Hempfield turns to Page

By on July 13, 2016

 Former CHS, Syracuse star named head field hockey coach

Cocalico graduate Jordan Page is shown during her Syracuse days.

Cocalico graduate Jordan Page is shown during her Syracuse days.

Jordan Page spent her high school field hockey years playing for her mother Krista while leading Cocalico to its best run in school history.

Now, after a stellar four-year college career at Syracuse, the two will be reunited on the field once again.

Recently, the younger Page was hired as the new head coach at Hempfield, replacing Julianne Bojanic, who resigned after last season. It will be the first head position for Page, a 2015 Syracuse grad who recently returned to the States after playing overseas in Ireland while working on her Masters.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity,” Page said recently. “Obviously Hempfield is a very successful program and I just think it’s great to be at a school that has a lot of support from the athletic department and the school itself. They have great facilities and it really gives me an opportunity to make the kids better and continue to grow the program.”

One of Page’s first orders of business once she got the job was to put together what has turned out to be an all-star staff. Her mother Krista, who led Cocalico to a State finals berth with Jordan as her star player in 2010, will be one of her assistants. Also joining the staff will be former Penn Manor assistant Lisa McCoy, who led Manheim Central to a pair of State playoff berths in her three years as head coach before stepping down following last season.

“When I went through the process I really wanted to have people behind me with experience,” Jordan explained. “Of course I’m doing this for the first time so I knew that’s what I was looking for. I’m really excited to have my mom and Lisa McCoy with me on my staff.”

“Obviously my mom was my coach through high school at Cocalico,” she continued. “When I went to college and things were happening I really thought it would be a really cool thing (to coach with her some day). My mom coached me and now I’ll be on the sideline with her. It will be weird, but I think even when I was in high school she looked at me for answers and questions. I think we always had that kind of relationship so I’m just really excited to stand on the sideline with her and share this with someone who has done great things for hockey here in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, as well as Lisa. She’s been part of a lot of great teams as well, first at Penn Manor and then helping Manheim Central get turned back around. I’m just real excited to learn from two of the best.”

Page was a high school All-American in 2010 at Cocalico, and was a three-time Lancaster-Lebanon League First Team honoree. She scored 66 goals and added 72 assists during her career, helping lead the Lady Eagles to three consecutive section championships in addition to the State runner-up finish.

At Syracuse, she had a stellar career, finishing with 82 points, which ranks 15th in program history. She helped lead the Orange to an NCAA finals appearance during her senior season.

She was also a former member of the USA Field Hockey U21 National Team.

Page takes over a Hempfield program that has enjoyed a good amount of success in recent years, culminating with a State championship in 2011. Last season, the Black Knights finished 15-7, though a good amount of the key players from that team have since graduated.

With that in mind, along with transitioning to a new coaching staff, Page said she will take a patient approach in the early going.

“I think it’s going to take some time. It’s not going to happen over night,” she said. “It’s a change, and change at this level isn’t always easy. It’s really just about getting (the players) to buy in to what we want Hempfield hockey to be. We are coming in with a clean slate and we talk about having a new era of Hempfield field hockey. They obviously did lose quite a bit last fall in terms of the seniors who graduated but I really think there is still a lot of potential there. I really think with my leadership we can really be great. If they allow themselves to be great, I think I can help them get there.”

Page, who was a physical education major at Syracuse, said she always saw herself transitioning from player to coach.

“I’ve helped out (coaching) throughout my college experience and I really enjoy it,” she said. “I went to school to be a P.E. teacher and I really enjoy coaching. It’s a lot of fun, and when I was going through high school and college it was the coaches who were most important to me. And I think I kind of want to be a role model for these kids. It’s something that I always wanted. It happened maybe a little sooner than I thought but I’m really excited to be at Hempfield. I’m anxious to get started and can’t wait for August to come.”

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