Session 2: The Dangers Facing Today’s Coaches #NFHCA2018

Session 2: The Dangers Facing Today’s Coaches #NFHCA2018


Presenter: Thomas Newkirk, Partner at Newkirk Zwagerman

Mr. Newkirk will identify the dangers facing today’s coaches and will discuss strategies for addressing these dangers. He will also discuss how a coach can protect herself/himself when a complaint is filed as well as the proactive steps a coach should take during a review or investigation into her/his program.


The Coach



National Field Hockey Coaches Association


Thomas Newkirk

Thomas Newkirk focuses exclusively in the areas of plaintiff-oriented civil rights and employment law.  Tom's primary although not exclusive focus within discrimination law is the representation of African Americans and women in their pursuit of an equitable share of the benefits of American society.

Tom has been working for the past several years on practice methods that are better designed to deal successfully with the changing realities of modern cases of racism, sexism, and hidden bias.

Prior to 1995, Tom engaged in the solo practice of law and performed one year of service for the Story County Legal Aide Society.  Immediately out of law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Richard Schlegel of the Iowa Court of Appeals.  He was later asked to serve under Judge Rosemary Sackett, also of the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Tom holds degrees from Drake University and Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa.  He was admitted before the courts of the State of Iowa in 1989.  He is also admitted to practice in both Federal District Courts in Iowa, as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Current professional affiliations include the National Employment Lawyers Association, and Iowa Employment Lawyers Association, for which he has been an officer for several years.


The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a non-profit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.

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