van Herwaarden will enter his third season at Harvard upon returning from The Hague this summer. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden will be joining Team USA as an assistant coach this spring as the U.S. makes its way to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014. van Herwaarden, who was designated interim head coach in January 2013, moved to the assistant position after newly appointed head coach Craig Parnham joined the team early last year.
van Herwaarden has been working with the national side ever since his appointment, serving as an assistant coach during the World League 2 in Rio de Janeiro and World League 3 in London in 2013. van Herwaarden, who enters his third season at Harvard, will join Team USA in Scotland when it participates in the Champions Challenge late next month. He will continue on with the team towards his native country, the Netherlands, where the 2014 World Cup will be played from May 31-June 15.
"I'm very excited about the upcoming events," van Herwaarden said. "The Champions Challenge in Glasgow will be a great tournament for us in preparation to the World Cup as we will face a few opponents who will be in The Hague as well."
At the upcoming events, van Herwaarden will work alongside Parnham and Janneke Schopman. Schopman also was appointed as assistant coach and will join Team USA from the Netherlands, where she was an outstanding player and former captain of the Dutch National Team which won gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The U.S. will face Argentina, England, Germany, China and South Africa in pool play.
"To coach the U.S. national team at the World Cup at home will be very special, and I cannot thank Harvard and the field hockey team enough for their flexibility and support to make this happen," he said. "It is always exciting to be part of a team thriving to be the best they can be and compete at the highest possible level at a major tournament with the World Cup at stake. I look forward to do well with Team USA and share my international experiences with the Harvard field Hockey team."
Furthermore, van Herwaarden received a tremendous honor from the International Hockey Federation by being invited to participate in the Final Coaching Course during the World Cup, which is extended to only a small selected group of International coaches. He earned this invitation based on his participation and assessment in the FIH high performance coaching course in India in 2010.