Career Highlights

Following are publications that list Gloria Byard’s historic contribution to field hockey.

“Sports Psychology in Practice” by Mark B. Anderson


As an Example of Taking a historical perspective of ‘Others in sport, I will use African-descendant athletes and their past struggles…“However, African-descendant athletes achieved success in all the sports in which… Keturah ‘Kitty’ Waterman Cox, Tina Sloan, and Gloria Jean Byard made names for themselves in field hockey.”

“Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939” by Robert L. Harris, Jr. & Rosalyn Terbord-Penn


In field hockey, black players tended to emerge from white schools. C. Vivian Stringer was on the Mid-East hockey team. Tina Sloan Green was on the national field hockey team in 1969. She later coached at Temple from 1974 to 1979 and founded the Philadelphia Inner City field hockey program I 1980. Gloria Jean Byard was the first black to earn a position on a national touring team in 1974.

“The Timetables of African-American History” by Sharon Harley


Gloria Jean Byard is the first black to play field hockey on the US National touring team.

Gloria became a member of the 200 career win club on October 22, 2013.

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