October 12, 2008

Durante Helps U.S. to Gold Medal at Junior Pan American Tournament

Oct. 12, 2008

MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Yale assistant coach Tamara Durante earned a gold medal Sunday after helping the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team to victory at the 2008 Junior Pan American Tournament Under-21 World Cup Qualifier in Mexico City. The U.S. won gold in dramatic fashion, defeating Chile 2-1 in overtime.

After opening with a 21-0 win over Bermuda on Monday, the U.S. beat Trinidad & Tobago 7-1 Tuesday and tied Chile 1-1 Thursday to finish in first place in Pool B. That led to a semi-final matchup against the runner-up from Pool A, Mexico, which the U.S. won 6-1 on Friday.

Durante joined the Yale coaching staff in 2005. She works mainly with the goaltenders and forwards. Under her guidance, goalie Charlotte Goins finished third in the NCAA in save percentage (.804) and fifth in saves per game (8.71) in 2007. This year, sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bolling currently leads the country in save percentage (.838).

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. She was the head coach for the Provincial Quebec Under-21 and Under-18 teams from 1993-98.

Durante has coached in US Field Hockey'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. She also was selected to coach for USA Field Hockey at the 2006 AAU Junior Olympic Games.

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 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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