Gloria Nantulya

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Gloria Nantulya is the Director and Head Coach of the Washington Wolves.

Gloria has been coaching field hockey for over 10 years.  She is also the current varsity head coach and middle school coach at Stone Ridge, was a Site Director and coach for the USA Field Hockey Futures program, and is now a coach for the USA Program called NEXUS. In addition to coaching, Gloria was selected as a 2018 Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Mentee (created by Ernst & Young and the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation), which she says had a profound impact on her, and is one of the reasons she was a mentor for young minority field hockey athletes through the Black Field Hockey Network. She was also recently one of five nominees for the the USA Field Hockey National Coach of the Year award in 2023. 

Gloria was a four-year, NCAA Division I field hockey student-athlete at Syracuse University. At Syracuse, she was named to the NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) National Academic Squad all four years, and  was named to the 2007 NFHCA Division I All-Region Mideast Team and selected to the 2007 BIG EAST Conference Second Team. Gloria has also played club field hockey in Boston, Switzerland, Uganda and in D.C. with the D.C. Dragons. Her most recent international competitions were the 2014 and 2017 Africa Club Championships that were held in Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya respectively.

Coach Gloria has been playing hockey since she was four years old. When she was in high school in Kenya, her U14 field hockey team went undefeated for two straight years and upset their U21 senior team as well as the reigning national champions at a senior tournament. Her team was then chosen to represent Kenya on a tour to the Netherlands to face club and national youth teams, where they continued their undefeated streak. This is her favorite field hockey accomplishment.

Gloria holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a master’s degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, both from Syracuse University. 



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