Work with Goalkeepers and Attack, Along with Recruiting, Has Keyed Recent Upswing
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Tamara Durante, whose work with the goalkeepers and attack as an assistant coach has been a major factor in the Yale field hockey team's recent success, has been promoted to Associate Head Coach. Head coach Pam Stuper announced the promotion Wednesday. Durante, who also coordinates Yale's recruiting efforts, has been with the Bulldogs since 2005. This past season her efforts helped Yale earn votes in the national poll and set the school record for wins in Ivy League play.
"Tamara's knowledge of the game and ability to teach has undoubtedly brought great success to our program, particularly in the most critical areas of the field, our attacking and defending 25," said Stuper. "In addition to her field responsibilities, Tamara spearheads our recruiting efforts and has been the catalyst in bringing some of the best players around the country to Yale. Tamara's incredible commitment and dedication to Yale and the field hockey program are second to none. She is a tremendous asset to our team."
Durante has tutored two All-Ivy League goalkeepers in the past three years. Under her guidance, junior Katie Bolling developed into a second team All-Ivy selection in her first year as a starter in 2008 and has now been elected captain for the 2010 season. Bolling ranked fourth in the country in save percentage (.809) as a sophomore. The year before that, under Durante's watch, senior Charlotte Goins finished third in the NCAA in save percentage (.804) and fifth in saves per game (8.71). That earned Goins second team All-Ivy honors.
Durante has also worked extensively with the Yale attack. The Bulldogs scored 51 goals last season, the third-highest total in school history. Yale has increased its goal total from season-to-season for each of the past five years, and senior Ashley McCauley just broke the school's career points record (100).
Before joining Stuper's staff at Yale, Durante spent the four previous years as an assistant coach at Ohio University. Prior to her stay at Ohio, Durante worked for Field Hockey Canada from 1999-2001. Her duties included assisting the goalkeeper coach and recording and editing matches. She was the head coach for the Provincial Quebec Under-21 and Under-18 teams from 1993-98.
In addition to her work at Yale Durante currently serves as the First Vice-President of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and also is involved with the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA). She won a gold medal as an assistant coach for the Under-21 U.S. team at the Junior Pan Ams in October of 2008. Durante has coached in the Futures Program since 2002 and served as the Great Lakes Regional Futures Director from 2003-05. She has selected for various USFHA programs, including the Under-16 national team and Futures Elite. She also was selected to coach for USA Field Hockey at the AAU Junior Olympic Games from 2006 through 2008.
A native of Lachine, Quebec, Durante is a 2000 graduate of the University of Alberta and was a five-year starter for the field hockey team there. She helped the Pandas to a silver medal in the CIAU Championship in 1997 and bronze medals in 1996 and 1999.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity