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Women's field hockey team adjusts to new coaching style

by Paul Cifonelli
Tue, Sep 4th 2018 11:00 pm
The women's field hockey team looks downfield as it defends the net from the oppositional offense. The Golden Eagles struggled with defense last year, giving up 76 goals, and are hoping to improve with the new coach.
The women's field hockey team looks downfield as it defends the net from the oppositional offense. The Golden Eagles struggled with defense last year, giving up 76 goals, and are hoping to improve with the new coach.

In sports, a coaching change can bring about more changes than what might appear on the surface. Existing players are now playing for a coach that did not recruit them. Incoming freshman are the only players that the new coach has hand-picked. All of the players are going to have to adjust to a new coaching style and philosophies. In some cases there are new drills and new terms being used. While this can be a tough transition, sometimes it works out right away.

For The College at Brockport’s women’s field hockey team, the coaching change saw immediate improvements that has coaches and players excited about the 2018 season. Last season, Krista Archambeau took over as the head coach of the program and saw the team’s record elevate from 2—16 in 2015 to 4—14 last year. While the record can be improved this season, the team and players feel as though they have everything in place to keep the program on the upswing.

Archambeau has tried her best to balance demanding the most out of her players and easing them into her newly developed system.

“When taking over any program, it takes time for the team to adjust to your values as a head coach. Getting those philosophies instilled in the team takes time,” said Archambeau. The players, especially her senior captains, have bought in and are working with the incoming freshman on buying into the coach’s philosophies.

Senior goalie Adriana DeDie is one of the captains that has bought into what Archambeau has been selling them. “Coach is really big on effort and hard work and I think that’s something the returners are continuing to focus on and trying to get the freshmen to follow” she said.

Having a senior captain accept and use the coach’s philosophies is key, but it helps that DeDie also happens to be the goalie. The goalie has all of the action in front of her and can adjust people as she deems necessary, almost acting as an on-field coach.

Another senior captain, Christina Conkling, echoed DeDie’s sentiments about their coach.

“Coach has brought a fresh coaching style to our team and her dedication to the team and passion for the sport has really inspired us to do better and look to achieve greatness. She is always pushing us to be our best and to strive for more,” said Conkling. The push from their coach has proven to pay dividends in the first year, now year two of Archambeau’s tenure figures to provide even more success.

Kelsey Devine, the third senior captain, along with sophomores Katie Ziemba, Meghan Lurz and Emily Hall figure to help DeDie and Conkling the most this season in their quest for a success. Ziemba is the leading returning goal scorer, while Devine will provide solid defense in front of DeDie.

With this returning group, mixed with a large and talented freshman class, another improvement in the win column is expected from this year’s team. 

“We need to come to work hard and be eager to learn every day. Consistency and being dedicated to our growth will allow for us to improve each game, which will bring more victories” Archambeau said.

The women’s field hockey team’s first home game is Sept. 5 against Nazareth college. The first SUNYAC game is Sept 22 at SUNY Oswego. Senior Day will be Saturday, Oct. 27 against Ithaca.

 

pcifo1@brockport.edu