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May 10, 2018 — A singular scholastic coach makes a transition

Daan Polders, one of only a couple of scholastic field hockey coaches to win state championships in more than one state, and perhaps the only one to do so in consecutive seasons, was named the head coach of the United States U-17 women’s national team.

It’s a singificant, if rare, move by a scholastic coach into the world of the U.S. high-performance system. But Polders has spent time in the U.S. collegiate system, having coached with Michigan State and Wake Forest in the 2000s.

Polders found a rich seam of form with Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.) in 2012 and 2013, winning the CHSAA state title, then moving over to Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) to win the 2013 PIAA Class AA title. He would further lead Villa to the 2017 Class AA state championship.

Polders will be assisted by former U.S. national-teamer Katie (O’Donnell) Bam and William and Mary associate head coach Mark Egner.