On Wednesdays throughout 2021, USA Field Hockey will highlight an active club from one of the nine regions around the United States to shine a spotlight on what makes Member Clubs unique. From coast-to-coast, clubs big and small will be featured to increase awareness of field hockey across the country, and administrators and coaches will have the chance to talk about initiatives, training and favorite parts of the game. This week from Region 5 is PowerHouse Field Hockey.
Club Name: PowerHouse Field Hockey
History: PowerHouse Field Hockey was founded by Rio 2016 Olympian Stefanie Fee and former U.S. Women’s National Team athlete Lauren Pfieffer in 2017. What began as some summer camp options then lead to the club joining the competitive fall season.
Both Fee and Pfieffer were on the USWNT for a combined 14 years and during their time as competitive, international athletes, the most common term used in sport when recognizing greatness is “PowerHouse”. They jumped at the idea of naming the club that, knowing they were going to create an elite training opportunity for athletes and a place where they would also be pushed as positive leaders on and off the field.
PowerHouse’s mission is to build the complete athlete and offers an innovative training curriculum and elite coaching experience that is guaranteed to sharpen every player’s technical skill execution and tactical game understanding. The club’s athletes advance athletically through field hockey specifically in strength and conditioning programs.
Since the start four years ago, PowerHouse fields two to three outdoor teams in each age group from U-8 through U-19.
Fee on Club Life:
Fee on club life said that PowerHouse strives to embrace the multi-sport athlete. They create a culture of excellence by empowering each athlete with confidence and leadership skills, teaching the art of goal setting, and implementing career consultations that will guide each player on their field hockey journey.
Fee said she didn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic keep her and the coaching staff out of touch with their athletes. They produced social media competitions where athletes posted videos of skill and tricks, they turned USA Field Hockey’s Athlete Coloring Book into a contest and produced a “TOGETHER” contest, where prizes were given. They offered workout packets and performance plans, posted skill videos, and did virtual workout opportunities.
As athletes who grew up in the USA Field Hockey pathway, including Futures (now Nexus) and national events, that eventually got Fee recruited to play at Duke University and Pfieffer at Iowa University, and finally reaching their dreams to represent the red, white and blue, both are thankful of the USA Field Hockey Family and appreciative to still be involved as club coaches.
Both are also thankful for the moment they have with the athletes and fellow coaching staff every day. They are humbled and honored that they have the opportunity and platform to impact the lives of athletes and overall growth of field hockey in the United States.
PowerHouse will have a full-time home in the new year located in Berwyn, Pa.