CAROLINE NELSON-NICHOLS
Head Coach, U.S. Women's National Team

Nelson-Nichols was appointed the U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach in January 2020. She is a former USWNT athlete and two-time Olympian and served as the head coach at Columbia University since 2015,. She became the fourth head coach in program history after three seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to Columbia, she was an assistant coach at the University of Iowa in 2010.

Nelson-Nichols is no stranger to USA Field Hockey and its programming having served in several roles over the past decade within the Olympic Development Pathway. She was appointed to the Board of Directors earlier this year as an Athlete Representative and has stepped down from this volunteer role to take on her new duties. She has also worked within Futures in multiple roles since 2008, including head coach during the National Futures Championships (2016-18) and regional coaching director (2009-12). She is a certified USA Field Hockey coach educator holding International Hockey Federation (FIH) and USA Field Hockey Level 2 accreditations.

Nelson-Nichols played defender for the USWNT from 2007-14 and totaled 165 international caps. She was pivotal on the USA backline and was part of the squad that made impressive runs at the 2014 Champions Challenge in Glasgow, Scotland where they claimed gold, as well as the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in Hague, The Netherlands where they earned fourth. She was also a member of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and London 2012 Olympic Games teams.

MARC HARDY
Assistant Coach, U.S. Women's National Team

Hardy brings a wealth of knowledge pitch-side having served as a coach both nationally and internationally, and most recently being at the helm of the U.S. Women’s National Development Team. He is a USA Field Hockey Level 2 Certified Coach and plans on using his prior experience to lead the senior USWNT.

Mixing his past knowledge and coaching philosophy, Hardy is keen on playing an aggressive front-foot style of field hockey, providing the platform for a lot of shots and goal scoring chances. He believes the basis of any good performance is the ability to work hard and execute basics especially when under pressure or fatigue.

Hardy got his first look into the American collegiate coaching system having spent the 2017 season at Columbia University. Prior, he served as the head of physical education at the Whitgift School (2012-16) and was also the head coach of the Bromley and Beckenham Club Men’s 1st XI team (2012-14).

Hardy has had his hand in coaching other various schools and teams in England. Most noteworthy is the Lewes HC Men’s 1st XI Coach and Director of Coaching (2009-11) and Horsham Ladies HC Head Coach (2004-06), where he was the youngest head coach in national league history to win a league, at the age of 21.
In his new role, Hardy wants to bring a strong sense of technical and tactical knowledge to the game.

LAWRENCE AMAR
Manager, U.S. Women's National Team

Amar joined the U.S. Women's National Team staff in February 2019 as the assistant coach. He was previously held the position of assistant coach for Kent State University from 2009 to 2018. In that role, he worked with individual team members to target specific areas of improvement, organized strategies for each match based on video analysis, experience and understanding team strengths and weaknesses, and led successful international and domestic recruiting efforts by developing strong relationships with potential student-athletes, parents and recruiting agency.

As an athlete himself, Amar stood out as a player at an early age, having first represented with the U.S> Men’s National Team at the age of 16. He was also one of the few players to ever represent all three squads at the same time, playing on the U-18 USMNT, U-21 USMNT and senior USMNT concurrently. A native of California, he was part of the U.S. Men’s National Team programs from 1987-1999 and competed in more than 200 international matches. Those included multiple tours, World Cup Qualifiers, Pan American Games, Junior World Cup and the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. He also served as captain for both his U-21 USMNT and USMNT, earning additional accolades along the way, including the 1994 and 1995 USA Field Hockey Athlete of the Year award.

Following his playing days, Amar was a member of the U.S. Army for six years, serving two tours overseas. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Infantry. Amar received two Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals among his numerous honors and achievements.

 

DAVE WILLIAMSON
Goalkeeping Coach, U.S. Women's National Team

Williamson joined the U.S. Women's National Team following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Princeton University from 2013-17 while doubling as the Tigers’ goalkeeping coach.

A 2002 graduate of the University of Ulster, Williamson has extensive coaching experience in the United States and abroad. He served as assistant coach at Monmouth University from 2008-12. Prior to Monmouth, he was an assistant at Kent State (2002-05).

In addition to USA Field Hockey, Williamson has also worked with the Irish Hockey association, along with serving as the goalkeeping coach for numerous club, school and provincial teams. As a player, Williamson enjoyed a long career beginning with Newry Olympic HC. This was followed by a stint at Banbridge HC before moving to Lisnagarvey HC, where he won a national title and the Irish Senior Cup in 2005 and 2006. In a final move to Pembroke Wanderers HC, Williamson helped capture the Lenister League title in 2013.