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Tuesday, July 19
NFHCA Hires Matt Dougherty As Director of Communications

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is proud to announce the hiring of Matt Dougherty as the organization’s new Director of Communications.  Mr. Dougherty will officially join the NFHCA on August 1st.

In his role as the Director of Communications, Dougherty will handle the association’s press releases, social media outlets and website maintenance while also coordinating the Collegiate National Coaches Polls, the NFHCA Newsletter and other NFHCA publications. He will work with external outlets to promote the NFHCA and the sport of field hockey.

“I am excited to welcome Matt to the NFHCA and to introduce him to our membership,” stated Jennifer Goodrich, NFHCA Executive Director.  “I am confident that Matt is going to add great value to the association and I look forward to working with him.”

“I’m thankful to Jennifer Goodrich and the NFHCA Executive Board for the opportunity to serve as the organization’s Director of Communications,” Dougherty said. “I’m excited to expand the organization’s communications initiatives as well as interact with coaches and administrators from around the country to build the NFHCA brand on a national level.”

Prior to working at the NFHCA, Dougherty served as the Assistant Executive Director for Communications at the Patriot League from June 2007 - July 2016. There he served as the conference’s primary contact for field hockey as well as football, men’s basketball and various other Olympic sports. He coordinated the Patriot League’s communications effort through press releases, social media and website content while also contributing to championship administration and coaches’ meetings. Dougherty had oversight for multiple full-time employees as well as student interns during his nine years with the Patriot League office.

Dougherty came to the Patriot League after a three-year stint at The Sports Network, where he served as the Executive Director of I-AA/FCS Football. In his role at The Sports Network, Dougherty was solely responsible for the content and direction of FCS coverage. He wrote weekly articles and press releases and coordinated media and sports information voting for the national top-25 poll, major awards and All-America teams while also selecting players of the week. Dougherty managed the FCS national award show, served as a guest analyst on television and radio interviews, and attended football games and conference media days across the country.

Dougherty worked at Dartmouth College as a sports information intern during the 2003-04 academic year and was the primary contact for four sports, including field hockey. During his time with the Big Green, Dougherty worked on press releases, game notes and media guides, wrote feature stories for monthly publications, and updated the athletics website.

The 2003 Saint Bonaventure graduate worked as a sports information intern in the Bonnies' athletic department during the 2002-03 school year and earned his degree in journalism/mass communication. The Rochester, N.Y. native also completed internships with the Rochester Rhinos and Rattlers, Messenger Post Newspapers and CBS Radio and served as the sports editor of the SBU campus newspaper, The BonaVenture. Dougherty resides in Rochester with his two children, Nicolas and Mia.

Monday, July 18
FieldTurf Partners With The NFHCA

The game is changing. FieldTurf, the world leader in artificial turf, has been innovating in the development of field hockey applications. The result: hundreds of installations in the NCAA, European Hockey League (EHL), World Series Hockey (WSL) and countless other high profile leagues around the globe. This sponsorship with the NFHCA is a testament to the sport’s appreciation of FieldTurf’s high performance product offering.

“We’re very excited about our partnership with FieldTurf,” said NFHCA Executive Director Jennifer Goodrich. “FieldTurf’s unique and innovative products greatly contribute to the development of field hockey in the United States.  We look forward to assisting FieldTurf in their efforts to expand their field hockey presence at the college, high school and club levels.”

FieldTurf is a FIH Preferred Supplier, which attests to the high quality of its field hockey surfaces. The FIH Quality Program ensures steady industry standards for the performance, manufacturing and sustainability of hockey field installations, guaranteeing the most suitable quality for the intended playing performance.

“Partnering with the NFHCA is further validation of the progress that we’ve made in field hockey,” said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “We pride ourselves on delivering innovative and high quality surfaces and we’re proud to contribute to the development of the great sport of field hockey.”

FieldTurf offers a wide range of hockey products geared to every level of competition. Renowned for its versatility, consistency and high performance, FieldTurf’s Hockey Series products have been selected by some of the most prominent field hockey installations worldwide. FieldTurf Hockey Gold was the surface of choice at the 2015 World League Hockey Competition, held at Raipur International Hockey Stadium in India.


Friday, July 15
NFHCA Preseason Workshop Register Today!


Saturday, August 13th * 8 am – 1 pm

Bordentown Regional High School

(Bordentown, NJ)



Preseason Workshop topics will include:


3D Skills & Drills

Presented by Robert Wouters, Assistant Coach, East Stroudsburg University


Advanced Receiving Skills & Drills

Presented by Michelle Andre, Head Coach, Rowan University 


3 v 2 Defensive Concepts and Strategies

Presented by Victor Brady, Head Coach, Bryn Mawr College 


How to Use the Long Hit Rule to Your Advantage

Presented by Coach Andre, Coach Brady and Coach Wouters 


Ask The Clinicians – Q & A



Registration Fees:

• NFHCA Members -$50

• Nonmembers -$100






Questions regarding the NFHCA Preseason Workshop should be directed to the NFHCA Office at





It's time to renew your NFHCA Membership for 2016-17! 

All 2015-16 NFHCA Memberships will expire on June 30th.  Memberships must be renewed/established by September 30th to be eligible to participate in all NFHCA Award Programs. 

Click on a link posted below to access the NFHCA's online registration system and to pay your 2016-17 NFHCA Membership Dues with a credit card.  The NFHCA accepts Visa and Mastercard.

2016-17 Online Collegiate Membership Application

2016-17 Online High School Membership Application (Varsity Head Coach + 1 Assistant Coach) 

2016-17 Online High School Membership Application (Assistant Coach Only)

2016-17 Online Club Coach Membership Application

2016-17 Online Affiliate Membership Application (Junior High School Coach, Administrator, Friend of the Game, Lifetime Member, Umpire Member)


Prefer to pay with a check?  Download the appropriate form below and mail it, along with your check made payable to NFHCA, to the NFHCA Office.

2016-17 Collegiate Membership Application (pdf)

2016-17 High School Membership Application (Varsity Head Coach + 1 Assistant Coach) (pdf)

2016-17 High School Assistant Coach Only Membership Application (pdf)

2016-17 Club Coach Membership Application (pdf)

2016-17 Affiliate Membership Application (Junior High School Coach, Administrator, Friend of the Game, Lifetime Member, Umpire Member) (pdf)


Are you a High School Coach looking for more information about the NFHCA and the benefits of membership?

Click on the link below to view a copy of this year's New Member Drive Brochure.

2016-17 High School New Member Drive Brochure


Please direct all membership questions to the NFHCA Office at


Spring Fling



College Coach Attendance List 

Click on the link posted below to view the final list of colleges / universities that attended NFHCA Top Recruit Spring Fling.  We are proud to report that 116 institutions sent one or more representatives to the event and that 148 institutions logged into Coach Packet during the event. 

Spring Fling College Attendance List (Updated 5/18/16)



NFHCA Recruiting Seminar 

Interested in viewing a copy of Heather Lewis' presentation from the NFHCA Recruiting Seminar?  Click on the link below to find a copy of her presentation slides.  These slides will be posted to the NFHCA website until June 15th.

2016 Spring Fling Recruiting Seminar Presentation (Posted 5/18/16)  





Winter Escape

The NFHCA and Corrigan Sports would like to thank all of the club teams, parents, college coaches and volunteers who helped to make the inaugural NFHCA Top Recruit Winter Escape event an overwhelming success.  You can view a recap of the event by visiting

A final listing of the colleges / universities that were in attendance will be posted to this website as well as to the NFHCA Top Recruit site on Monday, January 25th.

Click on the link posted below to view the list of the 213 colleges / universities that were in attendance at Winter Escape:

Winter Escape College Attendance List (posted 1/26/16)


2017 NFHCA Top Recruit Winter Escape will be held January 6-8, 2017 in Naples, Florida.  Stay tuned for details!

2015-16 NFHCA Guide to Recruiting Is Now Available!

The 2015-16 edition of the NFHCA Guide to Recruiting & Collegiate Coaches Directory is now available for purchase from the NFHCA Office.  The cost of the guide is $15.

This year's guide features the following topics:

  • Top 10 Dos & Don'ts of the College Field Hockey Recruiting Process
  • Timeline for the Prospective Student-Athlete
  • Information about the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Summary of NCAA Recruiting Rules
  • Questions to Ask the College Coach During Your Visit
  • Collegiate Coaches Directory - listing contact information for all Division I, Division II and Division III NFHCA Member Head Field Hockey Coaches
.....And much, much more!
You can purchase your copy of the 2015-16 NFHCA Guide to Recruiting & Collegiate Coaches Directory today by mailing your check made payable to NFHCA to:
3352 E Virgil Drive 
Gilbert AZ 85298
Please include your mailing address along with your payment.  Guides will be shipped once your payment has been processed.
Questions regarding the 2015-16 NFHCA Guide to Recruiting & Collegiate Coaches Directory should be directed to the NFHCA Office at



The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a non-profit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.

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