Ann Arbor native and former standout goalie for the Pioneer field hockey team Amy Kilgore has been nominated for the “Grow the Game” award through USA Field Hockey. The award is presented to a USA Field Hockey member who has impacted his/her community through field hockey. This individual has built a foundation for growth and provided opportunities to countless athletes in his/her region that would not exist without his/her efforts.
Kilgore has been instrumental in growing the sport of field hockey in the state. After graduating from Pioneer, Kilgore continued her career at the University of Michigan and then became involved in the coaching side of things. Her career has seen her develop the competitive Novi program, support the start of the Plymouth-Canton Program, found the Live Oak club which in turn is growing the sport in areas like Northville, South Lyon and surrounding districts.
Kilgore continues to pour energy into field hockey and is dedicated to providing opportunities to young athletes throughout the state.
Kilgore started her hockey career in third grade through Ann Arbor Rec and Ed and immediately fell in love with the sport. When she was in ninth grade she tried goalkeeping and found her home!
At Pioneer, Kilgore had the privilege of being coached by Nancy Cox and Jane Nixon, who remain to be her greatest mentors today. At Michigan, she had three more outstanding coaches (and Olympians): Marcia Pankratz, Tracey Fuchs and Peggy Storrar, all joining the Wolverines straight from the Atlanta Olympics. Because of their investment and a lot of hard work, Kilgore was named an NCAA Regional All-American and M-Women’s Female Athlete of the Year her senior season.
After graduating with a B.A. in Education, Kilgore returned to Pioneer to coach and pursue a career in education. She has enjoyed four different careers in education; as a coach, a high school teacher, church youth director and school counselor. She earned her M.A. in counseling from Eastern Michigan University in 2004.
In 2005 Amy began her career with Novi Community Schools as a School Counselor and three years later, started Novi’s first varsity field hockey team. They are now looking forward to their tenth season.
To vote for Amy, click here https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Field-Hockey/EVENTS/2019/March/16/Annual-Awards-Ceremony/Grow-the-Game-Award