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BULLETIN: Nov. 25, 2019 — The first shoe drops at USA Field Hockey

Within the culture of the U.S. women’s field hockey team, there is a saying. “Whatever you do, don’t lose to Canada.”

But what do you do when you not only lose to Canada, and to Ireland, and to Argentina, and China? What do you do when you lose for the first time to India in a tournament situation?

In a move that has surprised nobody, Janneke Schopmann was fired today as head coach of the United States. She leaves having failed to qualify the American side for the Olympics for the first time since 2004, one which had a record of 3-13 in the FIH Pro League, and one which finished last in its pool at the 2018 FIH Women’s World Cup.

It’s not yet known whether other firings or resignations will follow on from this move. A Change.org petition authored by a handful of U.S. field hockey players lays out systemic problems within the national governing body of the sport, as well as deficiencies in infrastructure, facilities, nutrition, and staffing.

From all that your Founder heard from people familiar with the team, Schopmann was universally seen as “great.”

But the results on the pitch are the ones that count.

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