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This is Chris Clements' fifth year at Boston College. He comes to the Eagles with experience both coaching and playing at the international level.
In December 2010, Clements began serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team. Since joining the staff, he has traveled with the team to events in California, France and Argentina. This summer, the squad took part in the Champions Challenge II in France for the first time in the history of the program. Clements will continue assisting the U.S. National Team, as he will travel with the squad to the Pan American Games in Guadalajara this October.
In the most recent BC offseason, Clements also assisted with U.S. U21 boy's squad. He helped lead the Junior National Team to its best-ever California Cup finish in May.
In the summer of 2010, Clements was the Associate Head Coach of the New England High Performance field hockey team that competed in Virginia Beach at the Women's National Championships. Clements coached at the Junior National Camp in 2009 and 2010 where the U.S U16, U18 and U21 national teams were selected.
Clements earned his USFHA Level Two coaching award in 2009, and his Level Three award, the highest level awarded by USA Field Hockey, in 2010. Clements also received a recommendation to the Federation of International Hockey (FIH) Coaches Course. Lastly, he was a keynote speaker at the NFHCA National Coaches Convention 2010 and 2011.
Clements responsibilities at Boston College include overseeing recruiting matters and working on both offensive and defensive aspects of the Eagles game plan.
Before starting his tenure at Boston College, Clements was the coach and trainer Klein Zwitserland's U18 Girls Division Three National Championship team and U18 Boys Division One team, who finished in the top six in Holland. Clements was the initiator and director of the Klein Zwitserland Hockey Academy.
His other coaching experience includes the U18 and U16 New Zealand Boys teams, as well as heading the field hockey program at Christchurch Boys' High School in New Zealand. He was also the National Youth Talent Identifier for New Zealand Hockey.
As a competitor, Clements most recently played for the Netherland's Premier League club, Klein Zwitserland and for the New Zealand Men's selection. He began playing at the premier level in 1997 with New Zealand's Canterbury Cavaliers and continued in 2004, in the Netherlands with Kampong and Klein Zwitserland.
Clements hails from New Zealand, where he received a bachelor's degree specializing in physical education and a graduate diploma in teaching and learning from the University of Canterbury and Christchurch College of Education.
Prior to BC, he taught middle school physical education at the American School of The Hague in the Netherlands. Earlier in his career, Clements taught physical education at Christchurch Boys' High School, where he was also the Head of Health Education.
He was married to Jessica in the summer of 2010.