COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Throughout the month of January, USA Field Hockey will be celebrating and honoring the 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees, Honorary Members and Award winners prior to the 100th Anniversary and Hall of Fame Celebration, hosted by the U.S. Field Hockey Foundation.
A 1958 graduate of Beaver College (Arcadia), where she earned All American honors in both field hockey and lacrosse, Barbara Longstreth spent much of the next three decades after graduation coaching both sports at all levels. Additionally, during her storied playing career, she traveled abroad with both the USA Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams. Barbara taught and served as athletic director at the Springside School from 1981 to 1986. She was inducted into the Arcadia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Barbara was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1960 to 1966 and competed in the Wembley Games in 1962. Her accomplishments included being named to two U.S. Touring Teams (now called National Teams), touring Great Britain and Denmark, and an astounding ten U.S. Women’s Lacrosse squads, going on European tours in both sports. She was also a member of the U.S. Women’s Hockey Association Conference Team for an event that would eventually become known as today’s Women’s World Cup.
During her time in California, she coached field hockey at Long Beach State then moved to Northern California where she coached field hockey at Stanford University, as well as the club lacrosse program.
In 1977, she met Mohinder Gill, a student from India, and agreed to sell his sticks when traveling with her field hockey team. She began by selling sticks out of the trunk of her car. Despite these rather humble beginnings, the institution that became Longstreth Women’s Sports was born. Today, Longstreth Sporting Goods in Spring City, Pa. is known as the place to get your field hockey gear. In addition, Longstreth has supported countless USA Field Hockey athletes throughout the last five decades, even in the earlier years, long before there were companies that sponsored field hockey players. In 2018, Barbara was inducted into the National Sporting Goods Hall of Fame.
Since retiring in 2007, she continues to serve the sport she loves by sponsoring local athletes. An icon of our sport, Barbara has devoted her entire life to growing and serving our field hockey community.
“Barbara is a legend of the game,” said Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey’s Executive Director. “An elite player and coach and then establishing an incredible legacy of equipping field hockey athletes in building the amazing Longstreth company, the most long-standing partner of USA Field Hockey.”
She is truly worthy of induction in the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame. Join us as we celebrate and honor all of the 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees, Honorary Members and Award Winners on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at the 100th Anniversary and Hall of Fame Celebration, hosted by the U.S. Field Hockey Foundation, at The Union League of Philadelphia. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.