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 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 4th 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.  Currently, as a senior at Merrimack College, Kayla is a human development major and has been training as a goalkeeper for Merrimack which saw 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 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.

Taylor Teixeira  

Taylor Teixeira is an Exeter, NH native.  She attended Endicott College where she was a four-year member of the field hockey program.  Teixeira graduated as one of the program's most decorated players, holding records in most career wins, most games started, and most minutes played as a goalie.  She was a three-time All Conference selection, two-time All Regional honoree, and garnered CCC Defensive Player of the Year accolades her junior and senior season.  Teixeira captained the Gulls for the 2011 and 2012 seasons helping to lead the program to their first ever Championship titles and NCAA Tournament appearances.  Upon graduation, Teixeira joined the Gulls coaching staff in 2014 while completing graduate school.  

Taylor will join Kayla Raneri in training the goalies of Seacoast United Essex Field Hockey Club.

   
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.  Emily is currently completing her 5th year at Endicott College in an Education Fellowship program.  She is teaching 5th grade at Clark Avenue Middle School in Chelsea, MA while getting her Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy with a Reading Specialist License.

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 is a senior at Merrimack College and is majoring in elementary education with a minor in psychology.  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 Conferece 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.

   
MaKayla Hancock
 

MaK Hancock is in her 1st year coaching with Seacoast United Essex Field Hockey Club as a U19 Premier Coach.  In addition to coaching for SUEFH, MaK just finished her 2nd season as the assistant field hockey coach at Northeastern University.  Prior to Northeastern, she was a volunteer assistant at Providence College for 2 seasons while gaining her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.

A 4-year letter winner at Bryant University, MaK served as the team captain of the Bulldogs in her junior and senior seasons and was a three-time NEC Academic Honor Roll honoree.  After playing and starting in all 18 games of her senior year as a defender, MaK was named to the All-MAAC Second Team.  Before the Bulldogs, MaK played for the Showhegan Indians in Skowhegan, Maine where she led her team to a 69-3 record during her 4-year career, winning three state championship titles.  She was named a regional All-American her junior and senior years, and a two-time All-State selection.  MaK was also named a 2009 Miss Maine Field Hockey nominee.

MaK spends most of her time around the game, if not with the Huskies at Northeastern or with SUEFH, its with the Future's program.  MaK coaches at numerous regional sites around New Englan during the winter and early spring.  In the summertime MaK coaches the Northeast Regional Women's High Performance sessions, and the Northeast Junior High Performance teams.

Fun Fact:  MaK played alongside her triplet sisters throughout her entire field hockey career - youth leagues, club, middle school, high school, and at the collegiate level.

Kat Simula
 

Kat Simula is a first year Seacoast United coach.  She graduated High School from Newfound Regional High School in Bristol, NH, where she was a 3-sport athlete playing field hockey, basketball, and softball all four years.  During her field hockey career her team won 3 State Championships and 1 Runner-Up.  She finished her high school career with First Team All-State honors and Division 3 Player of the Year.

Kat attended Keene State College where she majored in Business Management and works full time in Woburn, MA.  During her college career at Keene State, her teams won 2 Little East Conference Championships (2011 & 2013) and were Runners-Up in 2010 & 2012.  After Keene won their conference championships, they advanced to the NCAA Sweet-16 Championships.

In 2010, Kat earned the LEC Rookie of the Year award, NFHCA Third Team All-Conference in 2010 & 2011, and NFHCA First Team All-Conference in 2012 & 2013.  During her senior season she also earned 2013 Defensive Player of the Year and All-American honors.

After her senior season, Kat stayed for one more semester at Keene State where she was an Assistant Coach during the fall 2014 season.  She is passionate about playing, still participating in an adult league in Boston and is excited about her first year coaching!

 
Sophia Cogliano
  U16 coach Sophia Cogliano started playing for Leah Boody-Simpson her sophomore year of high school and still does now being a junior at Endicott College.  She has been the leading goal scorer for the Gulls since her freshman year resulting in receiving awards such as Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Conference and region.  When she was in high school, she was named Cape Ann League All-Star and team captain.  She is now a nursing major and aspires to be an oncology nurse after college.  Due to her field hockey experience, playing for this club team and playing in college, we are excited to have her join our SUEFH coaching staff!  Our players will love her positive energy and love for the game.
 
Hunter Bracale  
 

Hunter is a native of Hershey, Pennsylvania where she was a 3-sport athlete at Lower Dauphin High School.  Hunter excelled in field hockey, basketball and soccer, becoming just the 2nd female at LD to win 12 varsity letters.  Hunter was a 3-time All-Conference award winner in both soccer and field hockey, earning All-State and All-American honors her senior year in both sports.  She was a 2-time captain in her field hockey career helping her team win the state championships in 2009 and 2013.  In 2013, Hunter was named Mid-Penn Player of the Year and was a finalist for the PA Female Athlete of the Year award.

Hunter continued her field hockey career at Duke University where she was a 3-year starter in the midfield for the Blue Devils.  While at Duke, the Blue Devils earned 2 Final Four appearances and were National Finalists in 2013.  The Blue Devils won the ACC Championship in 2016 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament all 4 years, entering as the #1 overall seed her senior year.  Hunter was a 3-time ACC-Academic honoree as well as a 2014 and 2015 South Region second team member.

Hunter graduated from Duke in the spring of 2017 and is currently employed for Oracle in Boston.  Hunter will be the head coach of the U16 Bronze and U19 Stars.

Rylie Hammond  
 

Rylie Hammond is a first year coach for Seacoast United Essex.  Rylie has played alongside coach Kayla, Sydney, and Taylor at Merrimack College.

Rylie is from Phillipston, MA and is currently studying Health Science at Merrimack College.  She has been a 4-year starter for the Merrimack College Field Hockey team and was named captain of her team this past season.

During her senior season Rylie's All-American nod came after a Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team selection as one of the top offensive performers league wide.  Hammond finished the season leading the Warriors in both goals and points.  The Phillipston native finished third in the conference in both goals and points.  Nationally, Hammond also ranked fourth in points per game (2.39).

The 4-year starting attacker finished her career as one of the top players to come through Merrimack.  Hammond's 50 career goals are the 2nd most in school history, while her 116 points rank as the third most all-time.  Hammond owns the program record with 13 career game-winning strikes.