In this season of athletic upheaval in the Northern 845, Rhinebeck field hockey has picked up a new coach, too. Bobby Bie, former junior varsity and modified field hockey coach in Rhinebeck, will be taking over for longtime Rhinebeck field hockey coach Linda Krausz who retired at the end of the 2011 season.
Rhinebeck last made a significant postseason showing when they captured the Section 9 Class C field hockey title in 2010. In 2011, the team was stopped in the sectional semifinals by Onteora.
Last year’s postseason disappointment, coupled with the loss of nine varsity players and a new coach, could mean that Hawks field hockey could be hanging out in the doldrums this year. Bie isn’t coming into a team locked and loaded for a section championship run like new Red Hook varsity basketball coach Matt Hayes or new Rhinebeck varsity volleyball coach Allie Ferretti.
Bie will likely need some time to find her groove as a head coach in Rhinebeck, but if she can get her Hawks squad to win their first few matches and put together a head of steam, Rhinebeck does have an opportunity to grab at the section title.
With years of experience helming junior varsity and the mod squad, Bie is a tuned-in safe pick to replace Krausz. And she walks the walk.
According to Bie, the goals for the 2012 season are to have a “cohesive team, one that works well together and communicates with each other, happy, healthy, well-conditioned athletes, athletes that are respectful of their teammates, coaches, and other teams.”
And for Bie herself, this season will be as much about the experience as anything. “We will take each game as it comes,” Bie told the Observer. “The young ladies on this team are a dedicated group of student athletes, and I am confident that they will work hard this season. I want them to enjoy the game of field hockey.”
Look for a competitive Hawk field hockey team in 2012, under the guidance of an experienced new head coach. Just don’t be shocked if they experience some growing pains.