With four state championship game appearances in the last five years, Delmar Field Hockey is considered one of the elite programs in Delaware. We had the opportunity to get an insight of the Wildcats with their head coach Jodi Hollamon
WBOC: For years Delmar has made deep runs in the post-season, with roster turnover to graduation a regular event how do you keep the team playing a high level?
Hollamon: I try to instill the passion for the game that I have in my players. The hard work that they put in during the off-season allows us to compete each and every year. Its a tradition at Delmar, and our players know that.
WBOC: Have you gotten over last year’s loss in the state finals?
Hollamon: Its a new year, you can’t dwell on the past, you prepare for the future. We have been there, we know what is feels like to lose and that is in the back of the mind of every returning player….but the focus on the present, 2016 Delmar Field Hockey.
WBOC: Any talk of using that as motivation for this year?
Hollamon: Our players are motivated by each other. Each practice this pre-season has been intense because our players have the same goal, to get back to UD with the chance to win a State Title.
WBOC: Similar to the first question, why is the field hockey power in Delaware primarily in this part of the state (Sussex County)
Hollamon: It starts with the coaches in this area. Many have been dedicated to make their programs better or continue the traditions they have in place. Over the past 5 seasons, there have been 2 Henlopen Teams playing for the State Championship…and that speaks volumes for the programs in our area.
WBOC: What is your background (playing days – previous coaching stops) – how many years at Delmar?
Hollamon: Graduated from Pocomoke High School (field hockey, basketball & softball), played college field hockey at the Univeristy of Delaware. Coached 2 years at Mardela High School where we started the field hockey program back up, then Parkside High School for 8 years where we won the 2005 State 2A Field Hockey Championship and this is now my 8th season at Delmar High School.
WBOC: Who are looking to as leaders on this year’s team?
Hollamon: This years team is full of leaders, both young an old. Each player recognizes their role on the team, and they all look to each other for leadership. Regardless of age, I expect my players to speak up and hold each other accountable and this year our team is doing that.
WBOC: What aspect of coaching do you enjoy the most?
Hollamon: Watching players graduate from Delmar High School and our field hockey program, continue on to college whether its playing hockey or not and they still want to come back to support our team. Then I know….we have instilled the values of commitment and dedication, and that will go a long way in their lives.