USA Field Hockey will be featuring weekly spotlights of U.S. U-21 Women's National Team members selected to represent Team USA at the women's Hockey Junior World Cup 2016 (JWC).
They are the ones who organize and manage all aspects of the team including travel, meals, transportation and meetings. They are the ones you go to to get your lower back looked at or your ankle taped. They watch every game you've ever competed in once, twice or even more than that as they critique your decision making or scout the opposition. Meet the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team's Coaching Staff.
Janneke Schopman | JWC Head Coach
With field hockey being Janneke's job now, she would say civil engineering or building bridges is a hobby of hers. She enjoys and is intrigued by infrastructure and architecture. For example, she went to the Golden Gate Bridge twice and would like to visit Pittsburgh to see all the bridges.
Another hobby of hers would be traveling to see what the world has to offer, not only in infrastructure but also in nature. She also likes to go on runs to relax and just be outside. She likes spending time with her family and especially her nieces and nephews, although now that she lives in the United States she doesn't get to see them nearly enough. She said that they are too cute and always make her smile!
International Playing Experience: 2001-2010 Dutch Women's National Team
Began Coaching: When she was 18 years coaching a U-14 team at HC Rotterdam
Coaching Experience: U-14, U-16 and U-18 age divisions for 15 years, SCHC women for 4 years
International Coaching Experience: U.S. Women's National Team (since April 2014)
Involvement with USA Field Hockey: U.S. Women's National Team Assistant Coach, U.S. U-21 Women's National Team Head Coach
Best Words of Advice: "You always make the right decision, but you have to choose yourself!"
Britt Broady | JWC Assistant Coach
Britt is a wife and mom of two girls - Shea (5 years old) and Paige (1 year old). Her family is my greatest joy and passion in her life. On any given evening, you can find her in her living room dancing away with her daugthers. She enjoys biking around her neighborhood or playing make believe Chopped around the dinner table.
Britt lives in Louisville, Ken. where her husband was raised. Louisville is her favorite city and she is very fortunate to be raising her family there.
She is an avid Red Sox fan, loves chocolate covered pretzels along with her mother's homemade biscotti. She also has a stepdog named Wrigley.
College Team: Dartmouth College
Began Coaching: 2001 at American University with Steve Jennings
Coaching Experience: American University, University of Louisville and Duke University
International Coaching Experience: 2016 Women's Junior Pan American Championship
Involvement with USA Field Hockey: Over the years she has contributed to various roles and enjoyed all her work
Best Words of Advice: "Potential means you ain't good enough... yet." - Julie Dayton, her head coach at Dartmouth
Tamara Durante | JWC Assistant Coach/Video Operator
A native of Lachine, Quebec (Canada), Tamara only discovered field hockey at the age of 15. She was very active when she was in high school, having played eight sports. These ranged from rugby to basketball and everything in between.
Adding to her diverse background, she grew up speaking three languages, Italian, French and English as her third. She is a first generation Canadian from Italian immigrants and has now lived in the United States for 15 years.
In her free time she loves to travel. A goal of hers is to touch down in all seven continents. She has been fortunate to visit six with the only one she is missing being Africa. While she is traveling don’t be surprised if you find her on her inline skates roaming the streets.
College Team: Michigan State University
International Playing Experience: Never played for her country but did play for Canada at the World Ringette Championship in 1994
Began Coaching: At the age of 17 or 18
Coaching Experience: Quebec Provincial Team head Coach, Ohio Univeristy Assistant Coach (2001-2005), Yale University Assistant Coach (2005-2015), Michigan State Assistant Coach (2015-present)
International Coaching Experience: 2008 U-21 Pan American Championship Assistant Coach, 2014 Youth Olympic Pan American Qualifier Head Coach, 2014 Master's World Cup Women's Team Assistant Coach/Manager, 2015 U.S. U-19 Women's National Team Belgium Tour Assistant Coach, 2016 Women's Junior Pan American Championship Assistant Coach/Videographer, 2016 Women's Hockey Junior World Cup Assistant Coach/Videographer
Involvement with USA Field Hockey: Been involved with the Futures Program since 2002 and in various parts of Junior High Performance training squads
Best Words of Advice: "You don't inspire your teammates by showing them how amazing you are. You inspire them by showing them how amazing they are." - Robyn Benincasa
Shannon Taylor | JWC Manager
Shannon finds it hard to think of life outside of field hockey as it is something she had done for most of her life. If she could do college over again, she would change career paths and study to be an ER nurse. She really enjoys the medical field and is intrigued by the injuries she has seen and even the ones she endured herself. While she was training with the U.S. Women's National Team she actually became a certified EMT but never pursued that path.
Her hobbies outside of field hockey and coaching include running, being outside with her dog Chunk and going to the beach. She really enjoyed getting the chance to travel with the U.S. Women's National Team to various countries. Family is important to her and she tries to visit them as much as possible although it's not nearly enough as she wishes.
College Team: Syracuse University
International Playing Experience: 2010-2014 U.S. Women's National Team, London 2012 Olympian, 2011 Pan American Games Gold Medalist, 111 International Caps
Began Coaching: When she was 20 years old in the Futures Program
Coaching Experience: University of Massachusetts (3 years), Junior High Performance, Saint Joseph's University Associate Head Coach (1 year)
International Coaching Experience: U.S. U-17 & U-19 Women's National Team Assistant Coach, U.S. U-21 Women's National Team Manager
Involvement with USA Field Hockey: Member of the U.S. Women's National Team (2010-2014), USA Field Hockey Board of Directors Vice Chair of Board and Athlete Representative, Futures Program Coach, AAU Junior Olympic Games Coach, Junior High Performance Coach
Best Words of Advice: "Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something. Do whatever it takes, you can't fail if you don't give up."
Yuko Kimura-Koenig | JWC Athletic Trainer
Yuko got to know the sport of field hockey when she had the opportunity to work for the former head coach of Old Dominion University, Beth Anders in 2001 as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. This was back when the U.S. Women's National Team was based in Virginia Beach, Va. and she eventually started working for USA Field Hockey at National Events and helped out with the USWNT practices and USMNT Trinidad & Tobago series. USA Field Hockey took her to many countries as she loves traveling and getting to know people from all over the world. Her most recent travel destination this past summer was to Dubai.
Yuko has many hobbies outside of athletic training that she enjoys. She likes to take pictures of beautiful and pretty scenery and, of course, selfies. She enjoys working out in general and likes to practice Zumba, Pilates, yoga and meditation. Eating good food is also something she likes to do along with traveling.
If you know her, you already know that she makes people smile and/or laugh without any effort. It is a passion of hers to brighten other's days by doing something funny like a dance with no rhythm. She does this to help instill the idea of enjoying life without any regret.
Though day-in and day-out she is constantly surrounded by the likes of athletic training, she is cautious and always keeps the thought in her mind to be better than what she used to be and not strive to be better than anyone else.
Of Japanese decent, Yuko's name means gentleness which is very fitting for her personality. Her mother's name is Tomie, father Seichi and brother Terukatsu (Kimura).
College: Missouri State University (Bachelors), Old Dominion University (Masters)
International Athletic Training Experience: 2016: Women's Junior World Cup (Santiago, Chile), U-21 USWNT, Women's Junior Pan American Championship (Trinidad & Tobago); 2015: U-17 & U-19 USWNT Belgium Tour; 2013: Women's Junior World Cup (Mochengladbach, Germany), U-21 USWNT, U-21 USWNT New Zealand/Australia Tour (Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Sydney, Australia), U-17 & U-19 USWNT Holland Tour; 2012: U-21 USWNT England Tour; 2011: U-17 USWNT Holland Tour; 2010: U-19 USWNT Argentina Tour
Involvement with USOC and USA Field Hockey: 2013: Women's National Championship & U-21 USWNT; 2012-present USOC Sports Medicine Program at Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.; 2010-2013 Junior National Camps; 2007-2010 Women's National Championship; 2009-2010 Women's Junior National Championship; Futures Program; National Hockey Festival (7 years); National Indoor Tournament
Began Athletic Training Career: June 2001 at ODU
Athletic Training Experience: 2010-present Treatment/Consultation for Olympians (Track & Field), National Team Players, Professional Athletes (NFL, NBA, MLB) and Division I-III Athletes; 2006-present Head Athletic Trainer/Anatomy/Health and PE Teacher at Landstown High School (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Best Words of Advice: "If you think positively, sound becomes music, movement becomes dance, smile becomes laughter, mind becomes meditation, and life becomes a celebration."
Photo Credit: Janneke Schopman, Britt Broady, Shannon Taylor & Yuko Kimura-Koenig