to improve overall health.”

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Monday, October 10

Thibault Inspired to Help with Project Safety

By Matt Dougherty, NFHCA Director of Communications

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Worcester State junior Jolane Thibault is the walking embodiment of the idea that a terrible event can sometimes end up leading people to do great things.

Thibault, from Douglas, Massachusetts, created Project Safety to promote good health and hygiene to underprivileged children across the world. She began to feel the pull to help others in the aftermath of the terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

“I wanted to try to think of something positive that could help people after the Boston Marathon bombings, something that would help with little things. Some of my professors guided me and helped me begin. I took a class that helped in getting support and donating, and figured where I would start from there.”

With the idea in place, Thibault put Project Safety into action. She collected bandages, gauze pads, tweezers, scissors, advil, ibuprofen, rubbing alcohol, saline solution and more to create first-aid kits to send to Malawi, Africa for children who needed help with such basic necessities that are taken for granted by most people in the Unites States.

It was all made possible by the great support Thibault received for the project from family, friends and the entire Worcester State community.

“I reached out to my coaches and they were so willing to help donate and think of ways that the team could help create packages,” Thibault said. “Other professors donated, people from other sports donated. More professors that I never even had were willing to help, and one created 15 kits by himself.”

Thibault ended up creating 100 first-aid kits, and shipped them to Malawi for delivery in August. Thibault’s mother, Diane, is a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital and works with Chimwemwe Moya Clarke, a Malawi native who went to deliver and distribute the first-aid kits to orphanages.

“She (Clarke) said it was incredible, people were practically fighting over them. We put them in tupperware containers because that’s what they wanted, and she had to explain to them what everything was used for. It was an incredible reaction and something small means so much to them.”

Thibault’s venture is truly a family affair, as she gets help from her parents, boyfriend and sister Suzanne, a sophomore field hockey student-athlete at Mount Ida College. Jolane now hopes to expand the project and continue to bring assistance to those in need.

“I want to send supplies to all different areas that are poverty stricken,” she said. “The next destination would be to go to Haiti. I know someone who owns a hospital over there and she would donate them to villages and areas in the poverty line.”

Thibault is majoring in Public Health and Pre-Nursing, and wants to use that experience towards a career in the medical field.

“I want to be a nurse practitioner in the pediatric oncology field,” Thibault said. “After I graduate I would have to get a master’s degree in nursing specializing in pediatric oncology. I always wanted to help kids with cancer in any way I could.”

Until then, Thibault will focus on field hockey, a sport that she “fell in love with” when her father first encouraged her to play in middle school. She’ll continue to work towards her degree at Worcester State, a place where she has “loved every second” of her experience so far. And she will also hope to bring more support to children in poverty through Project Safety.

“It has just been a great experience for me and I’m happy that people are willing to jump on board. I really appreciate everything that has been done for me so far.”

More information on Project Safety can be found at

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NFHCA Feature Story: Amanda Strous Left a Legacy at Shippensburg

By Matt Dougherty, NFHCA Director of Communications

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – While Shippensburg field hockey moves on with a strong season on the field in 2016, hearts are heavy within the Raiders’ program after the tragic loss of former player and coach Amanda Strous this summer.

Strous passed away on June 18 at the age of 27, but not before leaving a legacy of love and kindness on all who she came into contact with. “Amanda touched everyone she met and she was concerned and cared about people right away,” said Shippensburg Head Coach Bertie Landes. “She was able to reach each every one of the players in their own niche and she knew what to say and how to say it. She loved the kids and really cared for them and it really showed in what she did.”

What she did for the Shippensburg field hockey program was immeasurable, both as a player and a coach. Strous played for the Raiders from 2007-10, and graduated in the spring of 2011 with a bachelor of science in Psychology and a minor in Art. She played 79 games in her career at Shippensburg, totaling 24 goals and 13 assists for 61 points. Strous scored 11 goals and had five assists as a senior in 2010 while helping her team to the national championship game as a captain.

Strous returned to Shippensburg as an assistant coach in 2012 while also working towards her master’s degree. In 2013, she was the primary assistant on a Shippensburg squad which won its first-ever Division II National Championship.

Landes recalls the key role Strous played on the championship run by instilling her optimistic spirit into the squad.

“In our championship season we lost our PSAC championship in a close game,” Landes said. “She took the kids in the locker room and just motivated them positively and it really led to our championship. Her attitude of being positive just really turned their defeat into a victory.”

Landes continued, “Amanda just had a love for the game, she just blossomed on the field. As a coach she had a coach’s mind and really encouraged the kids in a positive way. She knew the game and knew how to coach it well. She gave her heart to our program. She gave everything she could in every way to each player.”

Landes saw Strous develop both on and off the field during her years at Shippensburg.

“She came in as a typical high school kid, but she bought into the team philosophy,” Landes said. “She didn’t really start for me until her junior year. Not only did her own skill improve, but she helped those around her become better. It was never about her, it’s always about what I can do for other people.”

Strous earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Shippensburg in 2015, and later moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she worked as a collegiate counselor at Central Piedmont Community College. She was engaged to her longtime boyfriend Cory McCleaf with a wedding planned for July 30.

“She was within our counseling program and eventually wanted to combine the coaching aspect with it,” Landes said. “That was her forte, and she just wanted to mold them into the traits that would be successful in the classroom. She wanted to take that a step further and to be successful on the field too.”

Even though she passed at a young age, Strous was able to impact the lives of those around her with her caring nature.

“It was just amazing how many lives she touched,” Lands said. “In her short 27 years it was her personal heart for people that just touched everyone in so many ways. She was just alive, her motto was “Live. Laugh. Love.” It was how can I help you and how are you doing, and she wanted to know all about the team and what I was going through. She sincerely wanted to be there for you and know how you were. She was just a special young person.”

Strous is present in the thoughts and minds of Shippensburg field hockey coaches and student-athletes this season, and the program has dedicated its campaign to her memory. The players wear a heart on their stick that says “22 fly high” in honor of Strous’ jersey number, with that uniform number also with the team on the bench each game. The team also has purple stick grips to represent Strous’ favorite color, and their huddle always ends with a cheer for “22”.

The program has already hosted a handful of days to honor Strous. The Alumni Game on Aug. 20 was the first formal event for the Raiders after Strous’ passing, and her former teammates and coaches remembered her throughout the game. Former players Emily Fulton and Katie Shoop both spoke to the crowd along with Landes. McCleaf applied a No. 22 sticker to the 2013 national championship banner, and a scrapbook of memories was provided to Strous’ family. Shippensburg also held a “Purple Out” for the Sept. 24 home game against Seton Hill, where a pre-game ceremony included Strous’ parents providing a check toward the creation of a scholarship in her name. Through it all the team has experienced great success on the field, holding a 10-1 record and ranking among the top spots in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll all season.

"Amanda left us a legacy that our team has grasped onto and they want to leave that same type of legacy in honor of her,” Landes said. “I think they have bonded very quickly. Coming into preseason they really dedicated themselves to that legacy of caring for each other and keeping that feeling of a team to move us forward and to help shine her light to others. They just want to do their best and honor her.”

While the Shippensburg student-athletes and coaches have been there to comfort each other as well as Strous’ family and friends, they have also received support from other field hockey programs around the country.

“I just want to thank the field hockey community,” Landes said. “I had so many emails from coaches and programs. It’s just so gratifying to know that they also want to carry on her traditions.”



Tuesday, September 20
NFHCA Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016

CHANDLER, Ariz. - New Hampshire Head Coach Robin Balducci, former Kent State Head Coach and administrator Judy Devine and Episcopal Academy Head Coach and Director of Athletics Gina Buggy have been selected as the members of the class of 2016 for induction into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Hall of Fame, it was announced on Monday.

The three distinguished individuals will be formally inducted into the NFHCA Hall of Fame on January 5, 2017. The induction ceremony will be held during the 2017 NFHCA Annual Convention from January 4-6 at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, Florida. 

Balducci is currently in her 26th season as head field hockey coach at New Hampshire and is the school's all-time wins leader. She is a 1985 UNH graduate who was previously inducted into the school's Women's Athletics Hall of Honor.

Devine was the head field hockey coach at Kent State from 1970-80 and continued her career at the school as an administrator until retiring following 31 years of service in 2000. She is considered the matriarch of Kent State athletics and has been inducted to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame as well as becoming the first female administrator in the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame in 2014.

Buggy had a standout career at Ursinus College before playing on the United States Field Hockey National Team, where she was a member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. She has spent the past 30 years as the head field hockey coach at The Episcopal Academy, and has served as the school's Director of Athletics since 1993.

For more on each of the class of 2016 Hall of Fame honorees, read the profiles below. 

Robin Balducci

Judy Devine

Gina Buggy




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