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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


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 19

Longstreth/NFHCA Weekly Award Winners Announced

CHANDLER, Ariz - The Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) weekly awards were handed out on Wednesday to student-athletes in Division I, II and III for competition from Oct. 10-16.

The Division I honors went to a pair of sophomores in Saint Joseph's forward Anna Willocks and Indiana goalkeeper Noelle Rother. In Division II, two student-athletes from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) were the reicipients as West Chester junior forward Rachal Toppi and Shippensburg sophomore goalkeeper Ally Mooney won the weekly honors. The Division III Longstreth/NFHCA weekly awards went to Kean junior forward Krista LaMaina and Hamilton sophomore goalkeeper Julia Booth. 

For full releases on the award winners as well as the honorable mention selections, read the links below. 

Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Weekly Awards - Oct. 19

Longstreth/NFHCA Division II Weekly Awards - Oct. 19

Longstreth/NFHCA Division III Weekly Awards - Oct. 19

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 18

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

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll - Oct. 18

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Messiah once again came in at No. 1 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll on Tuesday, with Salisbury moving up a spot to No. 2 and three teams from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) following in the rankings.

Messiah has won 12 straight games since a season-opening loss to Shippensburg, which ranks No. 1 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll this week. The Falcons are a perfect 12-0 against Division III foes, and added two wins to that mark last week with victories over Albright and Arcadia. Messiah was once again an overwhelming pick at the No. 1 spot, finishing with 912 points and 44 of the 46 first-place selections in the voting.

Salisbury, which is 11-1 with the only loss coming against Messiah, moved up one place to No. 2 in the ranking while Bowdoin dropped a spot to No. 3. Two fellow NESCAC teams followed the Polar Bears, with Tufts at No. 4 and Middlebury at No. 5 as the squads swapped spots from last week.

Franklin & Marshall held its spot at No. 6 while The College of New Jersey was up three places to No. 7. No. 8 Ursinus, No. 9 Babson and No. 10 Amherst each dropped one spot.

The bottom half of the poll consisted of No. 11 Trinity (Conn.), No. 12 Muhlenberg, No. 13 University of Rochester, No. 14 Skidmore, No. 15 Alvernia, No. 16 Kean, No. 17 Montclair State, No. 18 Hamilton, No. 19 William Smith and No. 20 Williams. View all of the ranked squads and the next five receiving votes in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll.

Hamilton joined the top 20 for the first time this week, and in doing so became the seventh NESCAC team in the poll. The conference standings reflect the depth of quality competition with Tufts at 6-2, Hamilton at 6-3 and Amherst, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Trinity and Williams all at 5-3 in league action.

Top-ranked Messiah gets a tough test this week as the Falcons play at No. 15 Alvernia, which holds a 15-0 record. No. 16 Kean, the nation’s other undefeated squad at 14-0, plays a pair of ranked opponents as it visits No. 17 Montclair State on Wednesday and hosts No. 7 TCNJ on Saturday. The rest of the top-20 action includes a NESCAC contest as No. 4 Tufts hosts No. 20 Williams on Saturday and a pair of big Liberty League matchups as No. 14 Skidmore hosts No. 13 Rochester on Friday before visiting No. 19 William Smith on Sunday.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, October 25. 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 18

Shippensburg, ESU Rank 1-2 in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll - Oct. 18

CHANDLER, Ariz. –  Shippensburg and East Stroudsburg held their spots in the top two places in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll on Tuesday, setting up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown between the schools for the second time this season on Saturday.

Shippensburg maintained its No. 1 ranking after winning two road matchups, defeating then-No. 3 Millersville 1-0 on Wednesday before taking down Mercyhurst by an identical score on Saturday. East Stroudsburg rolled off 5-1 wins over both Mansfield and Seton Hill last week. Shippensburg took the No. 1 ranking with 224 points and 19 first-place votes, while ESU was next with 201 points and a pair of first-place selections.

No. 1 Shippensburg will visit No. 2 East Stroudsburg on Saturday, marking the second time this year the teams have faced off when holding the top two spots in the poll. On Sept. 17, top-ranked East Stroudsburg came away with a 1-0 victory in overtime at No. 2 Shippensburg. That remains the only loss this season for Shippensburg, which has won nine straight games to run its record to 14-1.

Saint Anselm made the biggest move in the poll as the Hawks went up three spots to No. 3 after defeating a pair of top-10 opponents, Stonehill and American International, by identical 3-1 scores last week. Millersville and Stonehill fell one spot each to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, while the rest of the poll included No. 6 Bloomsburg, No. 7 LIU Post, No. 8 Adelphi, No. 9 Kutztown and No. 10 West Chester. View the full Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll for Oct. 18.

In addition to the Shippensburg-East Stroudsburg matchup, the other ranked action this week involves Millersville as the No. 4-ranked Marauders host No. 6 Bloomsburg on Tuesday and visit No. 9 Kutztown on Friday.

The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, October 25. 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 18

Connecticut Holds No. 1 Spot in Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll - Oct. 18

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Connecticut maintained the top spot in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, but there was some shuffling in the rest of the top five behind the Huskies.

UConn cruised to home wins over Liberty and Yale last week to improve to 15-0 for the season, and accumulated 892 points and 32 first-place votes to take the No. 1 spot in the ranking. The Huskies hold the No. 1 ranking for the fourth straight week.

Moving up two places to No. 2 in the poll was Duke, which won a pair of top-20 matchups on the road last week with victories at Wake Forest and Old Dominion. The Blue Devils passed a pair of their ACC rivals, as No. 3 Syracuse and No. 4 North Carolina each slid one spot in the rankings following 1-0 road losses to Virginia and Louisville, respectively, last week. Maryland switched spots with Penn State after defeating the Nittany Lions 5-4 on Sunday to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. The Terrapins are up one place to No. 5, while the Nittany Lions drop to No. 6. There are two big matchups on this week’s slate that feature top-five squads facing off. No. 2 Duke hosts No. 4 North Carolina in an ACC showdown on Saturday, while on Sunday top-ranked Connecticut pays a visit to No. 5 Maryland.

In the rest of the top 10, No. 7 Louisville and No. 8 Delaware held their spots while No. 9 Virginia and No. 10 Northwestern swapped positions from last week. No. 11 Princeton and No. 12 Michigan remained in the same place as last week, with No. 13 Boston University and No. 14 Boston College switching positions after the Terriers beat the Eagles on Sunday. The rest of the ranked squads included No. 15 Iowa, No. 16 Wake Forest, No. 17 James Madison, No. 18 Stanford, No. 19 American and No. 20 Harvard. James Madison and Harvard entered the rankings this week, with the Crimson cracking the top 20 for the first time this season.

There are a total of nine matchups between ranked opponents on this week’s schedule. In addition to the pair of top-five contests, the top-20 action includes No. 7 Louisville at No. 9 Virginia, No. 12 Michigan at No. 10 Northwestern and No. 16 Wake Forest at No. 14 Boston College on Friday, No. 20 Harvard at No. 11 Princeton on Saturday and No. 3 Syracuse at No. 13 Boston University, No. 7 Louisville at No. 17 James Madison and No. 8 Delaware at No. 19 American on Sunday.

View the full Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll for Oct. 18. The next Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll will be announced on Tuesday, October 18. The poll is voted on by NFHCA member coaches, and has no bearing on selection to the 2016 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.

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.”

View the PDF link to the above story.

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

View the PDF link to the above article.



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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