U.S. Head Coach Chris Clements announces Men's National Squad
U.S. Head Coach Chris Clements announces Men’s National Squad
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 28, 2014 – Over the course of a lifetime players are always striving in the hopes of competing for something greater than themselves - the U.S. Men’s National Squad. The dream to represent Team USA is one that for many, began years ago while admiring their heroes from afar. The opportunity to achieve that dream and become heroes to the next generation of hockey athletes is one that is not taken lightly.
Years of intense hockey training, weight room work outs and pushing beyond perceived limits culminates when you read your name on the selected list and then have the chance to sing the national anthem. For a select group of elite male players, the dream to wear the red, white and blue has become a reality.
For the newly selected athletes, this is the beginning of an exciting chapter in their lives. Things will not get easier, only harder. USA Field Hockey and U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Chris Clements are excited to give more new players the earned opportunity to represent the red, white and blue. The Senior Team will now begin preparing for their first competition as a squad in an upcoming series at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. July 19-26 against Chile, which will be shortly followed by a series against Mexico in early August and a late-August series against Argentina. The competitions are vital in the preparation of World League Round 2 and 2015 Pan American Games, which is only a little more than 12 months away.
“We have selected a very youthful, competitive and dedicated group,” said Clements. “The transition of the squad over the past two and a half years has seen a marked change in personnel. The growth of players via training in the centralized training program has provided an accelerated level of performance, directly increasing the quality of hockey players we are producing.”
The time on the field complimented with the support of the USOC resources and staff, employment opportunities and academic monitoring has enabled a sustainable long term program to be put in place, where the program can begin to gain ground on international rivals. The process takes time to develop and Clements and his team will be patient with growth and pragmatic with their approach, while setting high expectations for long term success.
Clements has named the following three groups of players: Players who have established themselves on the Men’s National Team Senior Squad, players who will compete for the final seven places on the Men’s National Team roster and players who are on the development squad.
Recognition of Service
Nearly 300 caps and countless hours of training are stepping away from the U.S. Men’s National Program.
“These players have given an unquestionable amount of time and effort combining for almost 300 international matches, most being played together,” said Clements. “We wish them all the best with their careers outside of hockey.”
Thank you to the following outstanding male athletes:
#1 Jon Ginolfi - 103 caps
#9 Ian Scally - 106 caps
#17 Sean Harris - 78 caps
An upcoming article will be recognizing the hard work and dedication of these athletes in the next week.
2014-15 U.S. Men’s National Squad
U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Chris Clements is proud to announce the 2014-15 U.S. Men’s Senior Squads.
The following athletes have been selected to the 2014-15 U.S. Men’s Senior Squad:
Kevin Barber (Camarillo, Cali.), Michael Barminski (Ventura, Cali.), Sean Cicchi (Thousand Oaks, Cali.), Alex Cunningham (Bad Kreuznach, Ger.), Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura Hills, Cali.), Mohan Gandhi (Ventura, Cali.), Alex Grassi (Brookeville, Md.), Pat Harris (Moorpark, Cali.), Aki Kaepellar (Stuttgart, Ger.), Christian Linney (San Diego, Cali.), Tom McCarthy (East Windsor, Conn.), Manny Martinez (Lakeside, Cali.), Johnny Orozco (Ventura, Cali.), Chris Rea (San Diego, Cali.), Ranjot Sangha (Sacramento, Cali.), Ajaypal Singh (Hayward, Cali.), Paul Singh (Simi Valley, Cali.), Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, Cali.)
The following athletes have a pending selection to the 2014-15 U.S. Men’s Senior Squad:
Tom Barratt (Greensboro, N.C.), Jed Cunningham (Moorpark, Cali.), William Holt (Camarillo, Cali.), Brandon Karess (Allentown, Pa.), Ranveer Kundi (Glendora, Cali.), Steven Mann (Hollidaysburg, Pa.), Adam Miller, Spencer Reed (Ventura, Cali.), Moritz Runzi (Boston, Mass.), Liam Walsh (Sedro Woolley, Wash.), Andy Zayac (Hayward, Cali.)
The following athletes have been selected to the 2014-15 U.S. Men’s Development Squad:
Austin Groeneveld (Jenkintown, Pa.), JaJa Kentwell (Spring City, Pa.) , Amandip Sandhu (Sacramento, Cali.), Amarpreet Sidhu (San Jose, Cali.)