HOUSTON, TEXAS - Head field hockey coach Marybeth Freeman recently participated in the Greg Gephart Clinic in Houston, Texas at the Kinkaid School. Freeman was one of six head coaches across all divisions to take part in the cause.
The clinic is put on by the Greg Gephart Fund for Youth Field Hockey (GGF) which was formed in early 2000 in honor and memory of Greg Gephart. Gephart was a teacher, coach, mentor, friend, and colleague who had a special interest in field hockey that began with coaching in high school and led him to experience field hockey on many levels. The mission of the fund is to create unique avenues that encourage the development of youth players, coaches, and umpires to further the growth of field hockey in the United States.
"Being a part of this year's Greg Gephart Clinic in Houston, Texas was a terrific privilege," said Freeman. "Working alongside five other NCAA head field hockey coaches, a wonderful crew of assistant clinicians from top level field hockey programs, and in memory of a man who gave a tremendous amount for the benefit of the sport, made for an inspiring weekend. The attitudes, coach-ability and energy of the participating athletes, from Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth and Oklahoma, made it such a positive experience for everyone involved. Though I did not have the honor to meet Greg Gephart, the stories that were told by some of the people he inspired, were ones
of passion and dedication to building the sport."
Every two years, The Fund runs a clinic to teach playing skills to participants and to allow for mentorship between coaches and players. One of Gephard's greatest strengths was teaching life through the game of field hockey, and that is exactly why the clinic has been so successful. Now in it fifth year, the clinic is a way to teach the youth involved in field hockey the fundamentals to be not only great players, but to grow into great mentors themselves.