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Harrow Sports today announced that Jana Withrow, a mainstay in the field hockey industry, has joined Harrow in a newly created position, Director of Field Hockey Sales. Withrow will be target retail and institutional accounts in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Jana is expected to make an immediate national impact on the Harrow Sports field hockey brand.
Jana brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Harrow Sports team. As an All American goalkeeper for the University of North Carolina, Withrow won 3 National Championships. She then went on to compete for the USA National Team for several years. After her playing career, Jana spent 7 seasons at her Alma Mater as an assistant coach before taking a head coaching position at Columbia University in New York. Her competitive background and coaching career promises to make her an invaluable addition to Harrow Sports.
“I am thrilled that Jana will be joining our team,” comments Mark Hayden, CEO, “She shares our values, our focus on innovation and our passion for the game. Jana has proven to be an extraordinary leader throughout her career, and with her knowledge of the marketplace, I am convinced she will be an incredible asset for Harrow Sports.”
“I am proud and honored to be able to join the Harrow Sports team. We have great momentum with our brand and I am very excited to begin my new role,” Withrow said. “I am a competitive person and the challenge of continuing to grow the Harrow field hockey and women's lacrosse lines drives me."
Harrow Sports is a leading marketer, manufacturer and distributor of squash, field hockey, lacrosse, ice hockey and racquet sports. Harrow also provides a comprehensive selection of customized team apparel, bags and footwear.
The article below was posted in the Loyola Pheonix- Good Luck this season Grant!
The Men’s Club Hockey Team plays their home games in Wilmette, a 20- to 30-minute car ride away from campus.
The men’s club hockey team is ready for new beginnings this year. Last year’s coaching staff is gone and a set of new coaches has been hired to take its place. Nobody on this staff has experience coaching college-level hockey, but that doesn’t mean they’re not familiar with the game or college-level play.
In fact, the 2013-2014 head coach, Grant Riendeau and assistant coach, Konrad Gawel, both graduated from Loyola last year. Both were staple forwards on the team the previous four seasons.
Current senior forward Michael Cronin played with both coaches the last three seasons and calls the adjustment from friend to coach “interesting.”
“We’re good friends and now we have to separate that friendship from coaching,” Cronin said. “But [Riendeau] can relate to us better and knows what we struggle with.”
Riendeau graduated with degrees in finance and marketing. And he still works close to Loyola, finding a (hockey-related) job in downtown Chicago as a sales consultant at Harrow, a sports equipment manufacturer.
While the staff is new, the coaches have made active changes to create a more distinguishable presence for the team within Loyola and the city of Chicago.
To begin that process, Riendeau spent time during the off season on the East Coast recruiting players to the team. In total, 12 new players are on the roster this season; the team held tryouts Monday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Sept. 1.
The new recruits as well as changes within the team are preparing the program to eventually reach its goal of becoming a Division I sport.
“There have been a lot of changes this season,” Riendeau said. “For the past four to five years, the team has been pretty stagnant. This year the talent level has increased; as a result, we see the culture changing.”
The culture of the hockey program is undergoing a transformation overhaul, and Riendeau compared it to the Chicago Cubs organization as both teams look to bring in new talent and create a dominant Chicago team.
“Chicago needs a college hockey team,” Riendeau said. “ We want to change the culture and how everyone thinks about it … There’s no NCAA Division I hockey team in the city. Our end goal is to be Division I; more doors open that way.”
For the team’s first home game this season it will take on Marquette University on Friday, Sept. 20 at 9:45 p.m. In case some fans aren’t able to attend the home opener, the Ramblers play Marquette again the next night at 9 p.m.
“Marquette’s a good team,” Cronin said. “It will be a good gauge to tell us where we are and what we need to do for the rest of the season.”
The team plays its home games in Wilmette, a 20- to 30-minute car ride from campus. But students don’t have to worry about figuring out which bus to take to get to the ice rink because this year, for home games, the team will provide a fan bus to take students to and from the games.
“When there’s a fan bus, more students get involved and the average fan bus will bring 100- plus students to the games,” Riendeau said. “We had that turnout at three-plus games last season. We’re trying to have a fan bus for every home game this season. Students can buy a ticket and get a shirt and a ride to and from the games. We’ll post signs around campus.”
“ When there are fans at the games, it’s exciting,” Cronin said. “I hope everyone comes out to the games this season.”
There will be plenty of time to make it to a game as hockey season runs from September to February. The team plays, on average, 30 games in the regular season.
The playoffs aren’t out of reach in the team’s mind this year.
“Making the playoffs is the goal,” Cronin said. “We haven’t done that in the three years I’ve played.”
“Last season our record was a few games below .500,” Riendeau said. “This year, I’m expecting to be five to seven games above .500. … This is basically a building year. We expect to be in a higher league than the one we’re in now next year.”
Currently, Loyola hockey is a part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II, Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division.
While the game schedule for the team spans nationwide, the practice schedule for the Ramblers can be described with one word: grueling. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the team has, what Coach Riendeau calls, “late-night” practices: It meets and leaves campus at 10 p.m. and after a half-hour drive, the team members are at the ice rink, but it takes them another half-hour to dress for practice. They’re on the ice from 11 p.m. to midnight and home by 1 a.m.
“We have practice so late because we have to wait for all of the guys to finish class,” Cronin said. “I’m used to it now. It’s difficult; you need to get all your schoolwork done before practice.”
Aside from those two on-ice practices per week, they also have two off-ice conditioning practices and then play two games each week.
“There are 12 new players, nine freshmen, a few seniors and a handful of juniors,” Riendeau said.
While there are many new players on the team, that only increases the team’s competitive drive. “This season, the team has a better attitude,” Cronin said. “We have a lot of young players and guys are fighting for spots. The competitiveness brings out the best in every player.”
Named after Harrow School in England, where the sport of squash was literally invented in the 1830's, Harrow Sports was originally founded as a squash supply company. Harrow Sports now carries field hockey, ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, apparel, and other racquet sports equipment. Even with the addition of the other product lines, we are committed to providing quality customer service and the best products on the market.
When Harrow Sports was founded, our vision was to provide innovative, quality equipment that caters to the needs and desires of our customers- and this remains our passion!
In 96 hours, the squash community around the world will be glued to the internet and social media outlets awaiting their fate. On September 8th, 2013 at 12:45pm (Buenos Aires Local Time) the International Olympic Committee, following the announcement of the 2020 Olympic Games Host City, will announce whether or not there will be a new sport joining the Olympic Games in 2020. The wrestling, baseball/softball, and squash communities have spent countless hours preparing their pitch to give their sport the best possible shot at joining (or re-joining) the Olympic Games.
For most athletes, the Olympic Games is the pinnacle of an athletic career. It’s the ultimate achievement, the universal symbol of success. For squash athletes around the world, it's no different. While the fate of their sport and their Olympic dreams lie in the hands of others, many would be willing to sacrifice anything to be able to have a chance at an Olympic medal.
To read more about the squash community and their journey for an Olympic bid, visit Squash 2020.
Kasey Brown backing the bid!
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2013 NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll
1. University of North Carolina
2. University of Maryland
3. Princeton University
4. University of Connecticut
5. Syracuse University
6. Penn State University
7. University of Virginia
8. Old Dominion University
9. University of Michigan
10. Duke University
11. Northwestern University
12. Stanford University
13. University of Iowa
14. University of Massachusetts
15. Northeastern University
16. Boston University
17. Drexel University
18. Wake Forest University
19. Boston College
20. University of New Hampshire
2013 NFHCA Division II Preseason Poll
1. West Chester University
2. Shippensburg University
3. Bloomsburg University
4. Millersville University
5. Merrimack College
6. Indiana University of PA
7. L I U Post
8. Bentley University
9. East Stroudsburg University
10. Stonehill College
2013 NFHCA Division III Preseason Poll
1. Tufts University
2. Montclair State University
3. Middlebury College
4. Bowdoin College
5. Salisbury University
6. University of Mary Washington
7. Franklin & Marshall College
8. Messiah College
9. Christopher Newport University
10. William Smith College
11. DePauw University
12. The College of New Jersey
13. Lynchburg College
14. Rowan University
15. Skidmore College
16. Amherst College
17. Eastern University
18. University of Rochester
19. Trinity College
20. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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