Yale Head Coach Continues Involvement with Game on International Level
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale field hockey coach Pam Stuper is serving as a member of the executive board for FIH, the international governing body for the sport of field hockey, after being elected last fall. Stuper's work with the board took her to Switzerland for the first weekend of March.
The executive board for FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey, or International Hockey Federation) includes representatives from each of the Continental Federations. Stuper was elected this past November at the 42nd FIH Congress in Montreux, Switzerland. The election came on the heels of a decision to restructure the executive board, necessitating the election of three new members by the 65 participating nations. Stuper was elected by a large margin, 53-12. In addition to Stuper, Marc Coudron of Belgium and Qasim Zia of Pakistan were also elected.
A native of Lancaster, Pa., and now a resident of Hamden, Conn., Stuper is entering her seventh season as head coach at Yale. She was an assistant coach for the Bulldogs for eight years before that. The Bulldogs have gone 23-11 under her leadership the past two seasons, and set the school record for wins in Ivy League play with six in 2009. Yale has also earned the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's National Academic Team Award each season she has been head coach.
Stuper has been involved with the game on an international level since her days as a player. A member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, she was on the U.S. National Team for nine years. She participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998), one Pan American Games (1995) and two Champion's Trophy Tournaments (1995, 1997). She also was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Stuper earned a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games and a bronze in the 1994 World Cup. She added to her international experience by playing for the Amsterdam Ladies First Team, which was Dutch National League Top Division runner-up in 1996-1997.
In addition to her playing experience, Stuper also has significant experience in international competition at other levels. In 2007 she served as a manager for the National Team's Netherlands tour and at the Champions Challenge in Baku, Azerbaijan. She has been an assistant coach/manager for the U.S. Under-16/Under-17 team since 2008. She will travel with the team to the Easter Tournament in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands, in April, and worked at that same tournament in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, she earned a bronze with the U-17 team at the Youth Pan American Games in Montevideo, Uruguay. She has also served as manager for the National Team's European Tour to Spain and England in 2010 and for the U-21 National Team at the Junior World Cup in Boston in 2009.
Stuper is currently head coach of USA Field Hockey's New England Junior High Performance team. She was an assistant coach for the New England Region from 2005 through 2009, and was an assistant for the North team in 2010. This past summer three of her Yale players –sophomore forward/midfielder Mary Beth Barham, junior back Erin Carter and freshman midfielder Georgia Holland -- played for the Senior and Junior High Performance Teams at the National Championships. In the summer of 2006 Stuper coached the U-19 U.S. team at the Can Am Games in Virginia Beach, Va.
Stuper's international experience also includes multiple trips abroad with the Yale team, including visits to Argentina in 2008, Greece (for the Olympic Games) and Italy in 2004 and the Netherlands in 2000.
Stuper served as Second Vice-President of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association from 2005-2008, and currently serves as Director of Curriculum & Development. She is a member of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship Committee and serves as the ASO Director on the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors.
In addition to being in the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, Stuper is also in the hall of fame for her college, Old Dominion, and the hall of fame for her high school, Hempfield.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity