COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Temple field hockey assistant coach Katie Gerzabek
has remained active in the sport as an athlete, and is now one of 12 who have been selected to the U.S. Women's National Indoor Team for the upcoming Pan American Cup.
Gerzabek and her teammates will be traveling to Georgetown, Guyana, for the six-day event which starts on Monday, Oct. 16. Taking place at The Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, the seven-team tournament includes Argentina, Barbados, Canada, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and the USA. The Indoor USWNT opens tournament play against Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, October 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET.
"I am so excited and honored to be able to represent Team USA at the upcoming Pan American Indoor Championships," said Gerzabek. "Our indoor squad has been working hard for the past two years to prepare for this Indoor World Cup qualifying tournament through training weekends and other abroad tournaments. We can't wait to put our hard work into action against some of the best teams in the world in hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in February. I'm looking forward to garnering more international playing experience to not only help me grow and learn as a player, but also to learn more as a coach in order to bring new and exciting styles of hockey back to the Temple Field Hockey program."
In 2015, Gerzabek was one of 12 selected from the U.S. Women's National Indoor Team roster to travel to Durban, South Africa, to compete in the SPAR 4 Nations Indoor Hockey Tournament. Gerzabek is a 2015 graduate of the University of Maryland where she was a four-year standout for the powerhouse Terrapins, capping her collegiate career with NFHCA Third Team All-America honors after also earning All-Big Ten Second Team accolades.
She was a member of both the U21 and U19 teams for USA Field Hockey, and competed in the Junior World Cup in Germany as a member of the U21 team in 2013. She also scored a goal as Team USA earned the bronze medal at the Junior Pan Am Games in Mexico in 2012.
"Katie's passion to compete and represent the USA in the Pan American Indoor Championships is incredibly strong and admirable," said Temple head coach Marybeth Freeman
. "Her commitment to the USA Indoor program has remained strong and present over the years and we're proud of how Katie has represented herself and our Temple program on the national and global stages. With Katie's veteran experience on the Indoor National team, I'm confident they will find continued success at the Pan American Cup in Guyana."