COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – February 10, 2014 – USA Field Hockey is delighted to announce today Janneke Schopman, the former captain of the Dutch National Team, as Assistant Coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team and Head Coach of the Under-21 Women's Team. Schopman will serve as an Assistant Coach under Head Coach Craig Parnham during the team’s journey through to Rio 2016, including the upcoming 2014 World Cup in The Netherlands. Schopman will join the team in April at the Champions Challenge in Scotland.
USA Field Hockey Welcomes New Assistant Coach to the Womens National Team
“Alongside of Craig, I want USA Field Hockey to continue to stand out in the hockey world and I’m excited to be part of that movement and challenge,” said Schopman.
“I am thrilled to bring Janneke onto the coaching staff,” said Parnham. “She has tremendous hockey experience and I consider her to be one of the most talented female coaches in world hockey. She has an outstanding record as a player and her knowledge and experience extends into her coaching.”
Schopman is a two-time Olympic field hockey medalist for the Dutch National Team. She was a part of the silver-medalist squad at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and a member of the gold-medalist squad in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Schopman also played on the Dutch squad that won gold at the 2006 Women’s Hockey World Cup and the Champions Trophy on three occasions in 2004, 2005 and 2007.
“We were fortunate to attract such strong candidates in our global search for a Women’s National Team Assistant Coach and are very pleased to announce Janneke Schopman has accepted our offer to become assistant coach and help lead the women’s program through to Rio 2016,” said Steve Locke USA Field Hockey’s Executive Director. “Janneke is a brilliant choice.”
“It's an exciting time for the sport of field hockey in the United States,” said Schopman. “I am really looking forward to sharing my knowledge and vision and also learning from the USA squad.”
About USA Field Hockey
USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visit usafieldhockey.com.