Tara Danielson

Danielson enters her tenth season at the helm, becoming the sixth head coach in the history of the Stanford field hockey program. Danielson is the program’s winningest first-year head coach (15-6, 5-1 NorPac), leading the Cardinal to the NCAA Tournament and taking the America East Conference title. 

In addition to enjoying an extensive international playing career, Danielson has developed a reputation as a pioneer within the field hockey community through her efforts on the developmental level while implementing several successful outreach programs.

Since 2005, Danielson has served as the Chief Executive Officer of RUSH Field Hockey, Inc., a non-profit public benefit corporation. During her five-year involvement with RUSH, the organization grew from 30 members to over 700, while over 50 participants eventually went on to compete at Division I, II and III institutions.

Prior to her involvement with RUSH, Danielson was a member of the USA Field Hockey National Team, training and competing at the Olympic level from 1998-2005 while participating in 89 international contests during that span. In addition to representing Team USA at international events such as the Pan American Games, World Cup and Olympic qualifying, Danielson was also a member of Team USA’s National Indoor Field Hockey squad for two seasons 2005-07.

Following stops as an assistant coach at Boston College in 1996 and Connecticut in 1998, Danielson served as the head coach of Sacred Heart during the 2000 campaign.

A native of Greenfield, Mass., Tara Jelley graduated from Massachusetts in 1994 in Sport Management. A four-year letter winner in field hockey and team captain during her senior year, she helped guide the Minutewomen to a pair of Atlantic 10 championships and four NCAA Tournament berths, including a record-breaking 1992 campaign that resulted in a trip to the national semifinals and the program’s winningest season in school history.

Danielson was a three-sport standout at Greenfield High School, leading the Green Wave to a Massachusetts state championship in field hockey while also competing in basketball and softball. Danielson received her master’s degree from Springfield College in Athletic Administration in 1999.

Pat Cota

Cota enters his tenth season as an assistant coach with the Stanford field hockey program. A member of the U.S. National Team (1999-2010), Cota has also competed on the U.S. Field Hockey men’s junior national team playing with the U-18 and U-21 squads beginning in 1996. Cota played for the German Club, Rot-Weiss Koln, Germany from 2002-03 and for Club UTS in Australia in 2001.

Cota’s coaching career includes a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Michigan from 2004-05, where he helped guide the Wolverines to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big Ten Tournament championships. A native of Camarillo, Calif., Cota completed his bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA in 2010.

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Steve Danielson

Danielson begins his tenth season as an assistant coach with the Stanford field hockey program.

One of the most accomplished USA Men’s National Team players in the history of the sport, Danielson has enjoyed a successful international playing career that spans 21 years combined in both outdoor and indoor field hockey. In addition to making solid contributions both offensively and defensively from 1989-2010 as a member of the U.S. National Team, Danielson’s international outdoor playing career included representing Team USA at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Danielson was inducted into the Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.

Danielson was also a member of the U.S. National Indoor Team that competed at the 2003 Indoor World Cup. Danielson played two seasons at Club UTS in Australia (1999, 2001) and also played for Menzieshill in Scotland (2002-03). Danielson native of Livermore, Calif., earned a B.S. in exercise physiology from San Diego State in 1999.