Tamara Durante joined the Yale coaching staff in 2005. She works mainly with the goalkeepers and forwards, and has tutored five All-Ivy League goalkeeper selections while helping the Bulldogs increase their season goal total for six straight years at one point -- including a school-record 69 goals in 2011 en route to earning a share of the Ivy League title.
In 2013, Heather Schlesier '15 earned second team All-Ivy League honors to become the fourth All-Ivy goalkeeper Durante has worked with. Schlesier led the Ivy League, and was fourth in the nation, in save percentage (.795). Schlesier then earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors in 2014, giving Durante five All-Ivy selections in her time working with Yale's goalies.
In 2011, Emily Cain '14 earned second team All-Ivy League honors while helping Yale win the league championship. Under Durante's guidance, Katie Bolling '11 developed into a second team All-Ivy selection in her first year as a starter (2008). Bolling ranked fourth in the country in save percentage (.809). The year before that, under Durante's watch, goalie Charlotte Goins '10 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.
Before joining head coach Pam 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 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.
Durante has also coached at the Junior Olympics from 2006 to 2008 and 2010 to 2013, winning a gold in 2012.
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.
updated Apr. 29, 2015