Field Hockey: Emily Goliver succeeds father as coach at Dublin Coffman
While serving as an assistant coach last season, Emily Goliver watched as the Dublin Coffman field hockey team lost two games in overtime and tied another.
Teaching her players how to win those types of games will be among her goals in her first season as head coach.
She succeeds her father, Jeff Goliver, who led the program for two seasons.
“The No. 1 thing is about growing players, but as far as success-wise, I’d like to go over .500 this year,” she said. “I really want to focus on winning the winnable games. We lost about five games by one (goal) last year and (two) in overtime. Those are what I see as the winnable games and the attainable successes.”
Emily Goliver is a 2015 Coffman graduate who competed for the field hockey, girls lacrosse, softball and girls basketball programs.
The Shamrocks went 7-10 in 2018 and 6-10-1 last fall under Jeff Goliver, who took over the program after Caren Leslie had been its coach for eight seasons.
Emily Goliver was a goalkeeper in field hockey and went on to play for Miami University’s club team.
“I’ve always liked player development,” she said. “I coached for one of the local (field hockey) club teams and I’ve been helping out (at Coffman) pretty much since I graduated (from Coffman) as a volunteer.
“It’s exciting. It’s definitely a weird time taking over a sport right now, but I think there’s a lot of excitement around it and I think the team’s gone in a good direction. We’ve got a few players playing year-round and going to tournaments with the local clubs and then a lot of them are doing clinics year-round, so that’s exciting.”