Past & Present Staff Members

These guys are the Best of the Best!


Tjerk van Herwaarden :: World Camp Technical Director :: Co-founder
Harvard University Head Coach
2012 Interim USA Women's National Team Head Coach
5 NCAA National DI Titles


TjerkHarvard University Field Hockey Head Coach and appointed in winter 2012 as Interim Head Coach for the USA Women's National team is also an NCAA National Champion: 2011, '10, 08, 06 & 05 Tjerk (pronounced Cherick) has won FIVE National Collegiate Championships with Maryland in his seven years there (also 4 ACC Championships). Unbelievable! Tjerk is a former Assistant Coach for the USA Men's National Team, as well as Head Coach for USFHA High-Performance mid-Atlantic region. Tjerk is a native of the Netherlands with extensive coaching experience there. He is a KNHB (Dutch) Level A and B licensed coach and a Coach Conductor. In addition to his coacoing at Harvard, Tjerk is now setting his sights on the upcoming World Cup in Spring 2014, where he will be on the sideline helping train the US Ladies National Team in their quest for Gold!

Thomas Tichelman :: World Camp Technical Advisor :: Co-founder

Current Assist Coach with the Dutch Women's Olympic GOLD Team... Former Assist Coach with the Dutch Men's Olympic SILVER Team

Thomas TichelmanThomas Tichelman, a 2012 Olympic Silver Medal winner as Head Technical Trainer and Dutch Men's National Team Coach, is one of the most renowned coaches in the world. The Dutch technical system is recognized as being the most advanced in the world – and Thomas has had a hand in that. Always on the cutting edge of Hockey, Thomas has trained some of the best in our sport, including Teun De Nooijer, Taco van den Honert and Bram Lomans. Working with van den Honert, Thomas is credited with perfecting the Drag Flick – and with the Amsterdam Free University of Movement Sciences, he designed the Zonal Training System – allowing players and coaches the ability to breakdown specific skill-sets needed to perform at maximum efficiency while playing the ball at every angle to the body. Thomas is now concentrating on the World Cup in India - and bringing home the Gold. Thomas uses his global network - at the highest levels - the Olympic Gold Level - to select and recruit TOP Coaches for our USA Camps.

Joppe de Vries :: Technical Director

joppeJoppe was first introduced to the USA as World Camp Technical Director. He has worked for us four years - and through his experience was recruited to be part of the best collegiate program in the nation - with the University of Maryland as Assistant Coach and Technical Director. Joppe says: "Here in America, you do things 110 percent, and that's what I really like." Joppe comes to the Terps with over a decade of top international coaching experience, including serving as goal keeping coach for the South African national teams in preparation for the London Olympics.

"Joppe is technically an outstanding choice to join our coaching staff," Meharg said. "He's had a variety of hands-on coaching experiences, both internationally at the Olympic level and the Dutch club system, which is the best club system in the world. We are really pleased with what he will bring to the University of Maryland.... it will be a real honor to work with Joppe."

Over the last 12 years, he worked with various club teams in the Netherlands, including coaching the Rotterdam Hockey Club and former Terrapin Berber Rischen. Terrapin greats Paula Infante and Boukje Vermeullen also played with the Rotterdam Hockey Club.

From 2010 through 2012, de Vries developed with the goalkeepers of South Africa's senior men's and women's national teams, as well as the Under-18 and Under-21 teams.

Katie O'Donnell :: Staff

Katie joined us at Swarthmore in 2013 while off duty as Striker for the US National Team. A 2009 and 2010 Honda Sports Award winner, she has 128 caps with the U.S. National Team, including the Olympics in London last summer. A University of Maryland Stand-out and a product of a local area school, Wissahickon High School in PA.

Teun de Nooijer :: Staff

Teun de NooijerOlympic Gold Medal Winner Winner of 2006, 2005 & 2003 FIH WorldHockey Men’s Player of the Year - De Nooijer, TRIPLE Winner of FIH WorldHockey Men’s Player of the Year is known as the "Flying Dutchman", is recognized internationally as one of the best current field hockey players in the world today!!!! Hockey at its absolute best. Teun has played in over 300 international matches (Caps).

Taco van den Honert :: Staff

TacoTaco, won Gold at the 2012 Olympics with the Dutch Ladies as their Techincal Trainer - and is Head Coach of Amsterdam Mens Hockey Team in the Premier League (Champions 2012- & 2011) - and in his prime he was rated one of the best players in the world, exemplified in 1996, penalty corner specialist Taco van den Honert of Holland, with 11 goals, was the top scorer in the Atlanta Olympic Games. Taco was selected as a member of the "World Eleven" (the best 11 players in the World) and recognized as MVP of "World Eleven" – the Best of the Best!    He has played in 218 international matches and scored 188 goals. Taco worked our camps us every summer for 9 successive years..

Bram Lomans :: Staff

Bram LomansTwo Time Olympic Gold Medal Winner Was once rated the Best Penalty Corner Drag Flicker in the World - Bram has two Olympic gold medals and another World Cup victory under his belt. Lomans was regarded as the top penalty corner striker in the world. The 26-year-old Lomans is still on the active roster for Holland's National team. Since making his debut in 1994 and has scored a total of 110 goals in a career that spans 140 international matches.

Chris Clements :: Staff (Technical Dir.)

Chris Clements USA Men's National Team Coach, and former Associte Head Coach at Boston College & Premier League Player - Chris Clements Coaches at Boston College. He got his taste of American field hockey as a Staff member with World Camp USA.Clements, originally from New Zealand, by way of playing Premier League in Holland, was the coach and technical trainer for Klein Zwitserland's HC U-18 Girls Division Three National Championship team and U-18 Boys Division One team. Clements was the initiator and director of the Klein Zwitserland Hockey Academy's Monday Masters as well.

Timme Hoyng :: Staff

Timme HoyngDutch National Team Player - Timme currently plays with the Dutch National team and for the 1st team of Amsterdam (Premier League) - and has just won a National Championship as well winning the European Championship.

Sebastiaan Westerhout :: Staff

Sebastiaan WesterhoutDutch National Team Player - Premier League Player - Sabastiaan was one of the top players with the Dutch Men U21 National Team - and is now playing on the Dutch National team. He has trained US players for the past few years and shows players, through demonstrations, exactly how each skill-set is accomplished.

Kristiaan Timman :: Staff

Kristiaan TimmanDutch National Team Player - Premier League Player - Kristiaann plays with the Dutch National team and also plays for the 1st team of Amsterdam (Premier League) and has played in European Cup as well winning the European Championship and has been a national champion. He is also a development coach for the KNHB (or Dutch National Hockey Association.) A top talent.

Timo Bruinsma :: Staff

NameU21 Dutch National Team Player - Premier League Player - Timo plays for the 1st team of Amsterdam (Premier League) has been a national champion as well won a European Championship. Also has played for the Dutch National U21 team, winning the European Championships & World Championship.

Eric-Jan Iding :: Staff

Eric-Jan IdingDutch National Team Player - Premier League Player - Eric-Jan is a Premier League Striker for the 1st team of HGC for over the last 4 years. He has been selected for the Dutch men U21 team. Further he's been coaching several of our Dutch Camps as well as youth teams at HGC.

Don Prins :: Staff

Don PrinsPremier League Player - Don is a Premier League player with Pinoke HC after previous play with Amsterdam HC where he helped win the European Championship.

Robert Tigges :: Staff

NameDutch National Team Player - Premier League Player - Robert plays for the Amsterdam after spending mot of his career with the Rotterdam Rooster's and was second in team scoring only to Sohail Abbas (who is considered the best drag flicker in the world).

Colin McLennan :: Staff

NameDutch National Team Player - Premier League Player - Colin McLennan a Premier League Player on the first team of HGC for 9 years. Played in the Dutch men U16, 18 & 21. Has also been selected for the Dutch National team (indoor & outdoor). Over the years he has coached several youth teams of HGC.

Alexander Robert :: Staff

Alexander RobertU16/18/21 National Team Player - Premier League Player - Alexander is our licensed goalie coach extraordinaire. He has extensive coaching experience with the European Hockey Federation's Camp of Excellence. Alexander is also a licensed Physiotherapist (trainer).

Bas van Stekelenburg :: Staff

Bas van StekelenburgDutch National Team Player (ret.) - In addition to Bas' Dutch National Team experience, he's had extensive coaching responsibilities in Holland and with the European Hockey Federation's "Camp of Excellence". Bas knows the US playing style and skill-sets well, having coached US players with Sport EuroTour. His 3rd Year with World Camp USA.

Richard de Snaaijer :: Staff (Technical Dir.)

Richard de SnaaijerPremier League Player / Technical Director - Previously played with Premier League club Nieuw-Zeeland. Richard is now devoting all his time to coaching at the highest levels.

Daan van de Wilk :: Staff

Daan van de WilkPremier League Player - Premier League Player on the first team of HGC for 2 years

Mathijs van Weerd :: Staff

Mathijs van WeerdPremier League Player - Premier League Player on the first team of Pinoke for 4 years. Has trained Pinoke girls U16 in 2003/04. and trained Pinoke boys U16 in 2004/05. And 4 years training Americans in Europe with Sport EuroTour.

Tjeerd Steller :: Staff

Tjeerd Steller21 National Team Player - Premier League Player - Dutch U21 National Team Player - Premier League Player on the first team of SCHC for 4 years. Having played Premier League at Kraaien, Amsterdam and Hurley HC over the past 4 years. Was Dutch Champion U18's. Played on the Dutch National team U16, U18 and now U21.

Bartol Berkhout :: Staff

 Bartol BerkhoutDutch U21 National Team Coach - In additional to his extensive National team affiliation, he is also coach for the first Ladies Team with Pinnoke. Bartol has had a lot of experience with US players, having trained them with Sport EuroTour's exclusive Clinic programs in Holland.

Antoine van den Haak :: Staff

Antoine van den HaakPremier League Player - Antoine, or Tony as we call him in the USA, is a Premier League Player on the 1st Team of Bloemendaal HC, teaming with Teun De Nooijer. Tony has had extensive experience coaching with SportWays Amsterdam, The European Hockey Federation and Sport EuroTour

Alexander Cox :: Staff

Alexander Cox2012 Olympic Gold - Premier League Player - International Coach - Alexander won Gold as a Techincal Trainer at the 2012 Olympics with the Dutch Ladies - Early on in his career he coached one of the top U18 boy’s teams of Holland. He’s a youth development coach for the Dutch Field Hockey Association (KNHB). Alexander also plays for the 1st team of ZSV Schaerweijde. He is also a veteran of Sport EuroTour programs.

These are but a few, past and pressent, who join us each summer - and there are more new faces coming to work exclusively for World Camp USA every year.

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Three members of the US National team, Melissa Gonzalez, Emily Wold and Caitlin VanSickle attended Camp when they were in high school - along with former staff member, Katie O'Donnell. That's almost a 1/3 of the team. All coached by World camp co-owner, Tjerk van Herwaarden, who was assistant coach with our National team at the World Cup in Holland. They played GREAT!

You Said It...

Fairfax High has attended World Camp for the past 3 years at Swarthmore and the girls continue to rave about the program and the quality of the coaches.  It's been the best reviewed camp I've had them go to in 13 years of coaching.
Amber Beaudoin
Fairfax Varsity Field Hockey
Director, FPYC Field Hockey

World Camp USA was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much, in four days. It was such a happy environment, and the staff was amazing. I wish I didn't have to leave today, and wish I could go back every year. It was an amazing opportunity that I was able to go this year, and it was the best time of my life. Thank you World Camp USA; Coach Steve, Wally, LG, Jopie, Judge, LuLu, Gurt, Bjourn, Arnie, Rein, Bart, and Becca.
Callie Remillard ~ Player

Thank you so much for one of the best and most fun experiences of my life. I've learned so much, from the most amazing hockey ever to some pretty snazzy dancing! :) I am totally going to come back next year and I hope to see everyone there! I miss it already! Thank you!
Paulina Wiktoria Henzel Kedzior ~ Player

This was no doubt the BEST camp I have ever been to! I learned so much and had so much fun! Big thanks to all the international staff who made it an amazing experience! Definitely coming back!!! :)
Maecy Chlebowski ~ Player

I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you and your staff for putting on an awesome camp for my girls. I heard from each class throughout the camp and everyone had rave reviews - from the instruction to the tournament play, to the coaches, and the theme nights. It was by far their favorite camp in years.
I heard my senior group did very well, making it all the way to the final game where they lost a tough one by a goal.
I can't say enough - it's a great feeling knowing your girls are coming home prepared, pumped and excited for season to begin in a week. Thanks for all you do and for putting on an outstanding camp. I hope my girls were courteous, respectful and followed the rules! :)
Jennifer Parks
Head Field Hockey Coach
Broadneck High School

…heading home… I already miss everyone! Can't wait for next year!
Jessie-Marie Allendorf~ Player

Thanks for making our experience so awesome! Miss camp + everyone already!
Lizzie Colby ~ Player

What you said...

My daughter recently attended World Camp USA. I would like to applaud the staff on the great job they did. My daughter will be attending camp next year with you." Jean Rockwell - Parent, NY

"I recently attended the World Camp USA. I loved it. The Dutch coaches were fun and friendly. I can't wait until next year." Audrey Denvir - Player, NY

"I wanted to let you know how well the camp went. Each girl received a lot of individual help and they all would like to have this happen again next year. Everyone was very pleased, the girls had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Thanks again and please stay in touch." Julie Clement - Club Coordinator, ME

"Just want you to know that they loved it last year and want to go again this year. I'm hoping to send two teams. Please leave space for us!!" Lucy Gil - Coach Wissahickon HS, PA

"It’s a great camp! My daughter loves it." Julie A. Ianello - Rye Neck High School Athletic Dept.

"We've been at World Camp for 4 years - and the girls don't want to go any other camp!" Barb Deppe - Coach John Jay HS, NY

"This has truly been the best camp that I have taken part in, either when I was a player and now as a coach. - by far. Thank you very much for such an enlightening experience." Shannon Watson - Hofstra '02 and now HS coach, NY

"I wanted to give you some feedback on the camp. The girls said it was "AWESOME". Marisa Valenti - Coach Cheshire HS, CT

"My daughter attended World Camp this weekend. She absolutely loved it! The coaches were great and she truly enjoyed the experience. Thank you so much for this opportunity." Judy Pickett - Parent, MD

"She loved her Trainer Taco" Karen Kohler - Parent, NY

"I would like to thank you and your staff for the most wonderful summer experience. Our team made school history by winning the Suffolk county championship. Wow what a journey it was. It all began with World Camp this summer." Betty Martin – Coach Sayville, NY

"Our girls love your camp!" Kristy Wohlgemuth - Coach, Commack HS

"We had a great time!!! Thanks for everything. The guys were great, my hope is that one day I can go to Holland and witness hockey first hand from the Dutch!!!!" Thanks, Paige Chisholm - Coach, TX

"I promoted your camp at Swarthmore to my teams. A group of mine gave it a try and were very pleased. I also came up - I was really impressed by your competent staff, the varied drills you offered, and the level of fun you offered to the girls even though they were working. Loved the music during drills especially. Great energy and teaching combined to make this one of the main camps I am promoting this year. I have already received my brochures to hand out." Barb Becker - Coach, Team Baltimore

"I loved your camp I would say it gave me the most experience ever and it also was very exciting each and every day I was there." Brittany Landers - Player, NH

“Just want to thank you and the other staff again for a wonderful, inspiring and exciting experience. The girls had a great time learning, practicing and having fun with you! This is all like a dream! The girls are winning in the playoffs! The 2nd game against the number one team- they won 2-1. Yesterday, they beat last year's Suffolk County Champ. Betty and Patti (coaches) are happy beyond words!” Paula Mancuso (Sayville, NY Booster club

Hey World Camp USA! - You guys have made field hockey soooo much fun for me and also for all of the other 200-if-not-more girls. Im going to be a senior in HS now and I'm going to miss u guys ALOT!! My 1ast and last 2 years at this camp were so exciting and fun worthy; from the "Song That Irritates Chris" to the HILARIOUS Solja Boy Dance (LMAO!) to the awesomeness of your dutch techno music!

I want to thank all of the staff for being such enthusiatic friends to us and being such amazing teachers, especially Bart, who taught me how to be a better golie. I thank u.

I'm really going to miss WCUSA and its going to be sad not going back there again :( But I will always cherish all the memories that I've had at camp whenever I'm out playing in the goal! Becca Sadowski... Class of '10