Through the Eyes of a Little Girl

I hope that you will join me and the other Trustees in supporting Lancaster County’s Team USA. As a USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame Member and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the United States Field Hockey Foundation (USFHF), it is a privilege to call Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, PA our home. Team USA makes us proud on and off the field, as they represent our country and Lancaster, at home and all around the world!

Through the Eyes of a Little Girl….

I was born at Lancaster General Hospital and raised in Lancaster just 3.2 miles from The Nook. I played sports at an early age and tried anything I could get involved in – gymnastics, swimming, softball, basketball, and track - but it was field hockey that won my heart. After competing as a three-sport athlete at Hempfield High School, I went on to Old Dominion University where we won three Division I National Championships. In the midst of my sophomore year, I was named to the US National Team and found myself on a plane to Australia to compete in the 1990 World Cup. My nine-year Team USA journey had begun! We earned a bronze medal at the 1994 World Cup, a silver medal at the 1995 Pan American Games, and I was an alternate to the 1996 Olympic Team. In the midst of my US career, I fell in love with coaching. First at James Madison University, followed by opportunities in the Netherlands where I played and coached for the Amsterdam Hockey & Bandy Club (AH&BC), and eventually at Yale University in the fall of 1997.

From player to coach to governance, I currently serve as an International Hockey Federation (FIH) Executive Board Member. I sit around the boardroom with men and women from all over the world including Argentina, Canada, Egypt, Germany, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, and Trinidad & Tobago – as we make decisions that impact the sport globally.

As I finish my eighteenth year coaching at Yale University, it’s easy to look back at where this all began…Lancaster, PA and my first 18 years.

It all began, Through the Eyes of a Little Girl…

Come support Team USA! This may be your daughter, colleague, niece, neighbor, mentor, cousin, former player, employee, daughter-in-law, teammate, boss, granddaughter, friend or hero.

Dreams do come true! For Team USA it exists in a place they ALL call home – Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

About the Author

Pam (Neiss) Stuper, is the Chairperson, US Field Hockey Foundation Board of Trustees. Pam is a member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, has spent the past 10 years as head coach at Yale, following eight seasons as an assistant. At the helm Stuper led the Bulldogs to an Ivy League championship in 2011 - the school's first since 1980. The championship came as part of a remarkable run of success for the Bulldogs under Stuper, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. Stuper was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.