Become An Umpire
Regional Umpire Coordinators (RUC) are sprinkled throughout the country to assist field hockey enthusiasts begin their the exciting journey of officiating. In guiding all levels of umpires to success on the pitch, RUCs hold clinics, supply learning tools and answer queries to grow umpiring in their region. Connect with your RUC to start umpiring today!
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Barbara stepped on a field hockey pitch for the first time in high school during the early 70’s and went on to play collegiality at Valparaiso University. Thanks to the encouragement from her high school coach and mentorship by a good friend, Barbara has now been an official for over 30 years. She achieved a Level II Umpire Rating in 1998 and has officiated events ranging from high school games to the Junior Olympics. She continues to give back to the sport as the varsity field hockey coach for Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, Mo. and the Ratings Administer for USA Field Hockey.
Jeanne Petra O'Brien
Although Jeanne is obviously an ardent teacher, with accolades such as the National Teacher of the Year award to her name, her true passion in life is umpiring. She is a Level III Field Hockey Umpire and has umpired NCAA Division II and III Championships, National Futures Championships, National Club Championships, the National Field Hockey Festival and Junior Olympics. Jeanne has shown her dedication to growing the umpire community by instructing numerous USA Field Hockey Umpire Clinics and Camps. She also has a Master’s in Physical Education.
Barbara attended Ithaca College and was a CFHCA First Team All-American field hockey player for the Lady Bombers. Her love for the game is apparent as she is currently a Level III Field Hockey Umpire and a Level II Futures Coach. She has officiated the New York State High School Tournament and NCAA Division II and III Championship Finals. She is a USA Field Hockey Evaluator. She currently plays in an Adult Field Hockey League in Buffalo and is a Physical Education Teacher in the Buffalo Public School System.
Whether it is playing, coaching or umpiring, Frances has been involved in every facet of field hockey for the last 45 years. She was a goal keeper at Cocalico High School in Denver, Pa., continued playing at Kutztown University, a Division III school in Pennsylvania, and even competed internationally with various club teams. She has been a national umpire since 1990 and has umpired many high school, collegiate and international games. In 2007, Frances became a Certified Umpire Coach Trainer and enjoys “training and working with umpires to help them become the best field hockey umpires they can be.” In her spare time, Frances enjoys road and trail cycling, travelling, photography, art work, and caring for five cat babies.
Nora is a proud product of the A-C Camps and Super Camp umpire development programs. In 2008, she was named “New Jersey Official of the Year” for field hockey by the National Federation of Officials. She’s thankful for the variety of dedicated clinicians and wonderful partners that she worked with and learned from throughout the years. In the upcoming years, she intends to spend more time off of the field as an umpire coach and umpire manger. As a long-time, committed science education, she is currently transitioning to a new career.
Dave is currently the President and CEO of Phase 3 Consulting LLC, and Vice-President (and founding President) of CIMNE-USA, a non-profit established in 2009 which is focused on computer modeling and simulation to solve complex engineering problems. In his seemingly rare free time, he is very passionate about umpiring. Dave began umpiring indoor and outdoor field hockey in 2000 and has officiated everything from middle school to men’s club to Division I collegiate games. He attended Penn State University where he received a degree in Ceramic Science, MIT where he received a Ph.D. and S.M. in Ceramics, and Heriot-Watt University where received his MBA.
Linda was first introduced to field hockey and lacrosse at Mary Washington College while she was pursuing a degree in Business Administration. She went on to earn her MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Human Resources from Pamplin School of Business, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She first dabbled with umpiring lacrosse before she gave field hockey a try, and today, she is going into her seventh year of field hockey umpiring. She has over 26 years of experience within the Department of Defense, has worked within the Marine Corps’ Management Review and Analysis Branch, and has founded her own defense contracting business. In her spare time, Linda enjoys watching her two nieces play field hockey and travelling to the Pacific Northwest on vacation with her husband.
Paula hails from South Africa, where field hockey was more than just a sport; it was a way of life. She grew up watching her mother play until she was able to compete alongside her on the pitch. Since moving to the US, she has accomplished the trifecta of playing, coaching, and umpiring field hockey. She currently holds a Level III Umpire Rating and regularly participates in USA Field Hockey tournaments and events.
Larry began his field hockey career in 1995 as a player and began umpiring two years later. He has held a USA Field Hockey Level II Outdoor Rating since 2008 and has umpired many NCAA Division I games for MAC and Atlantic 10 conferences. He looks to grow his indoor umpiring abilities and to achieve a Level I Indoor Rating. He has officiated many tournaments including California Cup, National Hockey Festival, Rocky Mountain state Games, Vancouver International Tournament, and Colorado Indoor Tournament. He has helped to grow the game by conducting umpire-training clinics in Chicago and Dallas-Ft. Worth as well as Umpire Academies in Oklahoma and Texas. He continues to play and coach when he is not umpiring.
Louise has lived, played, coached and umpired field hockey in both the Northeast and in California. In addition to her studies, she played varsity field hockey, basketball, and softball in high school (Clifton, NJ) and college (MIT). Louise can still be found in the record books for playing and coaching field hockey at MIT. She has been a Level II umpire since 1993. In her professional capacity, Louise is employed as a mechanical engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Cali. She has worked there since 1989 after receiving her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the MIT. Louise is the Chief Engineer for the Sampling System of the Curiosity Rover on Mars.