Published Date Written by Noelle Barrett
Photo by John Diffenderfer- Lower Dauphin coach Linda Kreiser at her induction into the USA Field Hockey Hall of FameOne of Linda Kreiser’s first gifts as a child was a baseball glove from her father.
Growing up, she always knew she would be an athlete. But it wasn’t until her sophomore year at Lower Dauphin High School when she picked up a field hockey stick after being inspired by coach Bea Hallman.
“She made it look so much fun,” Kreiser recalled. “Once I tried it, I was just hooked on it.”
Kreiser has been creating a field hockey legacy ever since.
From her start at Lower Dauphin, she continued on to score 51 goals as a player for Millersville University, and was a member of the U.S. national team from 1972 to 1979, even participating in the 1975 World Cup in Scotland. She excelled – and then, just as Hallman inspired her, Kreiser returned to Lower Dauphin, where she has coached the sport and inspired students for 36 years.