Tjerk Van Herwaarden appointed interim coach of Womens National Team

Jan. 16, 2013, 11:23 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Field Hockey has appointed Tjerk van Herwaarden interim coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. van Herwaarden will work on a provisional basis during the transitional period of Craig Parnham, Women’s National Team Head Coach, relocating to the United States. 

van Herwaarden became the Head Coach at Harvard University in 2012 after seven seasons of working with the University of Maryland’s coaching staff. During his tenure in College Park, the Terrapins won five NCAA Championship titles in 2005, ’06, ’08, ’10 and 2011. 

van Herwaarden previously served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team, traveling to the 2007 Pan American games and the Olympic qualifying tournament in Auckland, New Zealand in 2008. He was also part of the coaching staff that led the U.S. Men's Team to the silver medal at the 2009 Pan American Cup in Santiago, Chile, the highest finish ever for the U.S. men. 

Last week, Craig Parnham was named Head Coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Parham is anticipated to be United States in early Febraury, following immigration clearances. Parnham was the Assistant Coach at Great Britain Hockey for the past five years and was part of the team that lead Great Britain to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Parnham will relocate to the U.S. with his wife Emma in early February.

The U.S Women’s National Team will begin training on January 28 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, as they prepare to compete in the International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 4-10.