Today, it was announced that there were to be changes in the leadership in USA Field Hockey’s Board of Directors. Cycling off the head of the board are former U.S. Olympian Shannon Taylor as vice-chair and former U.S. men’s national teamer Shawn Hindy, who was the chair.
Coming in are Bree Gillespie as chair and Susan Nottingham as vice-chair. The two were originally elected to the Board in 2014, and each have business backgrounds. Gillespie was a production development consultant as well as the coach of the Lanco Premier field hockey club, while Nottingham is an investment consultant and financial planner.
Given the sponsorship and development ideals outlined by FIH last fall, I think this is a solid move by USA Field Hockey. The Board is going to be charged with the task of running the Pan American Cup this summer as well as putting together a successful bid to be one of the women’s national sides in the new international home-and-away series of Tests.
These responsibilities, I think, are going to make the Board take a more businesslike approach in how the sport is marketed. And hopefully, that will be a nationwide effort.