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Prep Field Hockey Notepad: Cavaliers pushing for a program

The on-the-field results haven’t changed much for Caroline’s field hockey team this fall, but first-year coach Greg Trainum hopes it’s just a matter of time.

“The girls keep playing hard, and that’s all we can ask for,” said Trainum, who is also Caroline’s softball coach.

The Cavaliers have always battled two significant obstacles playing in the tough Battlefield District: sheer number of players and the lack of a quality offseason program in the county.

Caroline has just 14 varsity players this year—meaning most girls are playing the entire game—and only enough junior varsity players to compete in seven-on-seven contests.

Trainum is also new to the game—he was hired to coach the hockey team on July 31, and practice began Aug. 1.

“I’m learning on the fly,” he said. He’s been reading as much as he can about the game online and has had significant help from a player’s parent.

He said he’s in it for the long haul. A primary goal will be to get structured offseason conditioning in place, as well as pushing players into camps and travel hockey programs.

“We’ve just got to do it for the program,” Trainum said. “[Field hockey] is something that’s always been a back-burner program.

“It’s a work in progress. I told the girls I’m going to stick to it, so we can build something positive here.”

—Justin Rice