About Craig and the USA Field Hockey Women's National Team

2019 Leadership Inspired: Leading a High Performance Team with USA Field Hockey Women's National Team and Keynote Craig Parnham
October 16, 2019 from 11:30a-2:00p
Olympic Hall at Spooky Nook

"Perhaps even more satisfying than the results on the pitch has been watching this team grow and develop into a group that holds themselves accountable and takes ownership of their own direction."

Craig Parnham serves as USA Field Hockey's Director of Coach Education and Learning. Prior to accepting his current role, Parnham was head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team.

Through his determined leadership, Parnham guided the team to their best FIH (International Hockey Federation) Hero World Ranking in USWNT national team history of 5th and propelled the international squad to a 5th place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Among his collection of other noteworthy accomplishments, he won gold medals at the 2015 Pan American Games and 2014 Champions Challenge, claimed 4th place at the 2014 Rabobank World Cup and made the USWNT an international threat on the pitch. From the first day of his appointment, he has been in instrumental to USWNT's successes. In 2015, the U.S. Olympic Committee Recognized Parnham as 2015 National Coach of the Year.

Prior to this tenure as the USWNT Head Coach, Parnham contributed to Great Britain and England Hockey. With his direction and leadership, England had a remarkable run of podium finishes, including World Cup bronze in 2010, European bronze medals in 2009 and 2011 and bronze medals at the Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games in 2010.

As a player, Parnham represented England and Great Britain 115 times and competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games as well as the 2002 World Cup. Throughout his playing career, Parnham completed his coaching qualifications and coached at Bromsgrove School as First Team Coach and then became Director of Hockey. Upon his retirement following the 2004 Olympic Games, Parnham embarked on a career with the Scottish Hockey Union as High Performance Coach before taking on an Assistant Coaching role with England Hockey.

The USA Women's National Team is based out of Spooky Nook Sports and is led by Head Coach Janneke Schopman, an Olympian herself.

The 2019 calendar year is shaping up to be very exciting with the groundbreaking, new FIH Pro League taking place from January to June. This will prepare them for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, an Olympic qualifying event.

For more information regarding USA Field Hockey visit usafieldhockey.com.

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