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Aug. 21, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Ole Keusgen and Adam Matter have been named assistant coaches at Virginia, field hockey head coach Michele Madison announced on Friday (August 21).

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the hiring of Adam and Ole,” Madison said. “They both bring very strong talents in their respected fields and have been a fantastic addition to the Virginia field hockey program through our preseason training.”

Keusgen played professionally in Germany with one of the most successful field hockey clubs in European history, Uhlenhorst Mülheim, winning the German Indoor championship in 2015 and the Euro Indoor Club Cup in 2015. Keusgen also competed with the German National Team, winning a bronze medal at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan.

In addition to playing hockey, Keusgen has also spent the last 10 years coaching the sport, coaching both the men’s and women’s first teams of Oberhausener THC.

Keusgen graduated with a bachelor of science in sport science with a focus on training and health from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany.

“Ole’s defensive expertise already has helped the team become better defenders,” Madison said. “Through our early training, the team is more aggressive than before, but in a calm and restrained manner. Just coming off the pitch himself, he understands the predicaments the players get themselves into.”

Matter recently completed a Sport Performance Coach internship with the US Women’s National Field Hockey Team at the training facility in Pennsylvania, working with the staff in using world-class methods of Sport Science in athlete assessment, data collection and program design within a model of periodization for athlete development, helping prepare the squad for their gold-medal winning performance at the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Prior to working with USA Field Hockey, Matter served as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2014, leading the team to the PSAC Playoff Quarterfinal. Matter previously was the head men’s soccer coach at Division III Pennsylvania College of Technology, an assistant women’s soccer and strength & conditioning coach at Division III Lycoming College and a volunteer assistant women’s soccer coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

A native of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, Matter has a bachelor of science in Exercise Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he is currently working on completing the master of science in Sports Science program. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength Coaches Association.

“Adam’s work with the national programs in Lancaster will not only help prepare our athletes to develop to their fullest potential but also helping the Hoos in the national team pipeline physically prepare for the next level,” Madison said. “The physical preparation of athletes has become so sophisticated. Adam has already integrated that sophistication with early results.”

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