Durante to Coach for USA Field Hockey at 2006 AAU Junior Olympic Games

Durante to Coach for USA Field Hockey at 2006 AAU Junior Olympic Games

July 28, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale assistant coach Tamara Durante has been selected to coach for USA Field Hockey at the 2006 AAU Junior Olympic Games, held Aug. 1 through 5 in Virginia Beach. Durante, who will coach the Navy Team, was appointed through USA Field Hockey's High Performance/Olympic Development program. The Navy Team's roster includes Jaimie Orrico, sister of Yale captain Heather Orrico (Southbury, Conn.).

Held at the USA Field Hockey National Training Center, the field hockey competition of the multi-sport event features eight teams (128 athletes, under the age of 16) competing in round-robin pool play before advancing to crossover games. The tournament concludes with classification games on Aug. 5 featuring the bronze medal game at 2 p.m. followed by the gold medal contest at 3:30 p.m.

Durante is entering her second season with the Bulldogs after spending four years at Ohio University. She has coached in the United States Field Hockey Association's 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, Futures Elite, B Camp and A Camp.

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. She finished in the top five in goals in the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union three times and helped the Pandas to a silver medal in the CIAU Championship in 1997 and a bronze medal in 1996 and 1999.

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