USA Field Hockey has renewed the coaching contracts of Technical Director Terry Walsh, Women's Head Coach Lee Bodimeade and Men's Head Coach Nick Conway as part of USA Field Hockey's continuing commitment to international excellence.
Both Walsh and Bodimeade have signed through the end of 2012 while
"We are very fortunate to have such talented individuals working with our athletes, and we are ecstatic that Terry, Lee and Nick have agreed to stay on and continue the outstanding work they have begun with the
Both the USA Field Hockey men’s and women’s teams will compete in Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in early 2008 in their bids to secure a spot in the 2008 Olympic Games.
"We are very pleased to announce the success of this crucial step in our on-going commitment to secure the very best coaching possible for our National Teams," said USA Field Hockey Executive Director Sheila Walker on the signings. "This represents a giant step forward towards our goals for the Olympic Games of London in 2012."
Originally signed in January 2005, Walsh, 54, will continue as technical director of the
"USA Field Hockey is moving towards a position of considerable impact on the world stage," said Walsh. "In altering the direction of several aspects of the organization, USA Field Hockey has taken considerable steps towards becoming a significant ‘player’ in the Olympic sport of field hockey. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing several developments begin to take affect and I look forward to seeing how this new found momentum can best influence the
Prior to joining the USA Field Hockey staff, Walsh guided the
Named the head coach of the
"There were obviously a number of key factors in the decision to extend my contract through to 2012 and having a young family away from home was the most critical of these," said Bodimeade. "Their support along with the backing of the Board, the Executive Director, all at USA Field Hockey, and the large number of coaches that I have been fortunate enough to be involved with over the past three years, made the decision a very positive one for me."
At the end of the day I am there to coach a team, and it has been the response that I have received from the players that have provided the desire for me to extend the contract. There have been a number of hard decisions made that I believe are for greater achievement at international level, but their desire and quest for success has never wavered. I am looking forward to this continuing through our drive to the Olympics and thriving in the years to come."
A member of
A member of the USA Field Hockey staff since 2003, Conway was named head coach of the
"I'm extremely pleased to have agreed to contractual terms with USA Field Hockey, particularly with our Olympic Qualifier so close on the horizon," said
Source: USA Field Hockey
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