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Sept. 10, 2017 — Of service and time

This Tuesday, Kathleen “Cookie” Bromage will be in the coaching box when Enfield (Conn.) hosts West Hartford Frederick U. Conard (Conn.) in the opening varsity field hockey game for both teams.

Once the game is official, Bromage will do something that, we think, has only been done one other time in the recorded history of scholastic field hockey: maintaining head coaching duties into a sixth decade.

This year also has seen Linda Nixon of Springfield (Pa.) embark on her 50th season of coaching.  The high-water mark that we have found is Judy Schneider, who has just started her 52nd year of coaching at Hanover (Mass.).

This means there are three coaching who have been around 50 season or more, a truly remarkable achievement for these women.

Others have gotten close in recent years, but Angela Tammaro of Greenwich (Conn.) Academy retired a year before the start of her 50th season, Maureen Polley retired after 45 years at Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.), Bev Osterburg was forced from her job at Stowe (Vt.) in 2012, and Cheryl Poore left her job at Chatham Monomoy (Mass.) last December after 49 years serving at Monomoy and at Harwich (Mass.)

So, in terms of years of service, here’s a list of coaches who (we think) have been around the longest:

52 Judy Schneider, Hanover (Mass.)
51 Cookie Bromage, Enfield (Conn.)
50 Linda Nixon, Springfield (Pa.)
50 Joan Walthour, Monterey (Calif.)
49 Angela Tammaro, Greenwich (Conn.) Academy
49 Barb Major, Lawrence Notre Dame (N.J.)
49 Marie Fiedler, Hudson Western Reserve Academy (Ohio) and Kent (Pa.) State Lab School (Ohio)
49 Cheryl Poore, Harwich (Mass.) and Chatham Monomoy (Mass.)
47 Nancy Gross, Wall (N.J.)
47 Claudia McCarthy, Millville (N.J.)
46 Karen Klassner, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
45 Maureen Polley, Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.)
45 Bev Osterberg, Stowe (Vt.)