Seacoast United is proud and honored to announce Sarah Richards as the new Director of Operations for the Club's Field Hockey Program. Sarah will formally take over the role on May 1st, but has already started laying the groundwork for some exciting programs the club will offer in the spring.
Sarah is a graduate of Rider University in New Jersey where she majored in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Healthcare Administration. While attending Rider, she played defense on the successful Field Hockey team and was a starter all four 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 high 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.
Most recently, Sarah has worked as a clinical instructor at the Birchtree Center in Newington, NH, a private school that provides direct 1:1 instruction to children with autism. She has also just completed her AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, and wants to work on all players being in great shape for Field Hockey and sport in general.
Sarah has a long history with the Seacoast United Field Hockey program, where she has been a head coach since returning to NH from Rider University. 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 also a former player, I am ready and eager to step into the role of Director," commented Sarah.
"I am honored and excited to be provided such an exciting opportunity," she continued. "As a former member of the club I know what a positive experience the program has 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."
"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," added Vice President Ian Burgess. "Her fresh ideas and infectious personality will definitely draw more players to the sport and also provide more and 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 family."
Sarah will be joining Shayna Duffy who has been full-time with the field hockey club since August 2013.
About Seacoast United Field Hockey Club: Founded in 1999, the Seacoast United Field Hockey Club provides opportunities for players of all ages and abilities. Programs such as skills classes, league play, and club training are offered in Hampton, Portsmouth, and Epping NH. For more information, please visit www.seacoastunited.com or call 603-926-8444.