Jill Funk - Athlete - STX Field Hockey

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Jill Funk

#10 Team USA Forward
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Alma Mater: University of Maryland


  • Team USA member, played in the 2016 Rio Games
  • Gold medal-winner at 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto
  • Two time All-American at the University of Maryland
  • Two time ACC (2010, 2013) and National Champion (2010, 2011)
Why I Use STX

I love their Stallion 800 stick. I play forward and it is perfect for my position. It has a lighter feel for quick hand skills, but is very powerful when I am shooting for a strong, solid shot.


Q. How old were you when you started playing?

A. I started when I was in eighth grade, so around 14 years old.

Q. Who was your favorite athlete (any sport) growing up?

A. Dina Rizzo, she played on the USA National Team.

Q. What was your Play Huge moment in your career?

A. At the Champions Trophy tournament, we played Australia for the first game and I was coming back from a pulled hamstring. I ended up scoring by the ball hitting the top cross bar and hitting it in the air into the goal.

Q. What song is always on your pregame play list?

A. I like Fight Song by Rachel Platten and Rise Up by Andra Day

Q. What’s your favorite movie?

A. Tangled and the newer Pride and Prejudice, Gladiator and The Italian Job

Q. What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

A. Just keep going, even when it hurts

Q. What’s the one thing you’d like to see changed in your sport?

A. I would like to see more club teams for younger boys to play here in the states. I would also like to see more clubs and teams for players to play on after their college career so that they can continue to play.

Q. Who’s your favorite teammate you’ve ever played with?

A. I love playing with Melissa Gonzalez on the National team

Q. Who is or was the most influential person in helping you on your way to become a professional athlete?

A. I would say all my coaches had a huge impact on getting me where I am today. My parents and family are also a huge support.

Q. Describe your playing style in three words.

A. Fast, direct, deadly

Q. What’s your favorite exercise or drill to do while you’re training and why?

A. Any drill where I can shoot on cage.

Q. What’s your favorite pre-game meal?

A. Cinnamon oatmeal, with a banana, peanut butter and coffee

Q. Tell us your favorite motivational quote.

A. You can do all things through Christ, who strengthens you

Q. If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A. I would love to play in Holland or New Zealand

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