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Feb. 10, 2015 — Trading one shade of red for another

In 2001, Amanda Janney was the head coach of Fort Worth Trinity Valley (Tex.), which went through a memorable campaign, winning its Gateway Invitational pool and running the table through the Southern Preparatory Conference, finishing with a 22-0-1 record. For her efforts, she was given the United States Coach of the Year award that season.

Janney took over the head coaching job at Temple University five years later, steering the Owls to within a game of making the NCAA Tournament on two occasions, but fell to Richmond in the Atlantic-10 final in 2011 and the Big East final in 2014.

It was Temple’s performance in that Big East loss to eventual national champion Connecticut that made her a good candidate for the head coach opening at Indiana University.

With Janney accepting that position, she’s going to have not only the chance to coach in one of the nation’s best college field hockey conferences, but she’s also going to be in the unenviable situation of having to go out-of-state for every recruit. Even after nearly a decade and a half of field hockey at IU, there aren’t any high schools playing the sport in the state.

Somehow, I think with Janney’s energy, enthusiasm, and experience with the FUNdamental Field hockey and You Go Girl programs at Temple (located on North Broad Street in central Philadelphia), that will change.

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