Executive Director Weekly Report - Week of April 22, 2013

April 23, 2013, 11:53 a.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of April 22, 2013

Okay, I am impressed and hope you are, too. Our Women’s National Team went into New Zealand for a Four Nations Tournament with a roster of many untested athletes and expectations that the entire opportunity was experiential. Well, it was that, but the team also experienced some wonderful success as the tournament progressed. The hard work this team is putting into our Road to Success and eventually to Rio is wonderful for this program. The efforts being made by the athletes on the team, their coaching and support staff is beyond our early expectations. We are quite proud of that effort, and with head coach Craig Parnham’s leadership we will continue to see definite progression. And, to the support staff, thanks to Dr. David Higgins for his continual medical help; and, he is a wonderful strong shoulder to rely upon in many other areas. Thanks to Nate Franks for his videography and video analysis throughout the tournament. Thanks to Katelyn Nerbonne for providing great team management. Thanks to Jess Hoenich, our trainer, for her care of our athletes, and our thanks to assistant coach Paul Caddy for his high level of technical help. This entire team was top-shelf in every way and we certainly appreciate their work ethic and the results their work is providing.

Boston concerns Those of you from the Boston area are an impressive lot in light of the very serious events of this past week. I know a number of the officials at the Boston Athletic Association and in particular the long serving race director David McGillivray. Dave has been in that role since 1988 and at the conclusion of each marathon he goes back to run the marathon course himself…except for this year. He is a kindhearted soul who takes into the consideration the needs of everyone who runs in his events. A number of us from Colorado Springs know Dave and wrote to express our concern. He wrote earlier today saying:

Steve...thanks for reaching out...very much appreciated.  It is overwhelming but keeping busy and staying the course.  We'll get through this...I hope.   Very kind of you to write.  Thanks again.


Dave epitomizes the spirit of Boston and so they well certainly get through this. Good on you, Dave. Good on Boston. 

A successful weekend of hockey on both coasts This past weekend the U-20 and U-14 Ventura County Red Devils took on the NorCal Sharks for a series of boys high performance matches at Stanford University. On the east coast, 24 boys participated in a high performance training camp aiming for selection to the U-20 east coast squad. A special thanks to all that were involved – Rutger Wiese, Chris Pothier, Steve Danielson, Pat Cota, Jote Atwal, Greg Nathan, Ben Maruquin, Mike Whitehead, Sean Harris and Job Ginolfi. The quality instruction and organization of training sessions and matches have given our developmental pipeline a huge boost and we look to continuing to invest in the future of the men’s program with quality coaching and competition for our youth.

Congratulations are in order for the clubs who have advanced to the National Club Championship in July. The clubs are: Focus Field Hockey (Virginia Beach, Va.), Freedom HKY (Annapolis, Md.), North East Elite (Windham, N.H.), Rampage (Centreville, Va.) and The Gaels Field Hockey Club (Severna Park, Md.). There are still nine Regional Club Championships to come including Region 6 U-19 Club Championship this weekend. Good luck to all the clubs competing this weekend and in the coming weekends.

Umpire Suzi Sutton will be inducted into the York County Sports Hall of Fame Suzi was a standout field hockey player back in the day at her high school in Dallastown. She earned a scholarship to play at Northwestern University and not only made her mark on the field hockey pitch but also on the basketball court. She has since picked up a whistle and commenced an umpiring career that was taken her around the world. Suzi recently returned from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she umpired the International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2 tournament. Congrats to Suzi on a well-deserved honor.

Conan: “Chicago has approved a $500 million renovation to the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field. The upgrade will include a new video screen, enhanced lighting, and an entirely different baseball team. Two rides at Disneyland have been temporarily shut down due to safety concerns. The most dangerous of these is probably “Mr. Toad's Wild Ride While Texting.”

Have a great week! 

Steve Locke