COACHING STAFF

Jennifer Richardson

Jen Richardson is a 3rd year coach with Seacoast United Essex Field Hockey Club as a U16 Premier Coach and a general all-around “right hand” woman to Leah.  In addition to coaching for SUEFH, Jen serves as Director of the BAA, the Masconomet Youth Field Hockey Program.  The BAA provides opportunities for players from ages K-8th grade in field hockey development and has been integral in the growth of the sport within the area.  This spring, Jen and Leah brought the Seacoast United U16 team to the National Club Tournament.  Having left the position as director of the Masconomet Youth Program, Jen is presently coaching varsity field hockey at Pingree School.

A stand-out athlete at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, Jen lettered all four years in field hockey, basketball, and softball.  She was named captain for her teams and All-Conference in all three sports.  Additionally, for field hockey, Jen was named Cape Ann League Player of the Year and All-Scholastic by Boston Herald and Boston Globe.  In the fall of 2016, Jen was named to the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Hall of Fame. 

From 1994-1997, Jenn was a key player at Northeastern University, where she was inducted into Northeastern’s Hall of Fame in 2009.  She led NU to four consecutive championship titles.  Northeastern also made four NCAA tournament appearances and two final four appearances during her field hockey career.  While in college, Richardson also participated in A-Camp Olympic training for three years and Olympic training after graduation.

SUEFH is fortunate to have Jen Richardson as coach because she conveys to her players a love for the game and will also be instrumental in providing the players information about collegiate play and recruitment. 

   
Kayla Raneri

Kayla Raneri serves as Seacoast United Essex’s Assistant Director of Operations and Goalkeeper Coach for all SUEFH’s club teams.  She has been also called upon to assist at SUEFH’s skills classes.  This is Kayla’s 5th year as a club goalkeeper coach.  She is very familiar with Leah’s players’ expectations and goals as she participated in Leah’s former program both as coach and player.  Additionally, Kayla has assisted in coaching the “Stick 2 It” program and has helped out within her town program for Reading Youth Field Hockey Clinics.

Before attending Merrimack College, Kayla was a 4-year varsity player at Reading High School.  As a freshman, 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 Science in Human Development and played goalkeeper for the Warriors, which qualified for National Tournament play during her sophomore season. 

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

   
Courtney Grasso

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. 

   
Sydney Bowker

Seacoast United Essex is elated that Sydney Bowker came through our doors with fellow Merrimack College player, Kayla Raineri.  This Schenectady, NY resident has been a stand-out athlete throughout her high school and college career.  A four year varsity field hockey player, Sydney showed that she was a true leader both on and off the field.  She was a three year scholar athlete, captained her team two years while being team leading scorer.  Her accolades include two-time recipient of the Coach’s Award, Surburban Council honorable mention All-Star and First Team Section II All-Star.  She also participated in club play with the renowned ADK of New York.

Sydney is a senior at Merrimack College with her concentration as business.  Throughout her career as field hockey player, she has proven to be a threat in the Northeast 10 Conference with a .500 shots on goal percentage.  As a senior captain, Sydney provided leadership both on and off the field.  She was twice named to the NFHCA All-Academic Team and this fall Player of the Week after Merrimack’s victory over Stonehill in the Conference Championships.

This is Sydney’s 3rd year as U19 Premier Coach for Seacoast United Essex.  She is a true leader who will be able to relate to our players her experience as a member of a club team and of a competitive college program.

   
Courtney Brown

U12 coach Courtney Brown just completed her senior season as a defender for Endicott College.  Courtney was a two-time captain of the Gulls, and was a standout player for Triton Regional High School in both field hockey and lacrosse where she received the Coach’s Award and was team captain.  In field hockey, she was named as Cape Ann League All Star. Courtney played club field hockey with Seacoast United Hampton.  

This is Courtney's third year coaching with Seacoast United Essex.  Her prio coaching experience includes working with the Triton Youth Field Hockey program as well as the Special Olympics.  Once Courtney graduates in May 2018, she will become a high school math teacher.  We are happy that Courtney has joined the Seacoast United Essex field hockey coaching staff as she will be able to relate to her young players her love and excitement for the sport.

   
Emily Hirtle  

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. 

   
Erin Leising  

Erin Leising is an assistant coach for Seacoast United Essex’s skill classes Amesbury, and has been relied upon to assist at our program out of Pingree. Although she is now a resident of North Andover, Erin graduated from Williamsvillle South High School, New York in 2012, where she captained both her Junior Varsity and Varsity field hockey teams.  Graduating from high school with honors, Erin received an academic scholarship to attend Niagara University.  

Erin has become an integral part of SUEFH’s skills program.  She has an interest in children and in field hockey which makes a wonderful combination for a good coach.

   
Lyndsay Thomson
 

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

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 LeBlanc
  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
 

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

   
Taylor Simpson
 

Taylor Simpson graduated from Merrimack College with a major in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She is currently in graduate school at Merrimack College studying Moderate Disabilities. At Merrimack she is in a fellowship program that allows her to work at Summer Street Elementary School in Lynnfield Massachusetts while getting her masters in one year. She is from York, ME and played field hockey in both high school and college. In high school she was nominated for Miss Maine Field Hockey and an all star for 2 years. She
also broke a record her senior year for most goals in a season (46). In high school she played club for both Seacoast United in Hampton NH and Hockeymates out of Durham NH.

Throughout her career as a field hockey player in the Northeast-10 Conference playing midfield she was named the NE-10 Rookie of the Year and also named to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team her freshman year. During that year she was also named NE-10 Rookie of the Week twice, and named to the NFHCA All-Academic Team. That season, she led Merrimack with 15 goals, 4 assists, and 34 points. As a sophomore, she finished 3rd on the team with 10 goals, 6 assists, and 26 points, and was a key contributor to the 8th best offense in the nation. As a junior she had 9 goals and 5 assists for 23 points. As a senior, she recorded
12 goals and 8 assists for a total of 32 points. Taylor was named to the NE-10 All-Conference Second Team during her senior year, and also joined the 100 point club ending her career with 115 points (46 goals and 23 assists). This leaves her in the 4th spot on the career-scoring list at Merrimack College.

 
Bailey Fanikos
 

Bailey Fanikos is a current junior on the UNH field hockey team. Prior to UNH, she spent two years on the University of Virginia’s field hockey team with whom she won an ACC title. Bailey is from Lynnfield, MA and attended Lynnfield High School before college. She played for Leah Boody alongside Kayla Raneri at her first club, Danvers Indoor Sports. She also competed for Boston Field Hockey club during her high school years. She was selected her freshman and sophomore year of college for the High performance training program through
USA field hockey and has competed at the Young Women’s National championship for two years.
Bailey will be working with the U-19 Select Players. Bailey is a strong forward who will bring her shooting skills and knowledge of the position to the program with lots of energy!

 
Cami Molinare
 

Endicott College senior Cami Molinare is a first time coach for U16 at Seacoast United Essex. Cami graduated from Simsbury High School in Simsbury, CT as a four-time scholar athlete. As captain of the Simsbury Trojans her senior year, Cami received First-Team All-Conference accolades.

In her collegiate field hockey career for the Endicott College Gulls, Cami received various academic and athletic awards. As both a freshman and sophomore, Cami was recognized on the Endicott Academic Varsity Club and 2015/2016 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA DIII National Academic Squad, and earned the 2015/2016 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA DIII Scholars of Distinction Award. During her junior year, Cami once again was recognized on the Endicott Academic Varsity Club and 2017 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA DIII National Academic Squad, and earned the 2017 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA DIII Scholars of Distinction Award. She, also, recorded 7 defensive saves for the Gulls and was awarded All- CCC Second Team accolades. Currently in her final season at Endicott, as a Senior Captain, Cami is hoping to clench the CCC Conference Championship title.

Academically, Cami is finishing her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Endicott and has worked as a student teacher in a variety of school districts, at a variety of grade levels. All things considered, Cami’s love for the game of field hockey combined with her passion for teaching young adults will make for an excellent combination as a coach and mentor for all U16 field hockey players.

 
Leigh Shea
 

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.