Michael Boal is in his second season as the associate head coach at Virginia.
Boal, a native of Sunderland, England, arrived at UVa in 2011 after one season as an assistant coach at James Madison, where he spearheaded recruiting efforts and coached the goalkeepers.
Prior to his stint at JMU, Boal served as the assistant director of hockey at Durham University in the United Kingdom. There he assisted Gavin Featherstone, a renowned double Olympic and World Cup head coach for the USA and South Africa field hockey teams.
At Durham, Boal was responsible for the coaching and development of both men's and women's performance groups, recruiting across Europe, match preparation, video analysis and conducting coaching and evaluation sessions for all 16 intramural college teams. Boal helped lead Durham's men's and women's first teams to a ranking inside the top-10 of U.K. universities when they became National North Conference Champions and Northern Division One champions in 2010.
Before his stay at Durham, Boal coached at the Olton & West Warwick's Hockey Club for four years and was involved in all aspects of the management of the ladies first and second teams, including daily planning and conducting of practice and physical training. He coached the women's first team in the prominent English National Premier League at the age of 20, making Boal the youngest ever to coach a women's team in the English National Premier League.
At Olton & West Warwick's, Boal also coached players with National and International Representative Honors, including two 2008 Olympians for Great Britain. He developed three representatives for the Junior World Cup earlier this year and two under-18 Internationals.
Boal graduated with honors from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom in June 2009 with an impressive range of experience and accomplishments. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports management and was an ambassador for the university. Boal made four British University Finals Appearances as player and coach and was part of their 2006-07 National League winning side.