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Sept. 8, 2022 — The Year of Coaches?

We wrote last weekend about the opening game of Manheim (Pa.) Township, specifically focused on the fact that it was the first game for head coach Jessica Rose Shellenberger after a tremendous career at Mount Joy Donegal last decade.

But this week, there have been a couple more veteran coaches who have made their return to the sidelines after some time off.

In the New Jersey capitol region, Judy Goldstein has returned to the sidelines of Hamilton (N.J.) West after a decade away. This will be her 39th season as head coach at both Hamilton and at Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.).

Goldstein is known, from her time in the Shore Conference, for having former U.S. women’s soccer captain Christie Pearce on her roster. Pearce, an all-around athlete in field hockey, basketball, and soccer, capped her career in 2015 with a World Cup win in Vancouver.

A couple of hundred miles down the coast, the field hockey team just off Nebraska Avenue in the Northwest quadrant of the nation’s capital has undergone several changes.

The school is no longer named for former president Woodrow Wilson; it is instead Washington Jackson-Reed (D.C.).

In addition, one of the founders of the field hockey team, Patricia Nantume, is back with the side after a decade away, She took over from Sarah Whitener.

The Tigers’ program has been around a while, but have bumped up their schedule a bit. In the early days, Wilson would have to schedule fellow DCIAA member School Without Walls and a smattering of other programs in the region.

But with Walls no longer having a team, Jackson-Reed now plays a collection of teams from the Virginia High School League and the Independent School League.

It’s good to have veteran coaches back on the sidelines helping to develop their player’s skills and acumen for the game.