USA Field Hockey welcomes new members to Board of Directors

Jan. 07, 2013, 10:35 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce and welcome five new members to the Board of Directors that will serve through 2016. The new board includes founder of Mystx Field Hockey Club, Tina Reinprecht; 2008 Olympian Carrie Lingo; former U.S. Men’s National Team captain Shawn Hindy; former Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Pepsi-Cola North America, Kathryn Carson; and Assistant Director of Championships at the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Mary Berdo.

“We have compiled a dynamic group of professional leaders to serve on the Board for the next term through 2016,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director, USA Field Hockey. “We are looking forward to working with all of them as we continue our momentum in growing the sport and achieving international success.”

Coach Director, Reinprecht, was the Head Co-Coach at Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown, Pennsylvania for seven years. She founded Mystx Field Hockey Club in 1999 and has coached numerous teams to National Pool Championships. Reinprecht is the mother of 2012 Olympians and 2012 NCAA Division I National Champions, Katie and Julia Reinprecht.

“I want an Olympic medal for Team USA and I firmly believe that in order to achieve that lofty goal, USA Field Hockey must have a healthy, robust, head to toe organization with impeccable integrity and honesty that understands the participation pyramid needs foundational strength and stability to support the Olympic podium dream. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and begin paving that road, inch by inch,” said Reinprecht.

The athlete members named are two former world class athletes Carrie Lingo and Shawn Hindy. Lingo, a 2008 Olympian and former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team who competed in 190 international competitions before hanging up her Team USA uniform, will serve as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Athlete Advisory Council (AAC) Representative.

“It is an honor to represent the players for our great sport of field hockey,” said Lingo. “I will do my best to ensure that field hockey continues to be an elite sport in this country.

Shawn Hindy, a former U.S. Men's National Field Hockey Team member from 1995-2007 who competed in over 60 international matches for the U.S. and captained the team from 2001-2004, was named the USOC AAC Alternate. Hindy served as the head coach at Lehighton Area High School in Lehighton, PA, was the Head Coach of the U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team from 2007-2010 and is currently the Assistant Coach at Michigan State University.

"I am excited to join the USA Field Hockey Board and help my favorite sport improve domestically, internationally, and as an organization,” said Hindy. “Field Hockey has given me so much already and I would like to give all of our members some of the opportunities that I have been lucky enough to enjoy."

Carson fills the Independent Director seat as a highly accomplished lawyer and business leader with extensive experience in marketing, sports and entertainment and leading strategic initiatives. She recently retired from PepsiCo as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Pepsi-Cola North America. Carson is an avid recreational athlete and has two children who played a variety of sports growing up, including field hockey.

“I am thrilled to accept appointment to the Board of Directors for USA Field Hockey and look forward to contributing my business and governance experience to this dynamic organization,” said Carson. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve USA Field Hockey members, athletes and affiliates as we work together to promote field hockey in the U.S. and support our athletes in achieving competitive excellence globally.”

Berdo, elected ASO representative, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa in 2011 and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2004 with a Master’s degree in Sport Administration. Berdo is currently the Assistant Director of Championships at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

“I am honored to accept the ASO position on the Board of Directors for USA Field Hockey, and I look forward to working with the group to promote and strengthen US field hockey. My experience of working closely with field hockey coaches, student-athletes, umpires and administrators at the collegiate level will certainly assist me in this role on the board,” said Berdo.

In addition to the five newly elected Board members, Rene Zelkin and Kate Kinnear have been re-elected to the Board of Director's as Official's Director and Athlete Advisory Council Representative, respectively. 

The first Board meeting of 2013 will take place in Colorado Springs, CO, January 19-20. The new Chair will be elected at this meeting. View the agenda for the BOD meeting, January 19-20, 2013.