UNC's new assistant field hockey coach Tim Broenink is nothing short of committed.
After the Tar Heels’ 4-1 exhibition win over Wake Forest on Friday, the team packed up for the 80-minute drive back to Chapel Hill. While they boarded the bus, Broenink talked with the other coaches, doing pratice swings and brainstorming ways for the team to improve their shots and ball handling.
With a new head and assistant coach on the leadership staff, the players have had to adjust to a different style of practice and preparation. However, head coach Erin Matson said Broenink is transitioning into his new role perfectly.
“He has a very well-rounded resume,” Matson said. “He has the same mindset as me and the rest of the staff in terms of who needs what.”
A native of the Netherlands, Broenink began coaching teams there in 2009.
Later, as head coach, he led the Norway Men's National Team to a bronze medal at the 2019 Euro Hockey Championship Men IV tournament. Broenink also coached the Norwegian club team, Kringsja, and led them to a gold medal at the 2019 Euro Hockey Club Championship IV.