National Coaches Forum


Dec. 08 - 10, 2021

USA Field Hockey's is excited to offer coaches and field hockey enthusiasts the opportunity to virtually meet, listen and engage with some of the world's top field hockey experts from the comfort of their home or office! The National Coaches Forum is designed to educate and inspire coaches of ALL levels! 

The 2021 National Coaches Forum will take place virtually on Wednesday, December 8 through Friday, December 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. If you are unable to make all the sessions live, don't worry! Registrants will have access to view the recordings. 

USA Field Hockey is excited to once again highlight U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Anthony Farry and U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach Harry Singh. Farry and Singh will provide updates on their learnings to date and glimpses into their philosophy and plans for 2022. 

Chris Fry will look at how best to use data to enhance goalkeeper performance and how it guides and influences player development, share insights on individual and team performance analysis. Fry has worked for the USWNT since 2017, providing video analysis for games and tournaments around the world including the FIH Hockey World League Semifinals in South Africa, FIH Hockey World League Final in New Zealand, 2018 World Cup in England and 2019 FIH Hockey Pro League. He is currently on the University of North Carolina Staff as the team's performance analyst.

Mimi Smith will be back to discuss important and current issues around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Smith was a member of the USWNT from 1999 to 2004 and competed in the 1998 World Cup and 1999 Pan American Games. Smith is serving on both USA Field Hockey's and the NFHCA's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committees to help lead efforts to make field hockey in the United States more accessible to all. 

USA Field Hockey is excited to welcome an Olympic coaching legend from a different sport to share coaching insights and learning. Adam Krikorian, three-time (2012, 2016 and 2020) Olympic gold medal-winning coach of the Women's USA Water Polo team will share his experiences and discuss how his teams have been able to maintain gold medal success. 

USA Field Hockey is delighted to announce our world class international guest speaker line-up: 

Alyson Annan, arguably one of the most decorated athletes in the world, and current head coach of the Netherlands Women, is the featured international presenter. Annan and her team captured gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, claimed back-to-back EuroHockey Nations Championships in 2017 and 2019 and won the 2017 FIH Hockey World League, 2018 Champions Trophy and 2019 FIH Hockey Pro League. Having played and coached at the highest level, Annan will share her unique insights on the game and will reflect on how she continues to inspire her teams to set the standard at the elite level of the game.

Not just one Tokyo Olympic Gold Medal hockey coach will be presenting but USA Field Hockey thought attendees should hear from both! We are honored to have ShaneMcLeod join us at this year's Forum. McLeod coached the New Zealand Men's National Team during the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games and led the Belgium men to silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games before reaching the pinnacle of winning the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. McLeod was named Belgium's Coach of the Year in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He will share his thoughts on lessons learned throughout his stellar career. 

Back by popular demand, Steve Bayer, the gold medal winning Belgium men's team goalkeeper coach. Bayer's Belgium men's team captured gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in large part due to the outstanding performances of their goalkeepers. Bayer joins to discuss some of the key elements to consider when working with goalkeepers. 

2021 National Coaches Forum Schedule (all times in ET):

  • Session 1:Wednesday, December 8 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Session 2:Thursday, December 9 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Session 3:Friday, December 10 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.



  • USA Field Hockey Members: $30 per day | $80 for full package of all three sessions
  • Non-USA Field Hockey Members: $35 per day | $95 for full package of all three sessions 


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