After assisting the Terrapin field hockey team during spring workouts, Clemens Arnold remains with the team as a volunteer assistant coach this fall. Arnold brings with him an impressive field hockey background which include stints as the German Men's National Team's goaltender and experience at the Olympic Games.
Arnold will be assisting in daily practices, while helping the staff with the teaching and development of the attack and defense, specializing in the goalkeeper position.
"Because of his experience as an Olympic goaltender, Clemens brings with him a wealth of knowledge and the subtleties of the international game," said Terrapin head coach Missy Meharg. "He not only assists with the goaltenders, but also helps out in all aspects of the game. He will be spending a lot of time on his aeronautical engineering studies here at Maryland, but we are very appreciative of the time he is able to dedicate to the team."
Arnold was a goalkeeper for the German National Team from 1998-2004, serving as team captain his final two years. He was a member of two Olympic teams, winning a silver medal at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece, and at the 2000 Sydney Games, he helped his team to a fifth-place. The Germans captured the 2002 World Championship title then followed up with the 2003 European Championship crown. In November of 2001, he also led his team to first place at the Champions Trophy Tournament in Rotterdam, Holland, en route to Keeper of the Tournament honors. Arnold was also tabbed Sportsman of the Year and received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt award, the highest athletics honor presented by the President of Germany.
Arnold was a member of Germany's Junior National Team from 1994-98, winning the Junior European Championship title in 1998 and placing third at the Junior World Cup in England in 1997.
Arnold is currently taking graduate courses at the University of Maryland in Aeronautical Engineering. He has a degree in airplane construction and design from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany. The subject of his thesis was the construction of the Boeing 777. He also graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany, in 2000, majoring in airplane systems.
A native of Hamburg, Germany, Arnold is currently living in Alexandria, Va.