USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

March 25, 2014, 4:34 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Week of March 24, 2014

Our Sport Development Team consisting of Liz Tchou, a 1996 Olympian, and Simone Attles have been hard at work for the past two years introducing FUNdamental Field Hockey, USA Field Hockey’s grassroots program designed to introduce youngsters from the ages of 6-11. Liz offers the following report showing FUNdamental’s progress to date:

We are incredibly proud of the way the field hockey community has embraced FUNdamental Field Hockey, which is now entering its third cycle. It is the volunteer spirit that is essential to growing the game and we could not do this without the help of our members, clubs and presenting sponsor, Harrow Sports.

Read the full 2013 FUNdamental Field hockey report from Liz here.

Here is an outstanding example of FUNdamental Field Hockey hard at work. Then high school student Katie Meyer moved halfway across the globe and took her love of field hockey to the islands.

Learn how and where she overcame obstacles to grow the game here.

There was an incredible report recently produced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association that really illustrates the quality of student-athletes in the collegiate hockey world. The report dealt with grade point averages throughout the hockey collegiate world in the USA and it is impressive. Take a look at these statistics:

Top 5 Performers Team GPA

1. American University 3.58

2. Central Michigan University 3.54

3. Hofstra University 3.53

4. Missouri State University 3.51

5. Drexel University 3.50 and Virginia Commonwealth University 3.50

Programs with a Team GPA of 3.0 or Higher

University at Albany, Kent State University, Penn State University,

Appalachian State University, La Salle University, University of Pennsylvania,

Ball State University, Lafayette College, Princeton University,

Boston College, Liberty University, Quinnipiac University,

Boston University, Lock Haven University, Radford University,

Brown University, Longwood University, University of Richmond,

Bryant University, University of Louisville, Rider University,

Bucknell University, University of Maine, Robert Morris University,

University of California, University of Maryland, Rutgers University,

Colgate University, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell, Sacred Heart University,

Columbia University, University of Massachusetts, Saint Francis University,

Cornell University, Miami University, Saint Joseph’s University,

Dartmouth College, Michigan State University, Siena College,

Davidson College, Monmouth University, Stanford University,

University of Delaware, University of New Hampshire, Syracuse University,

Duke University, University of North Carolina, Temple University,

Fairfield University, Northeastern University, Towson University,

Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Villanova University,

Harvard University, Ohio State University, University of Virginia,

College of the Holy Cross, Ohio University, Wake Forest University,

Indiana University, Old Dominion University, College of William & Mary,

University of Iowa, University of the Pacific, and Yale University

That is an impressive array of institutional names. Congratulations to each of the institutions named and especially to their student athletes.

After a highly successful but short stint with USA Field Hockey, Kathryn “Kat” Manderino is headed back to her West Coast roots after accepting a position with USA Water Polo. We are all disappointed to lose Kat who has settled into her role as Membership and Events Coordinator and quickly became the go-to person on all things membership. She has been an instrumental addition to the field hockey team which many of you may have noticed during her recent trip to the Nook for the USA vs Canada series where she really made a fantastic impression from setting up the venue to being the face of USA Field Hockey and putting on a very efficient ticketing process that was hugely successful. USA Water Polo will be getting an excellent addition to their team and more importantly a great person. We wish all the best to Kat in her future endeavors!

If you are interested in working for USA Field Hockey as the Membership and Events Coordinator, please see the job description and instructions on how to apply by clicking here

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Last week the first day of Spring came. And just in time, because yesterday was the 400th day of winter.

Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey