YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Courtney Hyndman will be the new field hockey coach at Yorktown, replacing Bernadette Gannon.
Gannon retired after 26 years, including five at Yorktown, to spend more time with her family.
“I decided to take the job as head coach at Yorktown, because not only do I love the sport, but I also teach in the district,” Hyndman said. “I want to immerse myself in this community and continue coaching field hockey.”
Hyndman brings plenty of experience to the job.
“I was the assistant varsity field hockey coach at Putnam Valley for three years under Rebecca Gherardi,” Hyndman said. “When she stepped down, I took over as head coach for the past two years. I also coached the varsity girls lacrosse team at Putnam Valley for five years. This past spring was my first season coaching with Lauren McAulay and Bianca Raniolo as their JV girls lacrosse coach for Yorktown.”
Hyndman has both short- and long-term goals for the Yorktown program.
“My short-term goals include establishing a strong foundation with the student-athletes within the program,” Hyndman said. “I also want to continue the fundraising/specialty games and community work Coach Gannon has put in place with the guidance and assistance of the field-hockey families, and to develop successful student-athletes.”
A long-term goal, Hyndman said, would be to continue to grow the sport of field hockey in Yorktown.
“I want to continue to do as Coach Gannon has done and gain more interest in young athletes and build this program,” Hyndman said.
Hyndman is eager to get to know her team before the season starts this fall.
“I am really looking forward to becoming better acquainted with these girls this summer, developing a strong team on the basis of foundational skills, and becoming a part of a new field-hockey family,” Hyndman said.
Hyndman graduated from Putnam Valley in 2010. She played field hockey there, being brought up for the sectionals as a sophomore, then was a back-up goalie afterwards.
That included in ’08, when she was a backup to Jackie Gallagher when Putnam Valley defeated Lakeland, 3-2, in the Section 1 Class B, title game to earn a trip to the regionals.
“The feeling was indescribable, to be honest,” Hyndman said. “It was big in Putnam Valley when the girls won the state title in ’05, so this win made us one step closer to that goal. Honestly speaking, I didn’t touch that field once. But I still felt like a winner. Coach Cortina and Coach Stanzione, along with the entire team, made everyone always feel like they had earned the win, no matter the playing time. That’s something I hope to bring with me to Yorktown. The idea that everyone’s spot on the team is valuable, no matter playing time, position, or role, there is purpose and value for all. We win as a team, and we lose as a team—there is no in-between.”
The Hornets have won 11 sectional titles and 10 state titles since that loss to the Tigers.
“It’s so amazing what Lakeland has done in the past 11 years under Coach Sarsen,” said Hyndman, who also played lacrosse at Putnam Valley as a goalie and defender. “Being at Putnam Valley the past five years, we have never had to face them, so this year being in the same league, knowing we will face each other, is unreal. I am excited to see what we can build here at Yorktown in order to compete against a top tier team like Lakeland.”