2019 USA Field Hockey National Club of the Year Award Winner: WC Eagles

March 11, 2019, 12:20 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - March 11, 2018 - Each week, a USA Field Hockey Foundation Annual Award Winner will be highlighted on the website, prior to the ceremony for each winner at the 2019 USA Field Hockey Summit, presented by AstroTurf, on Saturday, March 16 at Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore.

The USA Field Hockey Foundation is proud to announce that WC Eagles was selected as the People’s Choice 2019 USA Field Hockey National Club of the Year Award recipient.

The founders and owners of WC Eagles are Jun and Richard Kentwell, who bring a wealth of field hockey knowledge through their involvement with the sport throughout the world. 

After coaching at a hockey camp in 2005, four young players asked Jun if she would give them private lessons. Little did she know that five years later she would have a club with more than 250 players, ages 8 to 18, and that those four girls would be at Duke University, Northwestern University, the University of Iowa and Ohio University on scholarships.

By September 2005, WC Eagles was formed with the mission, “To prepare the girls for college and international hockey through total player development, whereby the players learn the modern skills and tactics of the game under pressure of time and space in a competitive environment.”

Today WC Eagles has more than 400 members, ages 6-18.

WC Eagles has quickly established itself as a premier club in the United States, winning an unrivaled 21 National Club Championship titles since 2009 and in the last three years the club has won 65 pool championships at the National Indoor Tournament. In the summer of 2012, 2016 and 2017, at the invitation of the Chinese Hockey Association, the club participated in the China U-18 National Championships, winning the silver medal in each event.

In 2014, the WC Eagles U-18 squad toured New Zealand, winning every game against the top regional teams in the country. In the Summer of 2018, they won the U-14 Repton Cup in England.

WC Eagles athletes have also earned field hockey scholarships to many of the top ranked college hockey programs and elite academic institutions in the country, including North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Stanford, Princeton, Michigan, American, Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Northwestern, Iowa, Connecticut, Delaware, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse, Boston University, Michigan State, Lafayette, James Madison, Villanova, University of Pennsylvania, William and Mary, Georgetown, Richmond, Columbia and Ohio State.

In the past three years, a total of 132 players have gone on to play college field hockey. WC Eagles players have won NCAA Division I National Championship in each of the last 10 years. Eight WC Eagles were on the 2018 North Carolina Division I NCAA Championship Team.

Currently, three former WC Eagles are on the U.S. Women’s National Team, including 18-year-old Erin Matson, who has already earned 50 international caps as a member of the team. There are also six WC Eagles athletes on the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team, nine on the U.S. U-19 squad and eight players on the U.S. U-17 team.

Additionally, two boys were on the roster for the U.S. U-21 Men’s National Team at the 2015 Pan American Junior Championships and one athletes, JaJa Kentwell, is currently a member of the U.S. Men's National Team. WC Eagles also has representation on men's junior teams with one on the England U-18 team and two on the U-18 USMNT.

In January 2016, six WC Eagles played for the U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team, which won the silver medal at the Rohrmax Cup in Austria. Eight athletes were on the 2017 Indoor Pan American Cup team, that claimed gold, and went on to play for USA at the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup in Berlin, Germany.

Join the USA Field Hockey Foundation to celebrate and honor all the 2019 Annual Award winners on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Tickets to the USA Field Hockey Summit can be purchased by clicking here.