NFHCA announces 2024 Board of Directors election results

by | Feb 23, 2024 | 2023-2024, News

Photo credit: Bates College and Northwestern University

MANAHAWKIN, NJ — As a result of the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) elections, the NFHCA Executive Director and Nominating Committee Chair have confirmed that Dani Kogut and Georgia Holland will take their seats on the NFHCA Board of Directors. Tamara Durante has been reelected to a second term in her respective board position.

Dani Kogut has been elected to the role of Vice President of Membership. She currently serves as the head coach of Bates College, where she has led the Bobcats for 11 seasons and was named 2023 NESCAC Coaching Staff of the Year. She has previously served on the NFHCA All-American Committee while continuing to sit on the Bylaws Committee.

At Bates College, Kogut is also the co-chair of the Athletics DEI Committee. Before Bates, she served as head coach at the University of New England for two years and held previous assistant coach positions at the University of Vermont and Tufts University. She is a former camp director for Revolution Field Hockey Camps in IL., MA, and ME. as well as the former Director of Coastal Field Hockey, a non-profit field hockey club in Maine. During her time with Coastal, the organization was honored with the USA Field Hockey Grow the Game Award in 2018. Kogut is also the current co-director of Main(e) Event Field Hockey Camps, which pulls nine together college/university programs in Maine.

“I am deeply grateful to the NFHCA membership and thank them for entrusting me with this role. It has been a privilege to serve on other NFHCA committees and I am looking forward to this new opportunity with the association. Through my various roles with the NFHCA, youth field hockey, and collegiate field hockey I have learned the power of connection and belonging, and I hope to positively strengthen this exceptional community of coaches in the years to come.” – Dani Kogut

Georgia Holland, current Associate Head Coach at Northwestern University, chaired the NFHCA Ad Hoc Coaches Poll Enhancement Committee in 2023. She has coached at Northwestern since 2018 after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan State University. At Northwestern, she received the NFHCA Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2021 and 2023 alongside her fellow coaches. Holland has worked extensively with USA Field Hockey. Since 2018, she has worked within the Olympic Developmental Program in coaching stints for both the U21 and U17 national teams. She helped lead the U21 USA team to a bronze medal finish at the 2021 Junior Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

“I am excited to be joining the NFHCA board as the DI representative. I’m passionate about serving the DI member coaches in helping to drive our sport in the right direction. I pride myself on being an active listener and I plan to use that skill in this leadership role. I hope to be someone who coaches feel comfortable approaching with their concerns and ideas. I can’t wait to get to work with this awesome group of NFHCA members.” – Georgia Holland

Tamara Durante was re-elected for a second term as the Associate/Assistant Coach Representative.

For the past seven seasons, Durante has been part of the Michigan State Spartans’ coaching staff. Before her time in Lansing, she spent ten years as an assistant and associate head coach at Yale University. Durante is involved with USFHA and won a gold medal as an assistant coach for the Under-21 U.S. team at the Junior Pan American Games in 2008. Durante also served as an assistant coach for the USA Under-19 National Team and its successor, the USA Rise Team, taking home the gold with the U-19 Team at the 2019 Young Women’s National Championship and claiming the bronze medal with the Rise squad at the 2021 Young Women’s National Championship.

A special thanks go to Tracey Fuchs, head coach at Northwestern University, who served one full term as the Vice President of Membership for the NFHCA, and to Jamie Montgomery, former coach at the University of Richmond who served a term as the Division I Representative. During their tenure on the NFHCA Board of Directors, the association has increased its membership, implemented a three-year strategic plan, and initiated many initiatives to include the Campfire Mentoring program and additional professional development opportunities.

To learn more about the NFHCA Board of Directors and their responsibilities, review our bylaws. The newly elected board members officially begin their terms of service on March 1, 2024 and will go through an onboarding process before the April 2024 NFHCA Board of Directors meeting.

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a nonprofit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.