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.
New Coaches Welcomed Into Cavaliers' FoldWomen's Rowing8/18/17Nelson Making Name for Himself in SecondaryFootball8/16/17DeSorbo Hits Ground Running at UVASwimming & Diving8/16/17
Director of News Content
Tara Vittese Named to the Preseason All-ACC Team
Field Hockey | 8/22/2017
Senior midfielder Tara Vittese was named to the Preseason All-ACC team for the fourth time in her...
Virginia Scrimmages American on Tuesday
Field Hockey | 8/14/2017
The Virginia field hockey team will take on American in an open scrimmage on Tuesday, August 15...
Rachel Dawson Named Assistant Field Hockey Coach
Field Hockey | 7/18/2017
Three-time Olympian Rachel Dawson has joined the Virginia field hockey team as an assistant coach.
Field Hockey Announces 2017 Schedule
Field Hockey | 6/26/2017
The Cavaliers will play 12 regular-season home games at University Hall Turf Field during the...
Carrera Lucas Named to USNT Development Squad
Field Hockey | 6/21/2017
Goalie Carrera Lucas has been named to the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad, as...
Four Cavaliers Competing at USA Field Hockey's YWNC
Field Hockey | 6/17/2017
Greta Ell, Erin Shanahan, Colleen Norair and Carrera Lucas competed at the the Young Women's...
Virginia Field Hockey Signs Six Recruits
Field Hockey | 05/02/2017
Head coach Michele Madison announced six players who will join the Cavaliers as freshmen in the...
Caleigh Foust Named to USNT Development Squad
Field Hockey | 04/28/2017
Senior forward Caleigh Foust has been named to the 16-player roster of USA Field Hockey's Women's...
- Online Stores