Varsity Assistant Field Hockey Coach and Physical Education teacher Cheryl Bruttomesso (pictured left with Field Hockey coaching staff) was named NCAA field hockey rules interpreter for all three divisions (college, high school and club), bringing her three decades of field hockey experience that has included umpiring and rules interpretation. Cheryl previously served as NCAA and USA Field Hockey rules interpreter from 1998 to 2004. A retired International Field Hockey (FIH) umpire, Cheryl umpired NCAA championship finals from 1998 to 2000. She will be returning to the NCAA as rules interpreter from USA Field Hockey, where she has continued to serve as an umpire manager at several levels.
“This opportunity allows me to give back to the game that has shaped my professional life,” said Bruttomesso. “Returning to the interpreter role with the NCAA will allow me to draw from my many experiences in the game that includes rules interpretation and umpiring. Clear communication with all coaches and other stakeholders regarding rules modifications and advancements in the game will be an emphasis,” Cheryl stated in an NCAA Field Hockey communication.
"Cheryl brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience to her coaching! Having a leader that not just know the rules, but interprets and is actively training officials is awesome for our student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark. "Cheryl is a national and international expert and leader in field hockey. Having played D1 field hockey and coached, I can attest that this is a sport where the rules rapidly change! Cheryl is the top person to interpret these new rules for the NCAA and beyond. I personally love listening to her explain a call and I know our athletes are interested at the very detailed level a specificity that Cheryl can provide! If you are a hockey fan you know that Cheryl is at the top of the game!”