BROCKPORT, N.Y. — This month, the NFHCA Board of Directors voted to accept the recommendation of the NFHCA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to appoint Courtney Deena as their representative on the NFHCA Board of Directors.
“We’re excited to welcome Courtney to the NFHCA Board of Directors,” said NFHCA president, Anne Parmenter. “Her energy and enthusiasm not just for coaching and the sport of field hockey, but also for DEI work, will be an essential and welcome addition to our group. She has already given so much of her time and energy to the NFHCA and we are so grateful that she is willing to continue her service to our association and our coach members.”
“I am genuinely honored to be able to serve as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion representative on the NFHCA Board of Directors,” said Deena. “I have a deep passion for field hockey and working to ensure that all athletes in our sport feel that they belong while being true to their most authentic self. The NFHCA is an incredible organization that I know is equally committed to creating inclusive environments within our sport where everyone feels that they belong.”
Deena is the assistant coach at Hofstra University in New York and has served in that role since 2019.
At Hofstra, Deena is a member of the Hofstra University Athletics Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Hofstra DEI Committee called Hofstra 4 All, she also sits on the Hiring Practices Committee. She was the catalyst in the creation of “No Locker For Racism” at Hofstra, a campaign asking student-athletes, coaches, and administrators to take a pledge to eradicate racism in college sports. In November 2020, Deena was also named to the Colonial Athletic Association’s CAA Family — United for Change Executive Committee, as Hofstra’s representative.
Deena graduated from the University of Maryland in 2017 where she played for four years on the field hockey team and graduated with a degree in American studies. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education and Policy Studies at Hofstra.
In addition to her service on the NFHCA Board of Directors, Deena also sits on the NFHCA Black Coaches Council, the NFHCA DEI Committee, and the NFHCA Sport Development Committee. Deena also was a panelist for the NFHCA’s Coaching During COVID panel held in November 2020.
Deena will take her seat on the Board immediately.