Legendary Pietie Coetzee-Turner Joins USA Field Hockey National Team

One of the most highly regarded strikers in the world, South Africa’s Pietie Coetzee-Turner has been appointed as Specialist Coach for the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team. Photo: gsport (Twitter)

One of the most highly regarded strikers in the world, South Africa’s Pietie Coetzee-Turner has been appointed as Specialist Coach for the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team.

The official announcement was made on Wednesday, 15 March 2023, sees Coetzee-Turner continue to make her mark in the sport across the globe.

The three-time Olympian has been involved in the game post retirement off the field since 2006, where she served as an assistant coach at Indiana University, while also holding numerous roles across South Africa. Along with leading the University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg as head coach, Coetzee-Turner was director of hockey at St. David’s Marist Inanda from 2016 to 2019.

From 2020 to 2022, Coetzee-Turner was the assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts. The Minutewomen posted back-to-back double-digit win seasons in 2021 and 2022, highlighted by an Atlantic 10 Championship appearance last season.

In January 2023, Coetzee-Turner was named the associate head coach at Wake Forest.

Speaking on Coetzee-Turner’s appointment, Head Coach David Passmore, said: “Pietie is an important addition to our team, and it has worked perfectly that she is moving close to Charlotte.

“She can work with our [drag] flickers and strikers on a weekly basis as we are behind in this area. She had an immediate impact during our Chula Vista training camp and the athletes responded to her wealth of international hockey knowledge,” he concluded.

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: One of the most highly regarded strikers in the world, South Africa’s Pietie Coetzee-Turner has been appointed as Specialist Coach for the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team. Photo: gsport (Twitter)

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