New NFHCA committees proposed, chairs and committee members announced

GILBERT, Ariz. — During the recent convention, the NFHCA membership recommended the creation of three new committees focusing on important and pressing issues in the field hockey community. The Collegiate Rules Committee, the Sport Development and Outreach Committee, and the Division I Legislative Committee will be the NFHCA's three newest standing committees, pending formal approval by the NFHCA Executive Board. The membership voted to create the committees at the 2019 NFHCA Annual Convention. The NFHCA Executive Board has reviewed the proposed changes to the NFHCA Bylaws and will officially vote on the proposals during the NFHCA Executive Board meeting in June.

The first of the committees, the Collegiate Rules Committee, chaired by NFHCA President, Andy Whitcomb, will be responsible for being informed about rule changes and proposed changes that relate to and have significance for field hockey programs and coaches. The committee will inform and educate the membership relative to such rules, identify problems, study implications, and consult the membership for opinions and responses, among a myriad of other duties related to playing rules.

The Collegiate Rules Committee will be composed of five members, with at least one member from each division. Victor Brady, head coach at Bryn Mawr College (Division III), and Steve Jennings, head coach at American University (Division I), were elected to serve on the proposed committee — the committee is still seeking two more members and at least one representative from Division II.

The second new committee, the Sport Development and Outreach Committee will gather and share information with the membership that is pertinent to sport development and outreach.

The committee, which will be chaired by NFHCA 2nd Vice-President, Jackie Kane, will also be tasked with providing a defined approach for responding to requests from member coaches who require support as well as for institutions that are considering the addition of the sport; educating the membership as to ways they can assist in the elevation of existing programs as well as ways to seek out new partnerships with local universities, clubs and high schools; and researching and vetting colleges and universities as potential targets for new programs, among other responsibilities.

The Sport Development and Outreach Committee will consist of five NFHCA members, with each active membership group represented. Tina Edmonds, club director at Texas Pride (Club), Jarred Martin, head coach at The Ohio State University (Division I), Bobbi Moran, head coach at The Kent Place School (High School), Jane Wells, head coach at Johns Hopkins University (Division III), and Tara Zollinger, head coach at Shippensburg University (Division II), were elected to serve on the Sport Development and Outreach Committee.

The third committee, the Division I Legislative Committee, chaired by Division I Group Representative, Carla Tagliente, will — among other duties — generate and solicit ideas for potential NCAA legislative proposals including oversight of all legislative surveys and comment periods and work with the NFHCA Office to respond to surveys and requests from the NCAA as well as other organizations.

The committee will be composed of representatives from each Division I conference. Colleen Fink, head coach at the University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League), and Helen Knull, head coach at Michigan State University (Big Ten Conference), were elected to serve on the committee. Seats for representatives from the America East Conference, the Atlantic-10 Conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East Conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, the Northeast Conference, the Mid-American Conference and the Patriot League remain unfilled.

If you, or another NFHCA member, is interested in filling any of the remaining open positions, please contact NFHCA Executive Director, Jenn Goodrich, at executivedirector@nfhca.org.