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Jan. 22, 2020 — Lawrence Amar, 1972-2020

It was only a few days ago that Lawrence Amar was appointed to the position of manager of the U.S. men’s and women’s national sides, in addition to his duties as women’s assistant coach.

Last night, the shocking news came of Amar’s death.

He had represented the United States between 1987 and 1999, through many lean years. Indeed, his only moments in the sun came through the fact that the United States hosted the 1996 Olympics. That year, he was captain of the U.S. men’s national field hockey team.

But you probably don’t know the half of Amar’s life. You see, there was a period of his life after his hockey-playing days and the time he became an assistant coach with Kent State.

That was a six-year period during which he served in the U.S. Army, which included two tours overseas in the period of the early Desert Shield/Desert Storm military actions.

Amar eventually attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, receiving two Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals.

His death was a sudden blow — not only to USA Field Hockey, but his wife and children.

Commendations have been written about him on social media, and deservedly so. He is already missed by so many in the American field hockey community.