US Field Hockey Names Beth Anders To Temporary Coaching Staff

April 11, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 11, 2003

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - U.S. Field Hockey has named Old Dominion Univ. head coach Beth Anders and former Univ. of North Carolina associate head coach Nick Conway to temporary coaching positions with the U.S. women's national team.

Anders, who previously served as head coach for the U.S. national team in 1985 and again from 1990-93, will serve as the head coach in the temporary role while Conway, who spent 8 years as a coach at North Carolina, joins the staff as an assistant coach. The temporary positions are part-time and Anders will continue her coaching duties at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. while training the U.S. team in its residency program in Virginia Beach. Both Anders and Conway serve as head coaches in U.S. Field Hockey's elite-level Summer League.

The temporary positions became necessary when head coach Tracy Belbin was granted a leave of absence following the team's March tour to Japan. Anders and Conway are expected to coach the squad through its next scheduled tour to Spain, April 27-May 7.

"We are very fortunate to have two top coaches like Beth Anders and Nick Conway step in and support U.S. Field Hockey at this time," said U.S. Field Hockey Executive Director Amy Frankenstein. "This combination gives us two very complementary coaches on the staff, and their unique styles will be a benefit to the team in its training for this summer's Pan American Games."

Scheduled for August 1-16 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the Pan American Games serve as a qualifying event for the 2004 Olympic Games. The winner of the Pan Am Games earns the continental berth in Athens in 2004.

A 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, Anders owns a 430-64-7 record as head coach at Old Dominion while leading the Lady Monarchs to nine national championships. As head coach of the U.S. National team, Anders guided the squad to a bronze medal at the 1991 Pan Am Games and a qualifying berth in the 1994 World Cup.

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Conway served eight years as an assistant and associate head coach at North Carolina before resigning in January. He helped coach the Tar Heels to NCAA national championships in 1995, '96 and '97. As head coach of the Southern Charm of U.S. Field Hockey's Summer League, Conway led the team to a pair of titles in 2001 and 2002. He also served as an assistant coach on U.S. Field Hockey tours including the 2001 America's Cup.