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Sept. 9, 2016 — A refresh

Spent today making major updates to The Rebel Project, which is our version of the National Federation of State HIgh School Associations’ field hockey record book.

And there are a lot of updates, since the NFHS book is so incomplete as to render it almost meaningless.

Most of these updates you already know about, from the 17th Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) state championship, the 160th straight game that Watertown (Mass.) has not lost, to the stellar 200-goal, 201-assist career of Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) attacking midfielder Haley Schleicher.

But for me, some of the most interesting updates were to coaching statistics. There are 10 coaches with more than 600 victories, and by the time September is done, Eileen Donahue of Watertown (Mass.) will make it 11. Of that subset of coaches, eight of them are active. That speaks to the remarkable resilience and adaptability of these elite coaches.

The ratio was different when it came to coaches who will complete 40 or more years of service by the end of 2016. Of the 23 that we know of, nine are going to be coaching this fall. It could have been 10, but there is no varsity field hockey for veteran coach Sandy Clary to guide at Windsor (Vt.) for for the second straight year.

I invite you to have a look at Rebel Project and give us feedback. What’s missing? What is mistyped?

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