USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

May 13, 2014, 4:26 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Week of May 12, 2014

The chance of a lifetime. Unfortunately for all of us in the USA Field Hockey family, Curt Hamakawa, chair of our Judicial Committee, resigned last week. Curt is a professor of sports management at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. He was recently promoted into a Dean position. This is huge for Curt and also will become a major time consumer, therefore, his resignation from his volunteer responsibility. Curt is not a hockey athlete, but agreed to take on the judicial opportunity years ago as he is truly a sportsperson. He is an attorney and, was earlier in his career, counsel for the United States Olympic Committee. That is where I met him. We swam together regularly at the local Y (I shouldn’t say together as Curt continually trounced me as he glided by regularly). He is from Hawaii where he honed his swimming skills. Curt will be missed!!

With Curt’s departure, we now have an opening on the Judicial Committee. If you are a member and have an interest in participating in the adjudication of judicial matters this is a great opportunity for you to help administer the sport. If you have an interest, please contact the chair of our Nominating Committee Alva Serrette at

Head U.S. Women’s National Indoor Squad Coach, Denise Zelenak, is stepping down after three years in the position. Zelenak has been leading the squad since October 2011.

As a coach, Zelenak guided the indoor team to greatness at the 2013 RohrMax Cup in Perchtoldsdorf, Austria, where the squad took home its first ever gold medal at an international competition. In 2014, Zelenak led the squad to a bronze at the Pan American Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Prior to coaching indoor, Zelenak coached the USA Field Hockey Women’s Junior NJ High Performance team and the USA Field Hockey Men’s Junior East Coach High Performance team. Zelenak has also been Head Coach at Drexel University for 19 years, where she has been instrumental in strengthening the program and its student-athletes.

As a player, Zelenak competed for the USA Women's National Indoor Team from 2004-2010. Zelenak, a team captain from 2004-2009, was a member of the U.S. teams that played against Argentina, Chile, England, Scotland, Austria, Slovakia, Canada and Denmark. Zelenak captured two silver medals at the 2005 Pan Am Cup in Canada and at the 2009 Pan Am Cup in Argentina.

Thank you Denise, for all that you have done for USA Field Hockey and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

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Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey