LEAH BOODY SIMPSON - Seacoast United Essex Field Hockey Club Director

Since the spring of 2012, Leah Boody has worked to create successful field hockey programs, first at Danvers Indoor Sports for two and a half years, and now, at Seacoast United.  Leah has made it her mission to provide players of all ages and abilities with an opportunity to grow within the sport of field hockey.  She has proven that field hockey is her business and her life by putting forth her utmost effort in the programs she has created.

Leah hails from Amesbury, Massachusetts where she had a successful career in sports, especially in field hockey and softball.  In addition to high school field hockey, Leah trained in the USA Field Hockey Futures program.  She also continued to develop her skills and game knowledge while participating in Cape Ann Coalition’s club program, during which time she attended Festival and a number of National Indoor Tournaments.  Her tough and aggressive play was noticed by University of New Hampshire field hockey who recruited Leah to play Division 1 field hockey for all four years.  Boody-Simpson was awarded player of the week for the America East Conference in her 2009 season.  Her senior year, she was also named second in all offensive categories in her conference.  

As a coach and a leader, Leah has accrued extensive experience on many levels and with players of all ages.  During college, Boody spent two years as coach with Seacoast United Hampton, working with both U16s and U19s.  She also took an active role in teaching skills classes and was a referee for the adult league.  Since the winter of 2011, Leah has acted as head coach for the USA Field Hockey Futures program.  Throughout the summer, Leah can be seen on the field hockey field as summer camp coach at UNH, Nike Blue Dog, Northeast Field Hockey Camp and other area camps.  At Danvers Indoor Sports, Leah created an elite level club program with peripheral field hockey programming such as field hockey skills classes for field players and goalkeepers and winter league opportunities available to elementary, middle school and high school players.  This past spring, Boody-Simpson along with coach Jen Richardson, was able to bring her Seacoast United U16 team to the National Club Tournament.  

Boody-Simpson will begin her 8th year as assistant coach for Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, during which time the Gulls have participated in post season play and have tallied two Commonwealth Coast Conference titles. In the past two years, Endicott players, Emily Sawchuck (1st team) and Ashleigh Allen (2nd team), were named to All-American teams. 

Annie Villare- Assistant Director Seacoast United Essex

Annie is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell (2017), where she majored in Criminal Justice. Collegiately, Annie is a former Division I player and team captain for the highly competitive UMass Lowell program under veteran head coach Shannon Hlebichuk, where Annie was named to the America East All-Championship team in 2016. She was also a two-time UMass Lowell Dean's List and America East Academic Honor Roll member. Following her collegiate career, Villare served as an assistant coach at Division II Southern New Hampshire University in the Northeast-10 Conference, where she was involved in all aspects of the program, especially establishing herself as an outstanding recruiter. Annie is now in her second season as head coach at Regis College (MA,) where she led the team to their first appearance in the GNAC playoffs since joining the conference in 2017, earning the fifth seed and advancing to the semifinals.


Kayla serves as the Seacoast United Essex's goalkeeper coach. This is Kayla's 7th year as a coach with Seacoast United. She is very familiar with Leah's player expectations and goals as she participated in Leah's former program both as a coach and a player. Additionally Kayla has assisted in coaching the various programs at Seacoast United. Kayla is currently as Assistant Coach at Southern New Hampshire University where her team saw NCAA play in the 2019 season. 

Before attending Merrimack College, Kayla was a 4-year varsity player at Reading High School. As a freshamn, she earned the team's Most Improved Player award. She was also named Middlesex League All-Star as a junior and the team's top defender as a senior. Besides field hockey, Kayla lettered in girls' ice hockey and track and field. She graduated from Merrimack College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Art in Human Development and played goalkeeper for the Warriors, who qualified for National Tournament play during her sophomore season.

SUEFH is excited to have Kayla as part of its coaching staff as she is vibrant and energetic and will provide comprehensive training and incite both goalkeepers and field players alike. 


Leah and Courtney Grasso have known each other for a long time.  In fact, Courtney was actually Leah’s coach when she played for Cape Ann Coalition.  Courtney has been around field hockey all her life as her mom was also a coach for both Lynnfield High School and Cape Ann Coalition.  Presently, the legacy continues as Courtney’s daughter, Sophia, is a member of Seacoast United Essex’s U12 Club Program.

Courtney was a defender for the University of New Hampshire field hockey team from 2000 – 2004 and was selected as captain of the Wildcats in 2004. In 2004, she was also an undergrad assistant for UNH field hockey.  Courtney continued on in field hockey as a coach for Cape Ann Coalition, the Bay State Games and at summer camp at UNH. Currently, Courtney is MIAA field hockey official.

SUEFH is truly blessed to have Courtney on staff as a U16 Premier coach.  Not only is she a great coach, but so giving of her time and effort to make our program great. 


Courtney graduated from Endicott College in 2018, where she majored in mathematics and secondary education. She was a two-time captain for the Gull's field hockey team. Over the course of her four years at Endicott, the program competed in the CCC Championship three times. Courtney attended Triton Regional High School where she was named as Cape Ann League All-Star and team captain. Courtney also played club field hockey with Seacoast United Hampton for three seasons. 

Courtney is in her third year teaching math at Manchester Essex Regional High School and is also the head coach for the middle school field hockey team. This is Courtney's fifth year coaching with Seacoast United Essex. 


Endicott College senior Emily Hirtle stays on again with Courtney Brown as Seacoast United Essex’s U12 coach.  Emily graduated from Triton Regional as a four-time Scholar Athlete.  As a Triton Viking, Emily was named captain, two-time Most Valuable Player and Cape Ann League All Star during both her junior and senior years.  In addition to high school field hockey, Emily participated in club play at Seacoast United Hampton.  

Emily finished her career for the Gulls at Endicott as a midfielder.  While at Endicott, Emily received various athletic and academic awards.  As a sophomore, she earned honors on the 2015 CCC Academic All-Conference and the 2015 ZAG Field Hockey and NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad.  During her junior season, Hirtle was named CCC Defensive Player of the Week during October of 2016.  Capping off her senior season for the Gulls, Emily received All-CCC 2nd Team honors, scoring 8 goals and 5 assists for a total of 21 overall points.

At Endicott, Emily is finishing studying to be an elementary school teacher and has already worked as a student teacher in various educational settings.  Emily’s love for field hockey and for children is a good combination in making our U12 program a great experience for our young field hockey players. 


U16 Premier Coach Lyndsay Thomson is no slouch with regard to athletics an academics.  A former three sport athlete at Triton Regional High School, Lyndsay received ten varsity letters as well as being named Newburyport Daily News Female Athlete of the Year in 2000.  During her tenure at Triton, Lyndsay was also named multiple times as Cape Ann League All League Player in field hockey, basketball, and track.  She qualified for states in triple jump, shot put and 800-meters.  Her 4x800 relay team captured the Cape Ann League championship which also qualified them for state championship action.  In addition to playing for Triton, Lyndsay also participated in the USA Futures program and competed for Cape Ann Coalition Club.  

Upon graduation, Lyndsay played midfielder at the University of Connecticut whose team saw action in the NCAA quarterfinals in 2003.  At UConn, Lyndsay was named Big East Academic All Star for three years, received both NFHCA Division Academic All American and New England Scholar Awards.  Hard work and effort has certainly paid off as Lyndsay was recently inducted into the Triton High School Athlete Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2016.

As a coach, Lyndsay's experience extends to 2005 when she coached for the Cape Ann Coalition.  She has coached at numerous summer camps such as the CT Elite Camp, College Connection, Blue Dog/Nike Camp and Northeast Field Hockey Camp.  Presently, Lyndsay has returned to her alma mater as Triton's assistant varsity/JV coach.

Lyndsay's extensivve background and knowledge of field hockey will prove to be beneficial for our Seacoast United Essex players.


Emily Paladino was one of Leah Boody-Simpson's club players when Leah first began her club at DIS. Emily's love and enthusiasm for the game of field hockey is evident, as she has earned a leadership position at both North Reading High School, and her junior and senior years at Endicott College. Emily received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a license in Elementary Education and Special Education and her Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy with a Reading Specialist License. She is currently working as a Reading Specialist at the Hooks Elementary School in Chelsea, MA. Seacoast United Essex is happy to have Emily on the coaching staff as a U14 Select coach. Emily will be a great asset to the program as she enjoys coaching field hockey and being with our young players.

Vanessa is a Salisbury, MA native.  She attended Amesbury High School where she played Field Hockey, Winter Track, and Spring Track.  Her teammates elected her co-captain for both sports.  After graduating from Amesbury, Vanessa went on to play field hockey for all four years at Franklin Pierce University, and was named co-captain her senior year.  During the off-season she participated in the Best Buddies program.

Casey Pohlmeyer played field hockey for UNH during the 2010-2013 seasons.  She is currently working at Windham High School in Windham, NH where she is a math teacher and field hockey coach. Casey grew up in Annapolis, Maryland where she played outdoor and indoor for the Spark Field Hockey Club.  She was recruited by UNH at the National Indoor Tournament in 2009.

Collegiate Accolades include:  America East All-Conference First Team (2012 & 2013); America East All-Championship Team (2012 & 2013); NFHCA All-Region First Team (2013); NFHCA All-Region Second Team (2012); America East All-Conference Second Team (2011); America East All-Rookie Team (2010); America East Rookie of the Week (8/30/10); NFHCA All-Academic Squad (2013); Started every game during the 2010-2013 seasons

Other Accolades:  USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship participant in 2012 & 2013; USA Indoor Team 2011 & 2012; Coached Windham High School to 2 back to back state championships in 2016 & 2017


Leigh Shea of Ipswich enters her first year as a coach in the Seacoast United Field Hockey Club. Shea is no stranger to coaching, she started her coaching career as an Assistant at Umass-Lowell helping to capture the 2005 Division II National Championship. Shea then went on to coach Dedham High School Varsity field hockey and Cape Ann Coalition in 2009 and 2010. In 2010 Leigh and her husband moved to Virginia for work opportunities.  While in VA, she assisted at Roanoke college. She returned to MA eager to get involved with field hockey in New England again. 

Shea, a graduate of Bishop Fenwick High School, played Varsity Field Hockey (co-captain 2000,Herald All scholastic 2000), varsity basketball, and varsity softball (co-captain 2000). She went on to play at Northeastern University 2000-2003. She was co-captain her senior year and American East Defensive Player of The Year 2003. She made the American All Rookie team 2000, first team Northeastern Region All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association 2003, and NFHCA Senior All-Star 2003.

DEREK GOFF - Personal Trainer & Strength/Conditioning Coach

Derek started coaching in 2011, teaching group fitness classes and personal training.
His expertise is in functional training, performance training, weight lifting and kettlebell
training. He also teaches how to improve overall movement using prehab and rehab
techniques for those who are recovering from an injury, and to help prevent injuries. He
has worked with every age group over the course of his career, helping those individuals
achieve their goals. Derek coaches Strength and Conditioning for numerous sports at
the middle school and high school level. These sports include: Field Hockey, Ice Hockey,
Gymnastics and Swimming. He has also worked with Football teams and coached
individual athletes in the sports of Tennis, Softball, Basketball and Baseball to improve
their overall Strength, Speed and Performance. Currently, outside of working with
Seacoast United, Derek works at the Beverly YMCA where he does Personal Training
for all age groups. He also works for the Pingree School in Hamilton MA as a Strength & Conditioning coach.

USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
SUEFH Club Strength & Conditioning Coach 2017-present
Pingree School Strength & Conditioning Coach
Beverly Wildcats Gymnastics Team Strength Coach (2015-present)
Lynn Classical High School Football Strength & Conditioning Coach (2015)
Salem State University Sport and Movement Science (2008-2012)
Madlab Group Mentor Coach Certified; Crossfit Level 1 Certified; Crossfit Kettlebell Certified; Crossfit Kids Certified; Over 7 years experience training youth/high school/college level athletes; CPR/First Aid Certified


In High School, Marisa was a 4-year Varisty athlete across 3 sports at Oakmont Regional High School:  Field hockey, Basketball, and Softball.  As a 4-year starter and Center Midfielder, she lead the field hockey team to one State Final (2009), 2 district championships, and 3 league titles.  She was a 2-time Co-Captain, 3x team MVP and 2x League MVP, 4x League All-Star Best of 60, and Central Mass Player of the Year (2009).

After High School, Marisa played forward at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and won 2 A-10 Championships, participated in 2 NCAA Sweet-16s with the Minutewomen (2010, 2012), and received a Coaches Award for her hard work and commitment to the program (2012). Also selected to play in USA Field Hockey’s Women’s National Championship in 2012. Marisa graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Isenburg School of Business in Hopspitality and Tourism Management. After graduating UMass, she played her redshirt year as a Graduate student at Northeastern University playing alongside of her twin sister, who was the Senior Captain of the Huskies. Marisa helped the team to a 14-4 regular season record, received nomination for CAA all tournament team (2014). In 2016, she graduated from NU with a Master’s in Corporate and organization Communication and now works as a Sales Consultant at Education First Headquarters in Cambridge, MA. 


Emma attended Triton Regional High School where she competed on the JV field hockey team in 8th grade and was a four year varsity member and a captain in her senior season. She was a three time Cape Anne League All Star, lead the league with 31 goals her senior year, and was chosen to compete in the Big 60 Senior All Star game. Emma was a three sport athlete competing also in track and softball where she was also named captain her senior year in both sports, respectively.  

An alumni of Seacoast United, she attended Franklin Pierce University and was a member of the Division II field hockey team. She received lots of academic awards, and graduated with a Biology degree and Chemistry minor with Honors and an executive board member for Phi Sigma Zeta.

Elizabeth Egan

Elizabeth graduated from Merrimack College in 2017, earning her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. While at Merrimack, she was a four year started on the field hockey team earning Rookie of the Year (2013) and Defensive Player of the Year (2014) titles. She competed in two NCAA Final Fours (2013, 2015) and a National Championship (2016) as well as holds two MCFH records: Most Defensive Saves in a Single Season and Most Defensive Saves in a Career, making her the 4th in the NE-10 and 11th in the nation for defensive saves. Elizabeth was named to the Northeast- 10 All Rookie Team in 2012 and was on the NFHCA All-Academic Team all four years. In her Final year at Merrimack she was named a Division II Senior All Star.
Following her collegiate career, Elizabeth has spent the last four years coaching for Cape Cod Field Hockey Elite teams and has directed the Phantoms Field Hockey Club for the last three years. Outside of field hockey Elizabeth continued her education at Merrimack and earned her Masters of Science in Community Health Education. She now works as a K-5th grade physical education teacher in Framingham, MA. She is excited to be joining SUFH this indoor season.

Vanessa Kaddaras
Vanessa is a current junior at Merrimack College where she is double majoring in Human Development and Human Services and Education. She currently plays Division 1 field hockey for the Warriors and was named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad in 2019. Vanessa was also part of the NE-10 Championship win in 2018 landing them a spot in the NCAA playoffs. Academically, she has been named to Merrimack College's Dean's list every semester including one semester on the President's list. Vanessa is now in her second year as a U16 coach for Seacoast United.