My athletic career originally centered primarily around field hockey. In college, I helped to lead my team, Old Dominion University, to three national championships and was honored with the Honda Broderick Award in 1984 for the nation’s top field hockey player. I then moved on to become a member of the U.S. National Team in Field Hockey from 1981-1989. While on the national team I participated in the 1988 Olympics and played in the 1983 and 1987 World Cup competitions. I was inducted into the USA hall of fame along with the JMU and ODU and the state of VA hall of fame.
After retirement from the national team, I accepted the head coach position of women’s field hockey coach at James Madison University. Together we won the school’s first ever national championship in 1994.
In 2002 I left coaching at the college level to pursue other professional interests, however, my love of the game did not allowed me to give it up entirely and I spend summers conducting specialized field hockey camps throughout the country. Many young athletes across the nation take advantage of my unique coaching style during these camps as they are taught to train the body, mind and spirit as a unit rather than strictly focusing on the athletic skill.
In addition to field hockey, I am currently a life coach specializing in supporting sport coaches, athletes and business professionals. I am passionate about life coaching where I am able to help professionals find a balance between their jobs and their personal life. As a prior elite level athlete and coach, I fully understand the pressures and stresses that leaders in all areas are under to create a winning team. I combine my personal experience with my life coaching and wellness training to help people find solutions within themselves for problems occurring on the team and in everyday life.
At present I am the Head Field Hockey coach back at James Madison University. I came back to where I coached for 10 years in the 90’s and it has the same charm and genuineness that it did when I was here before. Our facilities for camps and clinics are state of the art and our staff is over the top with passion, belief and positive energy. As the head coach here for 2 years back, we have brought the JMU program to a top 20 ranking and have set our goals very high for the future.