April 2, 2008

Stuper Serves as Assistant Coach with U.S. U16 Olympic Development Select Team

April 2, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale field hockey coach Pam Stuper recently returned from the Netherlands, where she served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Under-16 Olympic Development Select Team. The U.S. finished fifth at the ABN Amro International Easter Tournament, which included several club teams and U16 teams from other countries. The U.S. earned the tournament's Fair Play Trophy.

The U16 team is part of USA Field Hockey's feeder program for the U.S. Olympic Team and includes the top American players under the age of 16. After going 2-1-2 in Pool C at the 12-team tournament, the U.S. played the top three teams from the other pool. The team earned fifth place by going 1-1-1 in that round and winning its final game on strokes, 7-6, over a Dutch club team. The U.S. also went 4-1 in the five games it played leading up to the tournament, including a 5-2 win in a friendly with the Czech Republic.

A member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, Stuper enters her fourth season as head coach -- and 12th season overall at Yale -- in 2008. She has been involved extensively with USA Field Hockey at many levels. A nine-year member of the U.S. National Team, she participated in three World Cups (1990, bronze medal in 1994, 1998), one Pan-American Games (silver medal in 1995) and two Champion's Trophy Tournaments (1995, 1997). She was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team.

In 2007 Stuper served as a manager for the National Team's Netherlands tour and at the Champions Challenge in Baku, Azerbaijan. She also worked as a coach at the USFHA's Elite Performance Training Center for the New England region in 2005 and 2006 and was an assistant coach for the New England team that included two of her players (Ali Rotondo and Harriet Thayer) and both of her coaches (Tamara Durante as an assistant coach and Abby Ostruzka as a player) in 2007. In the summer of 2006 she coached the U.S. U19 team at the Can Am Games in Virginia Beach, Va.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity