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Thursday, March 30, 2000


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The backbone of field hockey

Sean Maraj/Gazette
ALRIGHT, HOW ABOUT INSTEAD OF SKIRTS WE USE CAPES. IT WORKS FOR SUPERMAN. Mustang head coach Keith Concisom with his manager Karen Murtaugh discuss a new look for field hockey on Tuesday.

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

By day, he's a mild-mannered chiropractor. By night, he's the head coach of Western's field and indoor hockey teams. He's not a bird or a plane, his name his Keith Concisom and this is his story.

A former Western grad, Concisom is a native of Sarnia, Ontario. He's been coaching for about 10 years and his experience crosses several different levels of the field hockey circuit. He became a coach at Western five years ago, for a two year stint, winning a bronze medal in his first season.

After a few years as an assistant coach at Northwestern University, Concisom returned to Western this year to assume the head coaching position for both the field and indoor hockey teams. After years of coaching, Concisom pointed to familial influences as a reason he entered the field hockey game.

"I got started through my father," Concisom said. "I've been playing since I was in Grade 8."

While Concisom has a great passion for the sport, he insisted that for him, it's a hobby and he wasn't looking for a long-term career in the field. Instead, he looked towards his day job as the real passion of his life.

"It's very hard to get a career in the sport. It's a side thing for me. I'm a chiropractor and this is my hobby. [Coaching field hockey is] not a very stable job, it goes as far as university – maybe the Olympics."

As a coach, Concisom said he thought he was doing a good job here at Western, rating his performance over this past year as very strong.

"My strengths are, I have a good knowledge of the game and I incorporate other experiences. I also have a pretty strong desire to win. I wouldn't drive to London just for fun."

While Concisom felt he brought a lot to the table as a coach, he said he wasn't above pointing out some of his weaknesses, which he hoped he could improve upon. "I'm a little impatient. When you have a whole bunch of people and you want something done, you want it done right away."

After all these years, Concisom still looked to his father as his biggest inspiration and the person whose footsteps he wanted most to follow. He particularly admired his father's dedication to the game.

"He introduced me to the sport and epitomizes what a coach should do," Concisom said. "He drives all over the place and does it for free. He gives tirelessly of his time. That's what I look towards trying to do in my career."

When considering his chiropractic work, Concisom said it was the most important thing in his life and he looked forward to helping the Sarnia community.

"As far as I want it to go," Concisom said, when asked how far he envisioned himself going as a chiropractor. "I love being sports-minded, I can see a big need for that in Sarnia. If things go as expected, I think I can help."

His future as a Western coach, Concisom said, depended on Western's administration, but he would always be interested in being a part of the program.

"As long as Western is dedicated and willing to keep the excellence up," he said. "How long, it's up to administration and on what sacrifices they're willing to make. I want to see what's best for Western."

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