Coaching Staff

2016/17 Season

Sarah Richards - Director of Seacoast United Field Hockey Club
U16 Navy & U19 Gold

Sarah is a graduate of Rider University (2009) in New Jersey were she majored in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Healthcare Administration.  While attending the school, she played defense on the successful Rider field hockey team and was a starter her junior and senior years. During her time at the University, she was the Vice President of a group called Student Athlete Mentors (SAM) and was very involved in coaching at several camps, both at Rider and also where she attended high school at Oyster River in Durham, NH. At Oyster River, Sarah was also a 4-year starter on the school varsity field hockey team.  In her senior year, she was honored to captain the team and earned 1st Team All-State honors as well as being named to the Foster’s Dream Team.  

After gradutating from Rider, Sarah worked as a clinical instructor at the Birchtree Center in Newington, NH.  Birchtree is a private school that provides direct 1:1 instruction to children with autism.  She is also an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and as with many Seacoast United coaches, wants to work on all of our players being in great shape for Field Hockey and sport in general.  Sarah is also the Head Varsity Field Hockey Coach at Dover High School in Dover, NH.

Sarah has a long history with the Seacoast United Field Hockey program, where she has been a head coach since returning from Rider University in 2009.  She also has moved through the ranks as a former player, where she graced the turf from 2001-2005.  The opportunity to accept the position of Club Director is something that Sarah relishes. “After already being a coach at the Club for the last four years and as a former player, I am ready and eager to step into the role of Director.  I am honored and excited to be provided such an exciting opportunity. As a former member of the club I know what a positive experience the program had provided for me and I believe that playing here is what helped me reach my dreams of playing college field hockey. The opportunities that we offer our young athletes all across New England can help prepare them for the future. I am extremely excited to continue making an impact in the lives of our athletes while also sharing my knowledge and love for the game.”

Vice president Ian Burgess also added “Sarah was the obvious choice for the program.  Her passion, knowledge and dedication for driving the program forward is something we are truly excited for.  Her fresh ideas and infectious personality will definitely draw more players to the sport and also provide greater opportunities for field hockey players within our region of New England.  Behind the scenes, she has already begun to lay the groundwork for not only the near future, but identifying where we can take the club long-term.  We are very excited to bring Sarah into the Seacoast United family.” 


Eli Skovron - Assistant Director of Field Hockey
U12 Navy and U16 Gold

Eli is returning for her second year as the Assistant Director of Field Hockey at Seacoast United, and her 8th year of coaching.  She played field hockey for the club from 1998-2004.  Eli graduated from College of the Holy Cross in 2008 where she was a 3-year starter for the Crusaders.  She was named to the Patriot League Second Team in 2006 and was captain of her team in 2007.  Throughout her four years in college, Eli spent her summers coaching at field hockey camps in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Upon graduation, Eli worked as the assistant coach for the Merrimack College field hockey team.  Eli was a 3 year letter recipient for field hockey and lacrosse at Exeter High School where she graduated in 2004.   She has worked with all age groups throughout her time coaching at Seacoast United, and will be working closely with the U12 and U16 girls this winter.  Eli is the assistant varsity coach at Exeter High School, where she has coached for the last three years.  In addition to coaching, Eli worked as a classroom assistant at Newmarket Elementary School, before teaching math at Learning Skills Academy in Rye from 2011-2015.  received her masters in Elementary Education (1-6) from Lesley University in 2010.


Melissa Grant - Director of Field Hockey Goalkeeping

Melissa is entering her fifth year with the SUFH Club as the Goalkeeping Director. A 2010 graduate of Winnacunnet High School (Hampton, NH), Melissa was a 3-year varsity letter winner for the Warriors.  She posted a 1.23 career goals against average with 25 shutouts in 47 games.  As a senior, Melissa had a 1.03 GAA with 9 shutouts.  She had a career .870 save percentage and was named First Team All-State as well as a New Hampshire Twin States Games selection.  In pursuit of her collegiate career, Melissa was named to the New England Premiere All-Star team.  As a freshman for Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY) Melissa appeared in 18 games in goal and posted a 2.53 goals against average, a .773 save percentage and a 7-10-0 record with one shutout.  She was named Freedom Conference Goalie of the Week and Manhattanville Athlete of the Week twice.  From this, Melissa was nationally ranked 37th in the country (Division III) for saves per game.  Currently Melissa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology - Sport Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She has coached for Division II Southern New Hampshire University, and assists many high schools in their preseason training in New Hampshire.  In the offseason, Melissa is the Director of Field Hockey for the Granite State Games recruiting showcase in June, a Recruiting Coordinator for Next College Student Athlete, and coaches middle school field hockey for Hampton Academy.  Coach Mel is looking forward to another successful season with a group of talented goalkeepers.


Coaching Staff - Hampton NH

Janelle Magoon
U12 White

Bio coming soon!

Johanna Rodden
U14 Navy

This is Johanna's second  year coaching for the club.  She was a 3-sport athlete at Somersworth High School playing basketball, field hockey, and softball.  After high school, she attended New England College (2003 graduate) in Henniker, NH where she was a four year starter on the women's field hockey team.  During that time the team won three Commonwealth Coastal Conference titles, three NCAA tournament appearances and one ECAC tournament appearance.  In addition to field hockey at NEC, Coach Rodden also played on the women's basketball team that appeared in three Commonwealth Coastal Conference tournaments. Throughout her  high school and college career, she coached at numerous field hockey and basketball camps and youth programs throughout NH.  Johanna is an energetic coach who knows how to get her players motivated!  We are very excited to have her returning this year to coach one of our top U14 teams!

Patty Jarema
U14 Blue

Patty is excited to be in her first year of coaching with Seacoast United.  She played field hockey at Reading High School in Massachusetts earning many accolades for her achievement including All-Scholastic, Best of 60, HS Hall of Fame.  She continued playing field hockey in college at Towson University and coaching summer youth development camps in Reading, MA.  Patty is a 2013 graduate of University of New Hampshire with a PH.D. in Natural Resources and Earth System Sciences and is currently a faculty member at UNH.

Jessi Paul
U16 White and U16 Blue
Jessi is in her third year of coaching at Seacoast United. She is a 2007 graduate of New England College where she played one year of field hockey before deciding to focus her college career in ice hockey. She was a 4 year starter for the women’s ice hockey team, still currently holds second for most games played with 107. Before college she attended Somersworth High School where she started playing field hockey as a sophomore and played Varsity for the next 2 years where she was a captain for those two years. During her senior year she made First team All State and Fosters Dream Team.  Jessi also played 4 years of Boys' Varsity Hockey and during her senior year was the only female in the state to be named on an all-state team. She has a strong passion for the game of field hockey and continues to play it at Seacoast herself.  Jessi is also the JV Field Hockey Coach at Dover High School in Dover, NH.  She is a stay at home mom to three kids.  Jessi's passion, dedication and love for the game are contagous, and we are very lucky to have her as a member of our coaching staff.

Kerry Lyons
U16 Blue

Bio coming soon!

Tori Bergantino
U16 Red

Tori graduated from Bentley University in 2012 with a degree in Computer Information Systems, and now works in IT at Liberty Mutual Insurance.  As a midfielder at Bentley for 4 years, she was also a 2-year captain of the team her junior and senior years.  Before college she was a 3-year varsity field hockey player at Waltham High School and 2-year varsity lacrosse player.  As a second  year coach at Seacoast, she strives to create a cohesive team environment and share her love of the sport with young athletes.

Courtney Glynn
U19 Navy

Courtney is in her second year coaching with Seacoast United Field Hockey Club.  She graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 with a degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education and later graduated from UMaine with her master's degree in Exercise Science in 2014.  She played all four years for the UMaine field hockey team as a midfield/forward and continued to help and assist the team during her graduate studies.  Before UMaine, she attended Winnacunnet High School where she was a four year varsity field hockey, winter track, and softball player.  During high school she played for Seacoast United Field Hockey Club and attended tournaments such as the Disney Showcase and the National Field Hockey Festival.  Courtney currently lives in Hampton, NH and teaches Physical Education and Wellness at Winnacunnet High School.

Erika Anderholm
U19 White

This is Erika's second year coaching for the club.  She was a 3-sport athlete at Dover High School in Dover, NH playing basketball, field hockey, and track.  After high school, she attended the University of New Hampshire where she majored in athletic training and was a member of the Track and Field team.  In addition to running at UNH, Erika played in the adult field hockey leagues here at Seacoast United, and also volunteered as a strength and conditioning coach for high school athletes, and coached field hockey and track part-time.  After college, she worked as a personal trainer and coach in the NH Seacoast area.  Erika currently lives in Kingston, NH and works for the Boston-based healthcare company American Well.

Mary Quill
U19 White

Mary graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a degree in Communications and Business.  She played all four years for the UNH field Hockey team as a forward.  Before college, she attended Portsmouth High School where she was a four year varsity field hockey and lacrosse player.  While in high school, she played for the Cape Ann Coalition field hockey club and attended tournaments such as National Field Hockey Festival, National Indoor Championship, and the Disney Showcase.  Currently living in Portsmouth, NH, she works for Allergan Pharmaceuticals.  Mary brings a lot of passion and knowledge of the game to our program.  we are extremely excited to have Mary on our coaching staff this year!

Jess Walsh
U19 Blue

Bio coming soon!

Annie Villare
U19 Red

Annie is a senior at University of Massachusetts Lowell finishing her degree in Criminal Justice.  Annie played all four years for the UMass Lowell field hockey team as a midfielder.  Her class was the first to commit to the UMass Lowell Field Hockey program after its elevation to Division I in 2013.  Before attending UMass Lowell, Annie was a four year varsity starter for the Chelmsford Lions, where she also played softball.  Annie played for the Northeast Elite Field Hockey Program, where she was a member when it was first established.  This is Annie's first season with Seacoast United.

Mike Wellington
Mike is a 1989 graduate of the University of New Hampshire.  During his time at UNH he competed in the decathlon and held the America East record for the event for 23 years.  After graduating he threw all of his competitive energy into learning to coach field hockey on a high level. During the subsequent 26 years coaching he compiled a 212 win to only 43 losses record.  Mike coached in the USA Field Hockey Futures program for five years, earning his Level 2 Coaching certificate from the US National team coaching staff in 2011.  He has been a Futures National Championship coach three times and coached his U19 team to a Bronze medal in 2012.  This is Mike's 10th year on the Seacoast United coaching staff.  His duties have included coaching U12 through U19.  Most recently he was the the coach of last years U14 Gold team and many of his players were selected for our Regional Club Championship Team that made it to Nationals in July 2016.  At Nationals, this U14 team came in 10th place in the country.  Mike has coached Seacoast teams that have attended National Festival on four occasions as well as Disney Showcase.  Mike brings a a lot of passion and energy to any team he coaches and he is an extremely valuable member of our team!


Coaching Staff - Concord NH Capitols

Sarah Vaughn
U19 Navy
This is Sarah's first year coaching for the club in Concord.  She played field hockey, indoor track, and softball for Concord High School.  She led the field hockey team to championship titles in 2001 & 2004, as well as a softball championship in 2005.  She also played for Seacoast United in Hampton during high school.  Sarah was a four year starter for the University of New Hampshire, where she studied Early Childhood Education.  She was a captain in 2008, named All-Conference first team, All-Championship team, and America East Offensive Player of the Year.  Throughout college, she coached college field hockey camps.  She was the Assistant Coach at Saint Louis University for the 2009 season. Sarah is now raising her young family in Concord, where she and many of her family members are involved in the community coaching youth athletics.  She is excited that the players in the greater Concord area now have a local opportunity to advance their skill and play competitively!

Caitlyn Smith
U19 White

Caitlyn was a member of the first Seacoast United Field Hockey team in 1993 and continued to play through 2003.  As a member of the club, she attended the National Indoor Tournament each winter as well as the Festival Tournament from 2002-2003.  She competed at the varsity level at Portsmouth High School for all four years and was named captain her senior year.  Caitlyn played two years at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and in 2009 played one season at the University of New Hampshire.  After completing college, she coached two seasons at Greenland Central School and is currently coaching her eighth season for Seacoast United.

Jennifer Cummings
U14 Navy

Jen competed at the varsity level at chelmsford High School for all four years and was named captain her senior year.  Jen was a Merrimack Valley All-Conference player in 2002.  As a member of the Cape Ann Club, she attended the National Festival Tournament while also selected to play for the Bay State Metro Northwest Team in 2002.  Jen attended Syracuse University from 2003-2008.  During her time she played and coached the club program and developed a college club league among other Upstate New York schools  Jen also became a Level I (Local) Umpire per Boston FH Umpire Assoc in 2009 and re-certified in New Hampshire in 2014.  Jen now works for Graphic Packaging as a structural packaging designer in Concord, NH.  She coaached the Merrimack Valley youth program from 2013-15.  Jen joined seacoast United as a skills instructor in the fall of 2015 in developing the Concord location.

Jenna Freitas
U14 White

Jenna is a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design.  She played all four years on the varsity field hockey program as a forward, and was able to play for a national championship her freshman year.  At Lowell, Jenna also had the opportunity to experience the school's transition from a Division II program to Division I, in the America East conference.  When Jenna is not working as a graphic designer, she enjoys coaching and has been a part of the Southern New Hampshire University coaching staff for one year.  This is her first time coaching for Seacoast United and is very excited to be part of the program.

Anyone interested in coaching for Seacoast United, please contact: Sarah Richards at or by phone at 603-758-7127.