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Harvard’s Tjerk van Herwaarden Named Interim Coach of USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team

Van Herwaarden is the fifth coach in the 38-year history of Harvard field hockey (photo Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  Harvard field hockey coach Tjerk van Herwaarden has been named the interim head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team,  USA Field Hockey announced today. Van Herwaarden will serve on a provisional basis while the current Women's National Team head coach, Craig Parnham, relocates from Great Britain to the United States.

Van Herwaarden will run the Women's National Team's training beginning Jan. 28 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The team will use the training session to prepare for the upcoming International Hockey Federation's World League Round 2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 4-10.

"I am very excited to join the U.S. Women's National Team for the upcoming weeks. It is a great honor to work with the best athletes in the nation that represent their country," said van Herwaarden. "I feel fortunate that Harvard Athletics is supporting me in pursuit of this opportunity, and I know that the field hockey program at Harvard is in great hands with the coaching staff. I look forward to sharing my experiences with them when I return."

This will not be van Herwaarden's first experience with USA Field Hockey, as he was a part of the United States' staff that guided the Red, White and Blue to its best finish in the Pan American Games, a silver medal in 2009. He has also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team that traveled to the Olympic qualifying tournament in Auckland, New Zealand in 2008 and the 2007 Pan American Games.

Van Herwaarden will run Team USA until Parnham passes immigration clearance. He is expected to arrive in the United States in early February.

Prior to coming to Harvard, van Herwaarden served as an assistant at Maryland for seven seasons. He helped the Terrapins to five NCAA titles (2005, '06, '08, '10, '11), including a pair of back-to-back titles. In his first year with the Crimson, van Herwaarden's squad produced two All-Ivy League selections in sophomore Caitlin Rea and senior Kim Goh