April 17, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Miami University head field hockey coach Jill Reeve has been named by USA Field Hockey as part of its staff with the United States National Team as it heads to Rome, Italy for the World Cup Qualifying Tournament from April 25-May 6. Reeve will serve as the team's manager and will handle a variety of duties, both on and off the field.
At the tournament, the 18-member USA team will meet Olympic gold medalist Germany, World Cup qualifier Ireland and host Argentina, which enters the tournament as the world's No. 2-ranked team.
Reeve spent 12 years as a player for Team USA and served as the team's captain on three occasions. She competed in three World Cups, earning a bronze medal in 1994, and represented her country at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1999, Reeve received her sport's highest honor, as she was named the United States Field Hockey Association Female Athlete of the Year.
In 2005, Reeve, who completed her second season as Miami's head coach, led the Red and White to its first 10-win season since 1996 and the program's first-ever Mid-American Conference Tournament championship game.
The top five teams at the 12-team qualifying tournament will join Argentina, Australia, Germany, India, The Netherlands, South Africa and host Spain at the Women's World Cup, Sept. 27-Oct. 7 in Madrid.
Currently 12th in the world rankings, the USA enters the qualifier as the No. 6 seed behind top-seed China, No. 2 New Zealand, No. 3 Korea, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 England. The USA will open play against Ireland on April 25 and will compete in a Pool B field that also includes New Zealand, Korea, Azerbaijan and host Italy.
Team USA leaves for the tournament today (April 17) with a stop over in The Netherlands for some training games against the club team Klein Zwitzerland and the Dutch U23 squad before continuing on to Rome.
The United States has appeared in the World Cup in each of the last six editions of the quadrennial event dating back to 1983.