COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Duke University assistant coach Ralph Boersma has been appointed to coach within USA Field Hockey’s women’s Junior High-Performance program for the 2018-19 season, as announced by the organization Thursday. Boersma will serve as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-19 women’s national team.
Boersma joined the Duke coaching staff in March, 2017. His first season with the Blue Devils included a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals. He helped direct the squad to a 17-4 ledger and a No. 2 spot in the final national rankings of the fall. Under Boersma’s guidance, junior forward Rose Tynan and sophomore midfielder Margaux Paolino garnered third team All-America and first team All-South Region accolades from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Tynan and Paolino also received All-ACC recognition while leading Duke in goals and assists, respectively.
Prior to arriving in Durham, Boersma spent a number of years overseeing teams for the HV Victoria hockey club in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He most recently served as the head coach of the club’s U-19 Boys Team from 2014-16 and occasionally as a field trainer for HV Victoria’s First Men’s Team. In addition to his time spent with the HV Victoria hockey club, he also coached with HC Hoeksche Waard club program, based in Mijnsheerenland, The Netherlands. Boersma also served as head coach of the First Men’s Team from 2011-15 and head coach of the U-19 Boys squad from 2009-11.
Boersma’s coaching career also includes previous experience in the United States, as he spent the summer of 2014 training athletes in the Virginia Beach area and the summer of 2013 working with players at Total Dutch Field Hockey in New Jersey.
Boersma currently holds a Level 2 Coaching Certification from USA Field Hockey.
“I am honored and thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with these elite young athletes,” Boersma said. “It will also be a great experience to work alongside the other coaches and learn from them. I’m proud to be a part of the development of top-level, USA Field Hockey athletes.”
Boersma will serve as an assistant coach alongside U-19 USWNT head coach Ole Keusgen of Virginia and assistant coach Tamara Durante of Michigan State.