By Lindsay Franco; Dinos Communications
September 13, 2013, Calgary, AB – The University of Calgary Dinos field hockey team is ready to turn over a new leaf for the 2013 season as the most important addition to the team is a new head coach.
Henré Meyer takes over the program after Jenn Swagar was at the helm for six seasons and hopes to make an impact in his first year with the Dinos.
“This year really is about learning while establishing a new culture within the squad, based on the guidance of the three Ds: desire, determination and discipline,” said Meyer. “However, regardless of learning or experience, each athlete takes immense pride in being a Dino and looks forward to competing with the best this season.”
The young Dinos squad has a lot to prove. Coming off a winless 2012 season that included just one tie and seven losses, Calgary’s hunger for wins is evident throughout the team, from veterans to first-years.
Two Canada West all-stars return to the pitch for their final years with the Dinos and will be key leaders this season. Forward Keara Chicquen and defender Courtney Duggan will help guide the Dinos in achieving their goals set out for this season. On top of that, defender Lindsay Koch and goalkeeper Steph Petrowitch return for their fifth and final years after sabbaticals and will share their experiences with younger athletes and preparing them for what’s ahead.
On the younger end of the team, forward Brittany Whittaker and defender Melanie Boonstra will hope to find their way onto the pitch this season, as well as newcomers Yuno Iwabuchi and Kieran Watson. The latter two Dinos join the squad while completing their undergrad and master’s degrees, respectively.
Unfortunately, the Dinos had to say goodbye to both Carolina Romeo and Sydney Hamm last season. Both were named Canada West all-stars in 2012 and Romeo went on to be named to the National Senior Development squad.
Regardless, Meyer’s main goal this season is to develop the young set of players for the years to come.
“We have set very realistic goals for this season, as well as looking at where we would like to be in two to three years’ time,” said the first-year coach. “With a squad predominantly composed of first and second years, we are looking to teach, improve and correct technical skills – resulting in each player having a greater skill set to draw on based on the game situation at hand. Along with this, we are looking at tactical development – both offensively and defensively.”
The Dinos field hockey season opens up on the road in Vancouver when they take on the UBC Thunderbirds Sept. 14-15. Their home opener will take place the following weekend when they host the Victoria Vikes, Sept 21-22.