When In-Person Isn’t an Option, Radnor High Grad Takes Goalie Instruction Virtual

Emily Snowden at a private turf field in Malvern, Image via Heather Khalifa, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Emily Snowden was about to start her business as a field hockey goalkeeper instructor in March when the pandemic shut everything down, writes Marc Narducci for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 2013 Radnor High School graduate was used to thinking fast on her feet so she took her business virtual, with a virtual field hockey clinic.

Snowden was a goalkeeper at University of Vermont, spent a year as director of goalkeeping for the WC Eagles in Pottstown and volunteered as a coach at Drexel University.

It took her a week to change the curriculum for her clinic from in-person to something that fits on a computer screen.

Now she offers training and video analysis for 40 young athletes from her mom’s Bryn Mawr home.

“People were working so hard, and I didn’t want them to lose the progress,” she said. “So my mom let me use her rec room.”

Snowden has also created a free goalie webinar series in partnership with the New England small business Sport EuroTour, where she is the director of goalkeeping.

She’s also created inspirational videos for her students encouraging them to “Just Keep Traning.”

Read more about how Emily Snowden adapted virtually here.