By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · September 22, 2016
Danish Takes Over MHS [back]
Field Hockey Program
Milford High field hockey left a significant positive impression on Kim Danish when she was a student-athlete at MHS, and now she's hoping to leave her mark on other young athletes as she enters her first year as the program's head coach.
"It's exciting to come home and be a part of the program that I was a part of in high school," Danish told the Crier. "I'm really excited and glad it worked out this year. I played for MHS and I enjoyed it as a player so I hope we are creating an environment where the players are also enjoying it."
Danish, 25, graduated Milford High in 2009 and played four years with the Scarlet Hawks' field hockey program. She attended Babson College for a year before transferring to Framingham State, where she graduated in 2013. During her final year of college she worked as a volunteer coach and ran a middle school clinic. She also coached the MHS JV team for two years in 2013 and 2014. Danish became the varsity softball coach at Auburn last spring and this fall is beginning her third full year as a learning aid in the special education department at Milford High.
Danish first played field hockey when she entered Milford High as a freshman. She hopes other incoming freshman will have more experience as they enter high school thanks to the new middle school program.
"We are definitely trying to build awareness that this sport exists," she said. "I would have had no clue what field hockey even was in middle school. We want to get kids playing, get them experience, and get them to love the game so they can build on skills when they get here instead of having to learn them from scratch."
Danish is also hoping she and JV coach Tim Dowd are able to build a winning culture inside the program, both on and off the field
"I definitely want to see my team continue to be good student-athletes and do well in the classroom," she said. "We are working hard now to create a mindset where we expect to win and expect to be successful."
Perhaps Danish's biggest goal as a head coach is to give her players four years of fond memories when they graduate.
"I would love to see my student-athletes be able to look back and reflect positively on their experience as a Milford High School field hockey player," she said. "I hope they learn responsibility, teamwork, and grit from having been a part of the program."