USA Field Hockey Launches “Home of Hockey” in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

U.S. Women’s National Team to call Nook Sports home mid 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Field Hockey and Spooky Nook Sports today announced a partnership that will make Nook Sports the home of hockey and base of the U.S. Women’s National Team through 2022. Nook Sports, named after their location on Spooky Nook Road in Lancaster, Pa., is the nation’s soon-to-be largest indoor sports complex and will also host national USA Field Hockey sanctioned events beginning in 2014.

USA Field Hockey Logo“We have been searching for a Home of Hockey in the northeast over the last several years and are excited to announce we have found a place the U.S. Women’s National Team will call home in Lancaster County,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director of USA Field Hockey. “Nook Sports is one of the most spectacular athletic facilities in the country. The location is ideal as many of our athletes come from the east coast, especially the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia area. There is no doubt that this is a game changing moment for our sport. The Home of Hockey will provide us with a platform to best prepare our National Teams for success in international competition and serve as a beacon and center of excellence for developing athletes of all ages.” Continue reading →

USA Field Hockey launches You Go Girl program

You Go Girl is a sport development initiative that will expose field hockey to over a 1,000 young women and girls in urban or non-traditional communities

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – USA Field Hockey today announced the addition of its latest sport development program, You Go Girl. You Go Girl is an initiative that will introduce field hockey to young women and girls, ages 10-18, in non-traditional or at-risk communities with the help of NCAA student-athletes. The You Go Girl initiative was awarded with a grant from the United States Olympic Committee’s Diversity and Inclusion program.

“We are excited to assist USA Field Hockey in growing the You Go Girl program to benefit young women from non-traditional and at-risk communities,” said Jason Thompson, director of diversity and inclusion for the USOC. “It is unique programs like You Go Girl that  help build character and enhance diversity, while reinforcing the importance of a healthy lifestyle and higher education.” Continue reading →

Great Britain’s Craig Parnham Named USA Field Hockey’s Women’s National Team Head Coach

Parnham was part of the team that led Great Britain to two Olympic Games and multiple podium finishes on the international stage over the last five years

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Field Hockey announced today Craig Parnham, Assistant Coach at Great Britain Hockey for the past five years, who was part of the team that led Great Britain to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, has been named head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Parnham will relocate to Chula Vista, California with his wife, Emma, in early February.

USA Field Hockey Logo“This is a wonderful opportunity and a new challenge for me,” said Parnham. “I think Team USA has a great deal of potential and I look at this as an opportunity for me to come in and make a big impact. I am excited to get out on the pitch and start working with the players on the team.”

“We were fortunate to attract such strong candidates in our global search for a Women’s National Team coach and are very pleased to announce Craig Parnham has accepted our offer to become head coach and lead the women’s program through to Rio 2016,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director, USA Field Hockey. “Craig is a brilliant choice and our search committee did a marvelous job.” Continue reading →

Two-time Olympian Amy Swensen announces retirement from U.S. National Team

Once recognized as the No. 1 goalkeeper in the world, Swensen, has officially announced her retirement

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Today, two-time Olympic field hockey player, 2006 Samsung World Cup Best Goalkeeper and once recognized as the No. 1 goalkeeper in the world, Amy Swensen (Grantville, Pa), announced her retirement from the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team. Swensen’s career with the National Team began in 2001, competing in a Team USA uniform for over a decade and representing her country in 163 international competitions.  Continue reading →

Walsh and Bodimeade to leave USA Field Hockey at end of year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Today, USA Field Hockey announced that the contracts of Terry Walsh, Technical Director of High Performance and Lee Bodimeade, Women’s National Team Head Coach, will not extend beyond 2012 by mutual agreement.

USA Field Hockey LogoWalsh joined USA Field Hockey in 2005. Over the last eight years, he has shaped considerable change in the development and high performance aspects of the sport in the United States.

“We are very grateful for Terry’s contributions to USA Field Hockey over the last eight years. He has given much to the sport in our country and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director, USA Field Hockey.  Continue reading →

Australia won Gold at Champions Challenge (Women’s Hockey), Defeated USA 6-1 in Final

DUBLIN – Despite scoring first to take an early lead, the U.S. fell to Australia 6-1 in the gold medal match of Champions Challenge 1 in Dublin, Ireland this afternoon. Along with claiming the Champions Challenge 1 title, Australia has earned themselves a place back in the Champions Trophy tournament next year.

USA Field Hockey Logo“I think overall Australia came out and played better than us,” said U.S. veteran Jesse Gey. “Their skill level was higher and we were never able to adapt to the intensity that they brought. It is a disappointing result, but we made our goal of reaching the final and unfortunately just didn’t come away with a win today. Congratulations to Australia for a well played game.” Continue reading →