The last time any of us saw Katie Bam on a hockey pitch, she was trying to take space against the German defense in the final five minutes of the Olympic quarterfinal.
An untidy stick tackle left Bam, the United States’ leading scorer in the 2016 Olympics, crumpled on the Deodoro Stadium turf with a knee injury.
Bam spent the fall as an assistant coach for Harvard alongside her husband, former South African international Marvin Bam. She also did her rehabilitation about 375 miles away from Spooky Nook.
Now that the U.S. team is beginning to reconvene for training as well as play in the Pan American Cup this summer, Bam has found a coaching position close by Spooky Nook — and, as it turns out, close to her heart.
Katie Bam, this fall, will be an assistant coach with the University of Maryland. That is, when she’s not playing or training with the U.S. team at Spooky Nook, which is 110 miles away.
It’s a great fit, I think, especially with the talent that is coming onto the team for spring hockey.