Aug. 23, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head field hockey coach Amy Robertson has announced the addition of Assistant Coach Phil Edwards to the program's coaching staff this season.
Edwards brings an impressive resume to the IU program, which Robertson is thrilled to have as an addition to her staff. "We're very excited to have Phil join our staff," said Robertson. "He's passed his Level 3 accreditation, which is the highest level of coaching accreditation in the United States. He has coaching credentials from Great Britain and even an officiating license. He's very knowledgeable and a great teacher of the game."
Edwards, a native of Heswall, England, comes to Indiana after working with the WC Eagles Field Hockey Club in Spring City, Penn. He brings with him years of experience as well as England Hockey and USA Field Hockey Level 3 coaching qualifications. He's recently been working with the USA U21 squad in preparation for the Junior Pan American Championships this month.
Prior to arriving in the United States, he worked for the England Hockey Board, where he served as the Young People and Students Intern. Edwards worked with junior performance squads while serving as a centrally contracted goalkeeping coach in addition to developing and writing a variety of coaching support resources for In2Hockey, a youth development program for aspiring athletes.
While working with the England Hockey Board, Edwards served as an Assistant Coach at Loughborough University during the 2009-2011 seasons. He assisted with all aspects of both the men's and women's squads and worked closely with the National Performance Centre coaching staff. During that time, Edwards also completed his Masters in Sport Science at Nottingham Trent University, specializing in Performance Analysis and Skill Acquisition.
A 2005 graduate of Loughborough University, Edwards helped his squad to two British University Championships (2002, '03), two National Indoor Championship titles (2003, '04, `05) as well as three European Indoor Championships (2004, '05, '06). He was also a member of the England U18 Squad in 2000.