Marybeth Freeman to Lead NFHCA as Next President

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association, Inc. and its Executive Board are pleased to announce that Marybeth Freeman, Head Field Hockey Coach at Temple University, has been selected as the next President of the NFHCA.  Marybeth was selected by a vote of the 2017-18 NFHCA Membership.  Her term of service as the NFHCA President will begin immediately.

"I'm honored to have the membership’s support and belief in my ability to lead this great organization,” stated Freeman.  “Along with the dedication and knowledge of those already on the Executive Board, I’m confident we will continue to provide our current and future members with exemplary leadership. Though it’s humbling to be voted NFHCA President, it’s the opportunity to collaboratively work with so many great minds to better our profession which makes my new role very exciting."

"I was thrilled when I heard the news of Marybeth's election as the next NFHCA President; thrilled for our organization and thrilled for our Executive Board,” stated Andy Whitcomb, NFHCA Past President.  “As an organization, we will be in excellent hands with Marybeth at the helm.  I have always valued her insight and wisdom during Executive Board meetings, and I am fully confident that Marybeth will appeal to all divisions and levels. Her personality and sense of humor will put people at ease, and her warmth is infectious.  I look forward to seeing all that Marybeth will accomplish; she has fresh ideas, and she is truly committed to the sport of field hockey and the coaching body.  It will be my pleasure to work alongside Marybeth in her inaugural year, and I am truly excited about the future direction of our organization."

Marybeth Freeman, a five-time NCAA Division I champion as a player and coach, has been the head field hockey coach of Temple University since March of 2015.

Freeman led the Owls to back-to-back BIG EAST Tournament berths in her first two seasons, highlighted by an appearance in the championship game in 2015.

Over her three years, Freeman has had five Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region selections, seven All-BIG EAST selections and a Longstreth/NFHCA All-American in Alyssa Delp ('16). Her teams have also excelled off the field, particularly in 2016 when the Owls tied for fifth among all NCAA Division I field hockey teams with a program grade-point average of 3.56. Temple had 16 players named to the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad, tying for the most honorees of all
teams in the BIG EAST Conference. That number matched the Owls' total
of honorees from 2015, when they also led all teams in the league.

Freeman came to Temple after spending five seasons as the head field hockey coach for Columbia University.  She previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland for seven seasons, winning three national championships with the Terps.

Freeman has also served as the head goalkeeping and defense coach for the US Field Hockey High Performance Mid-Atlantic Region, in addition to working with the US Field Hockey Futures program.

She is a 2003 graduate of Old Dominion University, and helped the Lady Monarchs win national titles in 1998 and 2000. The four-year starter also led her team to a Colonial Athletic Association title in each
year of her collegiate career. In addition to her success on the field, Freeman excelled in the classroom as she was a four-year NFHCA Academic All-American.

Freeman earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from ODU in 2003 and earned her master’s in education from Maryland in 2008.