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First-Ever Women in Coaching Workshop Announced as Part of National Coaches Forum

Nov. 01, 2019, 4 p.m. (ET)

LANCASTER, Pa. – November 1, 2019 – USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce the first-ever Women in Coaching Workshop will be held at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. on Sunday, December 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET, as part of the 2019 National Coaches Forum. The workshop will be led by keynote presenter Sarah Kelleher and supported by USA Field Hockey’s Director of Coach Education and Learning, Craig Parnham, and Senior Manager of Coach Education, Liz Tchou. Additionally, a question and answer discussion will include a panel of prominent coaches to discuss various issues that women coaches face on a daily basis.

This workshop is available free of charge to all women coaches that are attending the National Coaches Forum. The cost is $45 for USA Field Hockey Members that are not registered for the National Coaches Forum and $65 for non-USA Field Hockey Members. Those who are only registered for the National Goalkeeping Coaches Forum are not eligible for the free access and will need to pay either the member or non-/member price to attend.

Spots are limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For questions about the National Coaches Forum or the Women in Coaching Workshop, please contact


Supporting the development of female leaders to succeed and flourish whether that is in business, sport or life in general is a core passion area for Kelleher. As a coach developer and mentor, she supports female coaches in their journey to be their best self. With this, Kelleher recognizes the importance of role models in positively influencing opportunities for female leaders to succeed.

Kelleher is in her second year as co-coach of Hampstead and Westminster’s Premier League first-team alongside Olympian Kate Richardson-Walsh. Kelleher is an advocate for having a more flexible approach to how coaching roles are structured, recognizing it is a key area that can make a difference to growing opportunities as a female coach. Kelleher is also currently working with Sport England as a strategic consultant and facilitator in helping to shape their female coaching strategy in tackling under representation of females in coaching. In the workshop, she will explore women in coaching research and insights while also exploring the lived experiences of what it feels like to be a woman in coaching.

The workshop will also be a practical session in understanding personal strengths, how coaches can grow resilience and use strategies to overcome barriers to ultimately develop the confidence to truly excel as coaches.

Register today for the National Coaches Forum! For more information, visit the event page by clicking here.