USA Field Hockey

2020 National Coaches Forum

The 2020 National Coaches Forum, presented by AstroTurf, will take place virtually from Tuesday, December 8 to Thursday, December 10 as well as Saturday, December 12. USA Field Hockey’s Coach Education and Learning Department is excited to offer coaches the opportunity to meet, listen and engage with world class speakers virtually in the comfort of one’s own home.

While the NCF will center around an array of speakers from across the globe, USA Field Hockey is especially excited to introduce the newly appointed U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Anthony Farry and USWNT Assistant Coach Greg Drake. Farry and Drake will speak on two occasions about video and player development and the critical process factors in program planning. 


Check out the detailed schedule along with list of presenters. Among the confirmed presenters includes former England Rugby coach Stuart Lancaster, who took the England Team to the World Cup in 2015. Lancaster has faced some harsh ups and downs and will share valuable lessons of leadership, management and identity learned from working with High Performance teams. John Crawley, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s High Performance Director of Team Sports, with more than 20 years of experience, will offer best practices having worked with some of the world’s greatest sporting teams.


The 2020 National Coaches Forum will also feature Olympic legends and coaches Tracey Fuchs(two-time Olympian and Northwestern University Head Coach), Katie Bam (two-time Olympian and University of Maryland Associate Head Coach), Max Caldas (two-time Olympian with Argentina, three-time Olympic coach and current Netherlands Men’s National Team Head Coach), Pietie Coetzee-Turner (three-time Olympian and University of Massachusetts Assistant Coach) and Adam Commens (Belgium Hockey High-Performance and Australia Olympic Bronze medalist).


A presentation by Tamika "Miki" Smith (former USWNT athlete, Treatment Placement Specialist and Reach FHC Owner) and Imani Ruffin (ID&E Training and Development Consultant and Sistas With Sticks Field Hockey Owner) will provide insight into Mental Health Concerns and Considerations for Black Athletes.


These field hockey experts will share their insights and provide specific tactical presentations for the sport. Goalkeeping topics will be covered by Steve Bayer, Belgium Goalkeeper Coach. Craig Parnham, USA Field Hockey's Director of Coach Education and Learning, will also this year but in a unique fashion by having registrants submit questions prior to the event. He will then address the questions shared during a special one-hour presentation. 


Purchase the 2020 National Coaches Forum Sessions

If you missed the 2020 National Coaches Forum, don't worry!

All sessions of the 2020 National Coaches Forum were recorded and are now available to purchase for $80.00 for USA Field Hockey Members and $95.00 for non-USA Field Hockey Members! Continue to develop professionally by watching all 12 sessions at your convenience.


USA Field Hockey will host the Women in Coaching Forum in 2021. More information will be released when confirmed.