Chris Clements Hired as Head Coach for U.S. National Team
Dec. 12, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boston College Field Hockey associate head coach Chris Clementshas accepted the position as the U.S. Men's National Team head coach, effective January 1, 2012, according to an announcement made by USA Field Hockey.
"I am thrilled for this opportunity that Chris has earned," head coach Ainslee Lambsaid. "I look forward to supporting him with his many successes in the near future with the men's senior and junior teams. I know that USA field hockey is gaining a stellar coach and fantastic person. I will always be grateful for his contributions, commitment and loyalty to Boston College and to the many young women in the field hockey program that he impacted."
Clements, who traveled with the men's national team to Guadalajara for the Pan American Games in October, is looking forward to taking the helm of Team USA.
"I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the USA men's program," Clements said. "I am excited by the potential of the current group and the young talent that is starting to emerge through the junior ranks to help us push up the world rankings in the coming years. There has been a lot of work done in the past by Nick Conway and I will look to build on this to help the development of the men's game throughout the country."
Clements recently finished his fifth season at BC. During his tenure, the Eagles registered a 59-38 overall record. He helped lead BC to the NCAA Tournament in 2009, marking the team's first appearance at the tournament in four years. The Eagles' offense flourished under Clements' tutelage, as the 2008 squad finished second on the all-time records list for most goals in a game with 11 against Appalachian State, and the 2009 team ranked second all-time with 70 goals in a season. Under his guidance, Boston College attackers accumulated several honors, including standout forwards Chelsey Feole's (2006-09) and Bob Dirks' (2005-08) First-Team All-American accolades, and Courtney Tavener's (2008-11) and Janna Anctil's(2007-10) First-Team All-Northeast Region distinctions.
The New Zealand native also acted as an associate head coach for the New England Senior High Performance team, and in 2010, his squad competed in Virginia Beach at the Women's National Championship. In December 2010, Clements joined the men's national program as an assistant coach and has worked alongside former head coach Nick Conway over the last year leading up to the Pan American Games.
"Chris has refined tactical awareness along with great communication and organizational skills," said Terry Walsh, Technical Director for High Performance at USA Field Hockey. "He has already earned significant respect from the team and he will undoubtedly develop key changes in the senior and junior squads, which will reflect the subtle directional changes he will want to bring to the squads. Chris has also spent valuable time with Ainslee Lambin the Boston College environment and he comes to us from BC having had enormous support from Ainslee and her program."
Clements and his wife, Jess, will relocate to California during the first week of the New Year.