PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers first-year head field hockey coach Elizabeth Tchou has announced the hiring of Brian Schledorn and Tara Bedard as assistant coaches.
Last season, Schledorn served as assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach at Bates College in Lewiston, ME. His primary responsibilities were coordinating recruiting efforts, overseeing the conditioning program and on-field coaching. Bates finished 7-8 last season and qualified for the NESCAC Tournament.
Prior to his stint at Bates, Schledorn was the head field hockey coach at California-Santa Barbara for three seasons (1997-99) and Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista, CA, for one season.
Schledorn comes to Rutgers with an extensive international background as a member of the United States National Field Hockey Team. In 1999, he was on the U.S. team that placed fifth at the Pan-American Games and was an alternate on the 1996 Olympic Team. From 1992-97, Schledorn was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team, taking fourth place at the 1992 Junior Pan-American Games and ninth place at the 1996 Junior Pan-American Games.
“I’ve always respected Brian because of his openness to learn about the game,” said Tchou. “He’s a great teacher and coach because he truly loves the sport. I think he will do a fantastic job teaching our kids the fundamentals of field hockey in an atmosphere in which they will thrive.”
Bedard, a 2003 graduate of the University of Maine, saw action in all 19 games for the Black Bears in 2002 and led the team with 11 goals and 14 assists for 36 points. She was named to the 2002 STX/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America Third Team, All-America East First Team and America East All-Tournament Team. Bedard’s 14 assists as a senior were one shy of the school record of 15. She led the America East in scoring, (1.90 points per game) and assists and finished fifth in goals scored. She played in 73 career games and scored 26 goals and added 19 assists for 71 points.
“Tara is excited about coming to Rutgers and helping us turn the program around,” said Tchou. “As a former Division I athlete, she can relate well to the players and become a mentor to them. We’re very excited to have her on board.”
Bedard earned her bachelor’s degree from Maine in human development/family relations. She is originally from Skowhegan, ME.
Rutgers will begin the 2003 season on Aug. 30 at the Blue Hen Classic in Newark, DE. The Scarlet Knights take on West Chester on Aug. 30 at 11:30 a.m. and Delaware on Aug. 31 at 2:00 p.m. RU’s home-opener is Sept. 6 against Columbia at 1:00 p.m.