Head Coach, U.S. Men's National Team

Rutger Wiese was appointed to the role of head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team in January 2017. Wiese was an assistant coach for the USMNT since 2013 and was part of the coaching staff when the team won the FIH Hockey World League Round 1 in Salamanca, Mexico in September 2016. He is also the head coach of the U.S. U-21 Men’s National Team. Under his direction, the team finished fourth at the Junior Men’s Pan American Championship in May 2016.

Wiese held previous coaching roles in collegiate Division I and II programs. He served as an assistant coach at Harvard University for four seasons (2012-2015), and was the head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for more than six seasons (2003-2009).

As a player, Wiese has a wealth of international experience. He played as a defender at H.C. Bloemendaal, a major-league team in his native, The Netherlands. With Bloemendaal, he won three Netherlands national championships (1999, 2000, 2002), a European championship (2001) and a European silver medal (2000). In 2010, he won the Scottish national indoor championship with Menzieshill H.C.

"We are delighted to appoint Rutger as head coach of the USA Men’s program," said Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey's Executive Director. "Rutger has assembled a committed and talented staff who are responsible for building male hockey as well as leading our national teams in international competition." 

“We’re going to build on the program’s foundation with an emphasis on making an even better transition between the junior national teams and the senior national team,” Wiese said. “I’m looking forward to working with the players and coaching staff to achieve our goals.”

Associate Head Coach, U.S. Men's National Team

Brian Schledorn was appointed as the Associate Head Coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team in January 2017. Volunteer assistant coach to the USMNT since 2015, he helped at the FIH Hockey World League Round 2 in Chula Vista, Calif. and PanAmerican Games in Toronto, Canada.
Currently he is also the program director for the club team RUSH Field Hockey located in Encinitas, Calif. (since 2009). He also held previous coaching roles at Rutgers University as Associate Head Coach (2003-2007) and assistant at Bates College (2002-2003).
Schledorn competed on the Junior U.S. Men's National Team for five years (1992-1997). During this time, he played in many international matches, including two men's Junior Hockey World Cup Qualifiers (1992, 1996) and served as team captain. His was also on the U.S. National Men’s team (1994-2000, 2005-2008) having played in two Pan American Games (1999, 2007) and was an Olympic Team Alternate (1996).
Schledorn graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and California Culinary Academy with an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts.

Strength & Conditioning Coach, U.S. Men's National Team

Brett Kahanowitch is a Performance Coach within the Sports Performance Center, as well as Business Operations and Finance, at Sports Academy. As a part of Sports Academy’s full-circle approach, he helps to deliver athletes of all ages to achieve their peak and optimal potential not only in the weight room but on the field as well. Kahanowitch joined the U.S. Men's National Team staff in January 2017.

Kahanowitch has a great passion for sports and helping create a better future for all athletes. His drive and determination for detail is what really brings an exciting experience to the Sports Academy family. He enjoys playing baseball on the weekends to keep that competitive edge, along with building new relationships that only sports can offer.  Brett is a proud new father which brings a whole new dynamic to his world.

Kahanowitch received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from California Lutheran, along with a Bachelor’s of Science in Managerial and Leadership Studies from Lincoln Memorial University.  As well as receiving his Bachelor’s, he also attained his Master’s in Finance from Lincoln Memorial University. He played collegiate baseball at Loyola Marymount University until an injury forced him to transfer schools and finish up at California Lutheran University.

He has had experience in the private sector of the performance world working alongside collegiate programs for 6 years. Kahanowitch has worked with many professional athletes in the NBA, NFL and MLB, working as an integral part of program design, implementation and results. At the college level at Lincoln Memorial University, he primarily helped with the strength and conditioning program for the baseball team but also worked as an assistant coach while he was there, helping mold the infielders to be better individuals and athletes on and off the field.

Consultant to the Program, U.S. Men's National Team

Sports Performance Director, U.S. Men's National Team

Team Doctor, U.S. Men's National Team

Dr. Joe Houde received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. He then went on to graduate school at Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier, Calif. where he earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic. A few years after graduating he pursued his passion for sports medicine where he began taking post-graduate training through the American Chiropractic Boards of Sports Physicians (ACBSP), where he achieved his Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP) designation, followed by the highest designation in chiropractic sports medicine, the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP).

Dr. Houde completed a two-week sports medicine rotation at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. in 2015. He has been a medical team staff member for Team USA Beach Volleyball since 2014. He has also been a medical team staff member of U.S. Men's National Team events since 2014. In 2017, he became the team doctor for the USMNT.

He understands that each person is unique and approaches each patient’s needs from that perspective. Dr. Houde treats all patients, not just the athletes or weekend warriors. He applies the sports medicine knowledge he has gained from working with elite athletes to everyday people and injuries. In practice, his goal is to understand his patients’ individual goals and return them to a pain-free and active lifestyle.

Dr. Houde lives in Orange County, Calif. with his wife, son and daughter. He appreciates and takes advantage of all the outdoor activities that Southern California has to offer.