|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
Entering his seventh season at Maryland, Tjerk van Herwaarden came to College Park in the height of the Terps' success. He joined the staff as an assistant coach in 2005 and promptly helped the team capture back-to-back national titles before adding two for four in six years (2008, 2010).
"Tjerk has had an incredible impact on the Terps, helping us win three national titles in the last four years," head coach Missy Meharg said. "His patience and ability to read tactical adjustments are major strengths. His game knowledge is not only evident in training sessions but also in video work and fundamental teaching sessions."
A native of the Netherlands, van Herwaarden was named the team's Technical Director/Coach in 2007. He owns extensive coaching experience and knowledge of field hockey having served as an assistant coach, head coach and technical director at every national and international level over the last decade. He is the only current coach in the country to have won national championships in NCAA Division I, USA Field Hockey (USAFH) Women's High Performance and the USAFH Men's National Championship.
Most recently, his experience and knowledge has been called upon by the U.S. National Field Hockey program, serving as an assistant coach with the U.S. men's national team since 2006, traveling to the 2007 Pan American games and the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Auckland, New Zealand in 2008. He was a part of the coaching staff that led the U.S. men's national team to the silver medal at the 2009 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile - the highest finish ever for the USA men. He has also coached the women's U-16 team in 2006, traveling to his home country, and the U-19 team in Argentina in 2007.
Along with working with the U.S. men's team, van Herwaarden was also selected head coach of the USFHA's High Performance Thundersticks squad in 2007. He led the team to the 2006 USFHA national championship.
Prior to joining the Terps, van Herwaarden served as head coach of the Gooische women's team 2nd Division in the Netherlands, considered to have the best field hockey competition in the world, since 2003. His main focus was on development of technical and tactical skills.
From 1999-2003, van Herwaarden was an assistant coach of the Kampong 1st Ladies club team, leading them to the semifinals of the National Championship in back-to-back years. While with the team, he mentored some of the country's top field hockey players who went on to win a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and are current members of the Dutch National team.
Van Herwaarden has devoted much of his time teaching the sport of field hockey. He was coach for the KNHB, the Royal Dutch field hockey association, youth development program for five years and was a coach conductor for the same organization, planning course programs and the educational structure for coursework related to the sport. He currently is a USAFH level 2 coaching course presenter and assessor.
Van Herwaarden is the owner and co-founder of Worldcamp USA, which runs Dutch field hockey camps in the United States, and also serves as technical director. He has been a clinician for eight years at the National Field Hockey Festival and is a KNHB Level A and B licensed coach. He has been a guest speaker at the NFHCA's national coaches convention on several occasions.
Van Herwaarden's technical expertise earned him a Level III coaching certification, the highest coaching accreditation by the USFHA, in the fall of 2007. He is one of only five coaches in the United States to have reached Level III status and has been given the recommendation to complete an International FIH Coaching Course.
Van Herwaarden was also an account manager for SNS Bank in the Netherlands dating back to 1999 until leaving his post to come to Maryland. He earned a business economics degree at HES, the college for economics in Amsterdam, in 1997.