Head Coach, Women's National Team
Craig was appointed to the role of Head Coach for the U.S. Women's National Team in January 2013. Craig was part of the team that led Great Britain to two Olympic Games and multiple podium finishes on the international stage between 2007-2012.
As Assistant Coach, Parnham was instrumental in the successes of Great Britain and England Hockey. With his direction and leadership, England had a remarkable run of podium finishes, including World Cup bronze in 2010, European bronze medals in 2009 and 2011 and bronze medals at the Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games in 2010. The team rose in international world rankings from No. 11 in 2007 to No. 4 in 2012, culminating in a silver medal at the Champions Trophy in February 2012 and a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. In addition to being the Assistant Coach for the senior women, Parnham also served as the Head Coach of Great Britain’s Under-21 Junior Women’s Squad. Parnham led the junior team to a gold medal at the Australia Youth Olympic Festival in 2009 and a fourth place finish at the Junior World Cup in Boston, Massachusetts, the highest finish for England’s U21 Team to date.
Parnham represented England and Great Britain 115 times and competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games as well as the 2002 World Cup. Throughout his playing career, Parnham completed his coaching qualifications and coached at Bromsgrove School as First Team Coach and then became Director of Hockey. Upon his retirement following the 2004 Olympic Games, Parnham embarked on a career with the Scottish Hockey Union as High Performance Coach before taking on an Assistant Coaching role with England Hockey.
In 2009, Craig was selected to join the inaugural UK Sport Elite Coach Apprentice Programme from which he graduated in 2011. He has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Elite Coaching from the University of Central Lancashire.
Director of Performance Science
With over 12 years of experience in the strength and conditioning field, Hamilton has programmed and coached athletes at all levels, in a variety of sports, including current Olympic, World and Commonwealth medalists. Hamilton was successful in leading and developing a highly innovative approach to strength and conditioning for Great Britain’s Women’s Hockey Team that podium finished at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
As Director of Performance Science, Hamilton’s role will be to develop a fully integrated physical performance program geared around a training environment that is conducive for physical performance.
"We are delighted to have secured Dave Hamilton as the Director of Performance Science for USA Field Hockey,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Craig Parnham. "Dave brings an unrivaled wealth of knowledge and experience relating to elite level female field hockey. Dave's role will include addressing the physical preparation of the team as we move through our training and competition program as well as overseeing the input of additional service providers within the Women's National Team Program."