My favorite sports event/memory/moment is ... setting the national shuttle hurdle record in high school, clearing 6’4” in the high jump, and playing field hockey in the USOC’s 1982 National Sports Festival.
Cris started playing field hockey in 1975. He eventually played at the national level though he fell short of making the USA national men’s team that played in the 1984 Olympics. He was the assistant coach for teams that won gold medals at two USOC national events. He has been organizing youth and adult field hockey programs for boys and girls, men and women, since 1983. He was regional director of USA Field Hockey’s Futures program in the early 1990s and helped prepare its first national curriculum. Cris is one of only a few of USA Field Hockey's Level II Umpire Coaches and has taught hundreds of new and experienced umpires from across the nation. He is the author of FIELD HOCKEY: UNDERSTANDING THE GAME and JUMP IN: BEGINNER’S GUIDE FIELD HOCKEY UMPIRING. Cris developed a unique approach to teaching new players individual skills (holding the stick, dribbling, passing, receiving, etc.) that accelerates how quickly beginners can be successful. He was asked to present the technique at an IOC Olympic Solidarity Seminar for coaches from around the world in 1985. His techniques have been dubbed the Maloney Method, which he uses in his teaching responsibilities at Centercourt.
“With numerous field hockey-ready sites throughout New Jersey, Centercourt is in a unique position to help advance the sport and its athletes. We formed a travel team for boys within one month of opening our site in Lawrence Township and our girls travel team competed in its first tournament a couple of months later. Centercourt offers a full slate of programming, from training camps to leagues, for beginners who have never touched a field hockey stick before and high-performance players eager to take their skills to the highest level possible.”