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COACHING STAFF

GEORGIA HOLLAND  |  ASSISTANT COACH

Georgia Holland joined the Northwestern staff as an assistant coach in January 2018.

Holland came to Evanston after spending the 2017 season as an assistant coach at Michigan State.

Prior to beginning her coaching career, Holland enjoyed a standout collegiate career as a player, first at Yale and then at Wake Forest. She twice earned unanimous All-Ivy League honors (2011, 2013) at Yale and was the 2010 Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year. A team captain, NFHCA Second Team All-Mideast Region and the ECAC Division I First Team in 2013, Holland earned Yale's Francis Gordon Brown Prize that annually recognizes the athlete who best represents leadership, scholarship and service for the university.

She went on to play her final season of eligibility at Wake Forest where she was named to the NFHCA All-American Third Team and was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-ACC pick. Holland’s NFHCA All-South Region first team selection was the second overall all-region selection of her career.

A four-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection, she served on both the U19 and U21 National Teams in stints from 2010-13.

Holland earned her bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Yale in 2014 and her master’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest in 2016.


WILL BYRNE  |  ASSISTANT COACH / RECRUITING COORDINATOR

Will Byrne is in his second season on the Northwestern coaching staff, having joined in the spring of 2016.

In his first year on the staff, the Wildcats rattled off an eight-match winning streak including back-to-back wins over No. 4 Penn State and No. 6 Maryland. Isabel Flens capped her career by earning second-team All-America accolades. Three individuals were named All-Big Ten while four were named All-NFHCA West Region.

Byrne joined Northwestern after most recently serving as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts under the direction of former NU assistant Carla Tagliente.

In addition to his experience at UMass, Byrne has worked with a number of club and high school programs. He has worked with the Element Athletics club in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the SPark club in Severna Park, Maryland, and the Denver club in Denver, Colorado.

His high school coaching experience includes stints at Amherst Regional High (Amherst, Mass.), Sidwell Friends School (Washington D.C.) and Colorado Academy (Denver, Colo.), helping the latter reach a pair of state finals.

He earned Level 2 coaching accreditation through the US Field Hockey Association in 2010.

Byrne graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in English and music in 2007 before earning his master’s degree in creative writing from American University in 2014.


TRISTAN CLEMONS  |  VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH

Tristan Clemons joined Northwestern University’s staff as volunteer assistant coach starting August 2018 after retiring from Australian Hockey and relocating to Evanston for Post-Doctoral work at NU.   Clemons brings a wealth of talent to the Wildcats on and off the field. Having been a successful goalkeeper for the Kookaburras for eight years, he also completed his doctoral degree at the University of Western Australia and is currently working with renowned professor Sam Stupp at the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology.

Clemons represented the Kookaburras at the international stage 51 times, including at the 2017 World League Final and matches at the 2015 and 2017 Oceania Cup.

Just one of the numerous awards Dr. Clemons earned in his career was the Hockey Australia Personal Excellence Award in 2016 for off-the-field success in study and work coupled with diligence in his approach to hockey, his teammates and coaches.

While Clemons is making a transition from playing to coaching, he hopes his extensive background can help lift Northwestern to a new level, on the back of the team's second NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Tracey Fuchs last year.

"I am excited to add some value around the team, especially with the goalkeepers, and maybe bring some new teaching methodology, strategies and skills," Clemons said. "If I can improve the goalkeepers to be the best in the country, we will go a long way towards winning the title, this year and in the future."