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T&T s Kelvin Nancoo achieved what he wanted
most at the recently concluded United States Field
Hockey Association s National Hockey Festival
(USFHA), by winning the Under-14 crown in memory
of his deceased brother Kenwin Lancelot Nancoo,
who founded the Edge field hockey club, nine years
ago. Kenwin died on February 28, 2011.
Nancoo pledged to win the 2011 Championship in
his brother's honour and he did. This year, he wanted
Nancoo's Edge continues
to continue the winning tradition of the Edge by winning
the U-14 title and the young players did just that at
Palm Spring in Florida. Unfortunately, the New Jer-
sey-based team finished second in the U-16 category
and third in the U-19 division.
The four-day event was held during the Thanksgiving
weekend (November 28) and some 300 teams partic-
ipated. The top international coach won his 19th national
title in nine years.
Ahead of the tournament, Nancoo told his Edge
players that if he ever wanted to win a championship,
it was this one.
"This one is for Kenwin," he said. "I knew the players
never once thought losing was an option. This is one
of the most talented young Edge teams ever. It rivals
the Edge team which was marshaled by Princeton and
national standout Michelle Cesan."
The young Edge team spearheaded by Gabby Andret-
ta, Elizabeth Romano, Jordan McGinley and Taylor
Gladd played well throughout the competition scoring
42 goals, having five scored against them. The supporting
cast of Olivia Graham, who Nancoo says will be a
'terror' in two year times, Hana Charnley, Lauren
McCloughen, Kate De Marco, Grace Coleman, Elizabeth
Denehy and Ali McCarthy, all played superbly.
"We had a real team which knew that winning
depended on a team effort. They had to play for each
other and though in some games some players were
not at their best, collectively them were the best team
"The Edge won its six matches, ensuring Kenwin's
legacy continued. They were a testimony to the self-
lessness with which he lived and the loyalty which he
had to his club and friends. That spirit transcends all
boundaries. That is what the Edge is about," said Nan-
coo, who indicated that this was one of the motivating
factors in the team's great performance.
Nancoo became the first Trinidadian to coach a team
to win a major outdoor hockey title in the United
States. He repeated the feat in the national indoor
"The players were excellent. The attack was great
and their defensive play was just as good. I am certain
they have demoralised some of their rivals," Nancoo
"We see winning a bit differently from others and
we see a great victory when our scholar/athletes get
recruited to a school of their choice. This is where we
know they will be successful not only in field hockey
along but academia also.
"It is really fantastic, when we have players going
to US colleges including two at Princeton, Yale, Harvard,
Georgetown, Richmond, Dartmouth, Rutgers, Le High,
Colby, and Holy Cross, just to name a few."
His coaching skill has forced coaches to think twice
about their strategies, and they have shown appreciation
for the talent of this T&T son. Nancoo's coaching skill
is recognised as far away as India, Holland and Germany,
all first-rate hockey nations.
His passion for coaching is equal to the joy exhibited
by his charges on the playing field. Coaching for Nancoo
is fun, not survival.
But even as his career in education unfolds, the prin-
cipal of St Michael School for Boys expertise and recog-
nition as a coach in several disciplines grows, not only
locally but internationally. He has intimate and detailed
knowledge of sports and has been well schooled in the
basics and in the latest development of coaching at
top international level.
Nancoo attended several hockey coaching courses
between 1993 and 2011 that have sharpened his skills
and given him the ability to use the latest coaching
techniques to assist his teams.
Nancoo look forward to the National Indoor Tour-
nament where he hopes the Edge will win another
title or two as they keep the winning tradition going.
He said, "I would like to thank all the coaches who
worked with our teams over the year, for a job well
done. I must thank Brian Garcia, Laura Whalen, Kim
Eng, Molly Johnson, and Krista Romano."
T&T's Kelvin Nancoo, right, with members of the Under-14 Edge team which won
the United States Field Hockey Association's National Hockey Festival (USFHA),
U-14 crown at Palm Spring in Florida last month.
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