Wesley Boersma moves on to a new role

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DURHAM- Duke field hockey head coach Pam Bustin announced the transition from Wesley Ann Boersma from assistant coach to player development analyst and director of team travel operations. Boersma is entering his seventh season with the Blue Devils.

“I am delighted to report that Wesley Boersma remains on the Duke field hockey team as the new player development data analyzer and director of team travel operations,” Bustin said. “She fills the role vacated by Karlie Pascal who now works with Atlanta United in Major League Soccer.”

Boersma joined the Blue Devils in August 2016 from the Netherlands where she was competing for Victoria Hockey Club in Rotterdam. Upon arriving in Durham, the native of Virginia Beach, Va., helped lead the Blue Devils to the 2016 ACC regular season title and NCAA quarterfinals.

With Boersma’s dedication to helping every player improve their skills every day, the Blue Devils continued to enjoy success, winning 17 and 16 games respectively over the next two seasons. Meanwhile, Boersma was instrumental in mentoring a trio of All-Americans in 2017.

“Wesley’s passions for player improvement and coaching technology will come together in this role,” Bustin said. “His sincere desire to know and understand the performance needs of each student-athlete will provide important insight into our overall periodization blocks and daily training plans.”

The Blue Devils use Catapult wearable technology to track key performance analytics. Boersma will be responsible for monitoring and analyzing objective data provided by Catapult to help coaches design practices and keep them informed when making crucial performance decisions.

As well as being an assistant coach for the previous six seasons, Boersma also handled all away trips for the Blue Devils. She will continue this instrumental role, which allows the Blue Devils to focus only on the task at hand on the pitch at all times.

“Her years of experience in designing our away trips and tournament routines will not be lost as she will continue to plan our trips to better suit the schedules and general well-being of our students- athletes,” Bustin said. “So happy to continue to have Wesley as part of my Duke day!”

A 2010 graduate of William & Mary, Boersma was twice captain of the tribe on the grass. She graduated tied for third in program history in career assists (19) and was honored with the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-South Region Second Team as a senior in 2009. The Virginia Beach, Va. native was also selected for the 2009 Division. I Senior All-Star Game and was a VaSID all-state selection twice in 2008 and 2009.

Boersma obtained a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and psychology before obtaining a master’s degree in education and pedagogy from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2015.

Formerly Wesley Drew, Boersma resides in Durham with her husband, Ralph and their newborn son Beck Lennart Boersma. Ralph is also an assistant coach on the Blue Devil staff.

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