GILBERT, Ariz. — The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is excited to announce that, in association with USA Field Hockey and WeCOACH, Marlene Bjornsrud has agreed to speak at the 2020 NFHCA Annual Convention.
Bjornsrud, whose career has centered around women's sports, is currently serving as a consultant for USA Field Hockey whose mission is to sustain and grow college field hockey in the United States. With a grant provided by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), Bjornsrud has interviewed coaches, athletic directors, senior woman administrators, as well as conference and NCAA administrators from across all three divisions.
Her presentation "Where do we go from here? Building a movement for the good of the game." presented by USA Field Hockey and powered by WeCOACH, will explore her recent research examining the tough questions facing intercollegiate field hockey and suggest a pathway for growth.
Bjornsrud has been a leader and advocate for women's sports as an athlete, coach, and administrator at the college and professional levels for more than 35 years. As an executive administrator of nonprofit organizations in the sports world, she has been recognized by her peers, the White House and the International Olympic Committee for her accomplishments and vision.
She has won a myriad of awards for her lifetime of work of helping girls and women find full participation in sports. Bjornsrud will come to the 2020 NFHCA Annual Convention in her current role as a consultant for USA Field Hockey but brings a wealth of other experience to the Lake Mary venue.
She began her career in sports at Grand Canyon University where she was named the school's women's tennis coach in 1979 and led her team to the NAIA National Tennis Championship in 1981. She served as an athletic administrator at Grand Canyon and later at Santa Clara University with broad responsibilities for more than a dozen sports. In 2000, with the formation of the first women's professional soccer league in the United States, she was named general manager of the Bay Area team which won the first league championship in 2001. In 2004 with U.S. Women's National Team soccer stars Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain, she founded Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI). From 2014 to 2016, she served as executive director of the Alliance of Women Coaches, the only organization of its kind supporting women coaches from all sports across the nation and beyond. In her role, she worked closely with the NCAA Office of Inclusion and directed the NCAA Women Coaches Academy.
"Where do we go from here? Building a movement for the good of the game." is currently scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2020 during the General Membership Meeting. Coaches and field hockey supporters can register for the 2020 NFHCA Annual online or by mail.