DURHAM- Duke field hockey head coach Pam Bustin announced the elevation of Ralph Boersma to the Associate Head Coach. Boersma is entering his sixth season on the Blue Devils coaching staff.
“”It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce Ralph Boersmain his new role as associate head coach,” said Bustin. “I have really enjoyed working with Ralph over the past five seasons. Ralph continually and consistently pours his heart and soul into the program. He is a dedicated student of the game and is committed to the development of every student-athlete. His loyalty to Duke, his love for the game and his winning mindset will serve him well (and Duke Field Hockey!) in the role of Associate Head Coach. »
Boersma, who hails from the Netherlands, was instrumental in the Blue Devils team and individual success on the field hockey pitch during his time at Durham. His love and dedication to the sport of field hockey and the development of student-athletes extends outside of Duke, as he is also heavily involved in coaching within the American field hockey system.
With a Level 3 certification in field hockey in the United States, Boersma has been the head coach of the United States Young Women’s National Championship / Senior Nexus since 2019. He has also served as the head coach of the High Performance South Region in 2021 and 2022.
Boersma, committed to giving back to the game and helping it grow, is an American field hockey educator, teaching Level 1 and Level 2 lessons. level 3 coach of the Federation of International Hockey Academies in Lima, Peru in 2019.
During his five seasons at Durham, Boersma mentored the Blue Devils’ top players, including 2020 ACC Freshman of the Year Darcy Bourne. The England native is currently playing for the England national team in the 2022 FIH World Cup. Last season, his fellow Dutchman Eva Nunnink won All-ACC and NFHCA All-South Region after joining the Blue Devils for two seasons as a transfer graduate student from the Netherlands. Overall, Boersma has helped mentor eight All-Americans and 18 All-ACC winners since becoming a Blue Devil in 2017.
Boersma has extensive coaching experience prior to Duke, having spent several years overseeing teams at HV Victoria Hockey Club in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He was head coach of the club’s U19 men’s team from 2014 to 2016 and occasional on-field coach for HV Victoria’s men’s first team.
His time in Rotterdam also included indoor and outdoor seasons with several age levels of young boys’ and girls’ teams. During his time at Victoria, Boersma coached several players who rose through the ranks of the Dutch national teams at U17 and U19 levels. Additionally, many of the young players he has coached are currently active at the top Dutch senior level and some are active internationally in England and Canada.
In addition to his time with hockey club HV Victoria, Boersma has also coached with the club’s HC Hoeksche Waard program, based in Mijnsheerenland, the Netherlands. He was head coach of the men’s first team from 2011 to 2015 and head coach of the men’s U19 team from 2009 to 2011.
The Blue Devils open the 2022 season on August 26 at Rutgers. Duke makes its home debut on the new, state-of-the-art turf on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.