Going for the Goal
Cindi Lou-Villa started playing field hockey at Kearny High School and has been playing, umpiring and coaching ever since. “I began umpiring as a freshman in college to give back to a sport that had given me so much,” said Cindi, who was inducted into the San Diego Sports Officials Hall of Fame in 2007. Cindi has coached the Poway High field hockey team, and was instrumental in developing field hockey teams throughout high schools in the Poway Unified School District. She is currently the coach of the Poway Mystix, field hockey club team with the goal of helping players in middle school and high school fulfill their dreams of playing at the collegiate level.
When it comes to her coaching philosophy, Cindi focuses on team-building. “I teach the girls to respect and trust their teammates. I believe camaraderie is key to the team’s success, so I look for team chemistry,” explained Cindi. She also feels strongly that it is her job to give each and every player the physical and mental skills to succeed in the game. According to Cindi, the most rewarding part of coaching is watching as the girls do everything they can to become exceptional players. In fact, many of her Mystix players have gone on to receive field hockey scholarships to Division I, II and III colleges. She is also quick to point out that she learns as much from her players as they learn from her. “The game is changing every day, and my collegiate players help me stay informed about all the new tactics,” revealed Cindi.
Cindi’s passion for field hockey doesn’t end on the practice field – her whole family is involved in the sport. “My husband, Mike, tried out for the 1984 Olympic field hockey team, and he was one of my volunteer coaches. My son, Vincent, and my daughter, Catherine, are both great athletes who help me coach,” related Cindi. She is also grateful to share her passion for the game with parents, volunteers and other coaches, so many of whom have helped to expand field hockey throughout the local community.
While it may seem as if Cindi eats, sleeps, and breathes the game of field hockey, she also enjoys racquetball, puzzles, reading, and crocheting. “Coaching and umpiring are intense so playing hockey and racquetball releases my tension. Puzzles, reading and crocheting bring a quiet calm to my life,” stated Cindi.
Name: Cindi Lou-Villa
Community: Poway since 1993
Family: Husband – Mike, Son – Vincent, Daughter – Catherine
Team: Poway Mystix Field Hockey Club