The U.S. men’s national field hockey team has had a recent history which has been full of loss after loss at the highest levels.
Indeed, the United States has not qualified for an Olympics when it has not been the host country since 1956, and has never qualified for the FIH World Cup.
The United States has brought in plenty of coaches over the last 30 years to try to turn around the fortunes of the men’s program, and to inspire young men to try the sport if they have burnt out of soccer.
But Rutger Weise knows a lot about the American field hockey culture. He has played in the Indoor Premier League in the United States, has coached at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and has acted as team manager for the United States U-21s.
His enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport is well-known amongst the American field hockey community.
And he just might be what men’s field hockey needs in order to succeed in this country.