Field hockey coaches set for summer

Bates head coach Danielle Ryder will serve as a U19 head coach at the National Futures Championship this summer. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine – Bates College head field hockey coach Danielle Ryder will direct a U19 team at USA Field Hockey's National Futures Championship, and assistant coach Annie Kietzman will serve as a head coach for Beyond Sticks this summer, Ryder announced on Monday.

Ryder, who enters her second season with the Bobcats in 2014-15, will coach a U19 team at the National Futures Championship which runs from June 29 to July 2 for the U19 division at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa.

Each year the 680 best athletes from the Futures Program are selected to participate in the National Futures Championship from their Regional Futures Tournament. Athletes can gain the opportunity for selection to advanced USA Field Hockey Olympic Development Programs through their participation in the National Futures Championship.

The Futures program, which was established in 1990, works to raise the level of field hockey in the U.S. and develop athletes for future consideration for U.S. national teams. Each of the nine Futures regions conducts a Regional Tournament which feeds into the National Futures Championship.

Kietzman, who also heads into her second season at Bates in 2014-15, will work with Beyond Sticks, an organization based in Arlington, Va., which looks to use field hockey as a vehicle to give girls confidence and leadership skills, for the second consecutive summer.

She will serve as a head coach in the program which focuses on an integrative approach to leadership and confidence alongside technical game instruction.

Bates will also host its own summer field hockey camp from Aug. 7-10 on campus.