About Us

About Us

Mission Statement/Philosophy

The HTC Field Hockey Club mission is to increase the overall skill level of play for all levels of athletes. We provide top level coaching year-round to players of all ages and abilities. Our Club program is directed by a former United States National Team Member and Division I College Coach, a two-time All-American at The University of Iowa, Debra Brickey. Our assistant coaches are all former and current DI, DII, or DIII college or National Team standouts. We will keep a small coach to player ratio in order to personalize EACH player’s development path.

Our top-level staff is made up of coaches who are all passionate about this sport. Our goal is to lead players to reach their field hockey potential, as well as, develop a well-rounded young person with a great sense of self and community.

What does HTC Stand for?

When I decided to start this club team I was searching for a Club name. I thought about my playing days, my coaching experiences, why I wanted to start a club team, what was important to me, what I would want the team to stand for, and this is what shaped the name HTC.

I have been very lucky and blessed in my life, loving family and friends who have supported me through thick and thin! I have also been very lucky and blessed as an athlete. I have played this great sport at all levels and the game has given me opportunities beyond my wildest dreams. From the beginning I have loved the competition and admiration I have received as a member of a field hockey team. The feeling of accomplishment, of pride, of teamwork, of seeing all your hard work paying off, is a feeling that is one of a kind. I cannot explain for example what it was like to, after years of training, practicing, try-outs, being one of the last player cut from an Olympic Team try-out, to finally hear my name announced as a member of the USA National Team. To know that all the people around me who had supported me in this effort were standing and cheering for me, what a feeling! Another incredible moment was when I finally wore that USA uniform, and stepped into a stadium that had 30,000 screaming fans, to walk with my teammates behind the American flag, and stand there and look out and see people I did not even know, CHEER for me! It was and will forever be a moment and feeling I will never forget!

The next stage in my life was switching roles and becoming the coach or mentor. This was quite a different feeling for me and one that took a little bit of time to get used to. I had to move from receiving the cheers to providing that for my players. I will admit to you that is was and is a more satisfying feeling. To watch a player finally get a skill or take their game to the next level, to see that light bulb go on in their head, to see that smile on their face, to see their teammates cheer for them, to see the team come together after struggle after struggle, and get that their teammates are the key, put individual success aside, and put others first, is magical! I became the cheerer and gained such understanding of team, support, and what it means to belong to a group of individuals that morphs into a TEAM. Now to my surprise not only was I the cheerer for my players, but now I was being cheered for different reasons , for helping and guiding others, it was and is an awesome feeling!

So this is what I want to create for you. I want you to experience this feeling, no matter what level you participate in, Middle School, High School, College, or beyond, I want to help you accomplish these incredible moments. I want to cheer for you, I want your parents and friends to cheer for you, I want you to feel that pride through hard work and dedication, to finally walk out with your teammates on any field or stadium and feel the satisfaction of accomplishment! Along with these goals, I want to instill in all of you the joy and satisfaction of seeing others succeed around you, helping others who may not be as fortunate as you, encouraging younger players who are not as skilled as you, showing your teammates positive support at all times, understanding that you not only feel great when people cheer for you but maybe even a greater feeling when you cheer for others! That is our Club’s goal, mission, purpose, to experience the exhilaration of others cheering for you and your accomplishments, as well as, you cheering on others, your teammates, your friends, your parents. We will strive to accomplish both of these very unique and important concepts here at HTC Field Hockey Club.

So with this said, HTC stands for:

HEAR THE CHEERS!

Owner

coach_40Deb Brickey – HTC Owner
Deb is the owner of HTC Field Hockey Club, and the Director of 4Goals LLC. HTC was Deb’s dream to provide opportunities for players of all levels to compete and reach their field hockey goals. Starting with only 20 athletes, Deb has grown HTC Field Hockey to multiple training sites that provide learning opportunites to student-athletes traveling from 5 states to be a part of the HTC family.

In addition to HTC, Deb is the Director of 4Goals LLC. 4Goals is owned by Marcia Pankratz, the University of Michigan Field Hockey Coach. Deb and Marcia promote the game of field hockey through camps, clinics, and tournaments. 4Goals premier events include; Camps/Clinics for Elementary, Middle School, and High School Athletes, Collegiate Camps that prepare the college athlete for their season, and The 4Goals Cup Tournament that offers $15,000 in prize money!

Deb has over 20 years of field hockey coaching experience as a Head Coach at Northwestern University and Virginia Commonwealth University and as an Assistant Coach at the University of Connecticut and the University of North Carolina.

As a graduate of the University of Iowa, Deb earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Exercise Science. While a student athlete at Iowa, she was selected a two-time All-American and a three- time All-Big Ten Player. Deb is proud to have represented the United States as a member of the US U-21 Team, US Reserve Team, and the US National Team. Her time in the US program enabled her to compete at the highest level and travel all over the world. It is from this experience that HTC’s philosophy was born, through work hard, resiliency, continual support and encourgage from your teammates and family and love of the game, you can create your “Hear The Cheers”moment.

Prior to returning to coaching, Deb was a Senior Manager with FedEx Office in the Connecticut Region.

Resume Highlights
Head Field Hockey Coach

Northwestern University – 1995-1998
Virginia Commonwealth University – 1994

Assistant Field Hockey Coach

University of Connecticut – 1991-1993
University of North Carolina – 1987-1990, 1989 NCAA National Champions
Bentley College – 1986

Representing the USA
1994 Olympic Festival Head Coach – South Team, St. Louis Missouri
1992 – 1998 Futures Head Coach/Director
1986-1990 US Olympic Festival Team
1989 – 1990 USA National Team
1983-1988 USA National Reserve Team
As a Student-Athlete at Iowa University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – 1982-1985
BS Exercise Science and Physical Education

Two Time All-American – 1984, 1985
Three Time All-Big Ten – 1983, 1984, 1985
All Decade First Team – 1980-1990
Captain – 1984, 1985
Career Assist Leader

Professionally

Founder/Owner
HTC Field Hockey Club – 2009-Present

Vice President/Director
4Goals L.L.C. – 2006-Present

Senior Manager
FedEx Office – 1998-2008

Co-Owner/President

coach_6Darren Smallhorn – Co-Owner/President

Darren has been a Head Coach with HTC Field Hockey since its inception in 2010. He has coached HTC teams at numerous local, regional, and national club tournaments and showcases, including Regional Club Championships, National Club Championships, Disney Showcases, and the National Festival. At these tournaments he has helped teams achieve numerous victories while promoting a positive learning environment.

In 2012, he was promoted to Assistant Director of HTC. He has been in charge of organizing and managing coaching staff at all the pratice sites and continues to oversee and help implement the curriculum at all sites. Darren also manages and runs HTC Private Lessons and Individual Training sessions. These lessons are designed to give players who are college-bound or currently in college a more focused and specific skill-set to be successful on the collegiate stage.

In 2013, Darren became a Co-Owner and President of HTC Field Hockey Club. He has been crucial in the marketing and growth of the club and has been key in assisting with the college recruitment process. Darren continues to be a positive, up-beat and creative coach. He constantly challenges the other coaching staff and athletes to ask more of themselves, and helps to grow the level of play in all the athletes.

Darren is a certified USFHA Level II Coach and Level II Umpire. He coached in USFHA Futures program for 4 years. He is the Assistant Director and Head Coach of 4Goals LLC where he has helped promote, organize, and coach 4Goals camps, clinics, and tournaments around the nation since 2009. He is also a technical and tactical consultant to many collegiate and high school programs around New England.

Previous to HTC, Darren was one of the Assistant Coaches at the University of Connecticut from 2007-2010 working under Head Coach Nancy Stevens. He was also the Head Coach of the UConn Club Field Hockey Team for seven seasons and won two national titles.

Darren was a member of the Men’s Junior National Team, as well as the Men’s Senior National Team Training Squad. He was selected as a participant in the High Performance Training Centers and Men’s National Championships. His international experience also includes playing for Australian Doncaster’s Club 2nd team for three seasons. While in Australia, he was awarded the young player of the league award. He also trained in Argentina at the U21 Tucuman Club.

Darren graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double major of Coaching-Administration and Nursing. He also worked as a Technician at DaVita dialysis in Vernon.

Feel free to contact him if you have any questions about HTC programs.

dsmallhorn@htcfieldhockey.com

HTC Coaches

Jessica Bergen

HTC Coach & Social Media Director
jbergen@htcfieldhockey.com

Jess has been the head field hockey coach at Westfield State University for five seasons. Bergen has coached 20 NFHCA Academic All-Americans and 5 Little East Conference All-Stars. A Level II USA Field Hockey accredited coach, Bergen has been actively involved in the Futures field hockey program as well.Prior to coaching at Westfield, Bergen spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Springfield College where she earned a master of science in exercise science before accepting the varsity field hockey coach position at Southwick-Tolland Regional High School. Bergen spent her undergraduate playing career at Skidmore College where she earned varsity letters for her participation on four nationally ranked teams. During her tenure at Skidmore the program played in four Liberty League Championships and earned two NCAA tournament appearances to the second-round.

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Jessica Bergen

Jessica Bergen

HTC Coach & Social Media Director

Marita Brothers

HTC Assistant Coach

Marita is currently a defender/midfielder and captain for Keene State University where she has played every game, scored 9 goals, recorded 17 assists, and logged an impressive 16 defensive saves. Marita returns for her 4th year coaching for HTC after having played for the club for four years.

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Marita Brothers

Marita Brothers

HTC Assistant Coach

Ann Farrier

HTC Coach

Hailing from Belfast, Maine, Ann is currently the assistant field hockey coach at Southern Connecticut State University where she also attended and played. As a student-athlete, Ann was a four-year starter and a three-year captain from 2007-10. She was an All-American and also captured All-ECAC and All-Conference honors and was selected to play in the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game in her final season. Ann currently holds the Owl's single-season assist record and ranks second in career assists and fifth in total points. Ann also excelled academically as a multiple NFHCA All-Academic Team pick and a selected member of the Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey All-Academic Team. Ann earned a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Sport Management at SCSU.
Ann also coaches with the USA Futures Program and is a director for Revolution Field Hockey camps and
clinics. She has a Level I coaching certificate through USFHA.

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Ann Farrier

Ann Farrier

HTC Coach

Anika Goodhue

HTC Coach
agoodhue@htcfieldhockey.com

Anika is currently the head coach at Elms College, and in her first year she led the Blazers to the top of the conference rankings. Prior to Elms, she as the  assistant field hockey coach at Connecticut College for two years. Anika graduated from Smith College with a Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Exercise and Sport Sciences. She was a highly versatile player for the Pioneers, capable of leading offensive, defensive, and midfield lines at any given point. She recorded 5 goals, 18 assists, and 1 defensive save in her career at Smith while captaining the team her senior year. In addition, Anika has played internationally in four countries outside the United States, including a six month stay in Australia where she was an influential player for the University of Melbourne Hockey Club. Following Smith, Anika coached at Mount Anthony Union High School for four years, helping lead them to four Vermont State semifinal appearances. She also assisted at Westfield State for two years during their spring season. Before moving to Connecticut, Anika founded Evolution Field Hockey Club. While primarily focusing on youth development, she also created opportunities for adults to play after graduation and developed a young-coaches program to mentor high school athletes who were interested in coaching.

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Anika Goodhue

Anika Goodhue

HTC Coach

Julia King

HTC Coach

Julia recently completed her sixth season as Head Field Hockey Coach and PERA Assistant Professor of the Practice at Wellesley. In just six seasons at the helm of the Blue, she already boasts an NCAA Elite Eight appearance and a NEWMAC Championship.With Wellesley, King has compiled compiled a 86-34 overall record, qualifying for the NEWMAC tournament each year. In 2013, she led the Blue to a school-record 18 wins, as Wellesley won the NEWMAC Championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament for just the second time in school history. King was named NFHCA Regional Coach of the Year and NEWMAC Coach of the Year for her work with the 2013 Blue.King went to Wellesley after two years as an assistant field hockey coach for Trinity College, helping to guide the Bantams to a 25-10 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals in 2009. She also served as an assistant coach for the nationally-ranked Trinity lacrosse team.A highly successful two-sport athlete at Bowdoin College, King played on two NCAA National Champion field hockey squads. She was a first-team All-America selection in both 2007 and 2008 and holds the Bowdoin record for career and single season assists. As a member of the ice hockey team, she was named to the All-NESCAC Sportsmanship Team and won the Founder's Award, given to the player who "exemplifies the qualities of enthusiasm, dedication, and perseverance." A Neuroscience major, King served as captain of both teams in her senior year.

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Julia King

Julia King

HTC Coach

Katie Kloeckener

HTC Coach

Kloeckener joined the Trinity field hockey program after spending eight years at Sacred Heart University in various capacities. She joined the Pioneer coaching staff in the summer of 2008 as an assistant coach before being named interim head coach for the fall of 2010. After returning to her assistant position, she eventually took over the team full-time in 2012. While at Sacred Heart, she coached 14 All-Northeast Conference (NEC) players as well as five teams that won National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Academic Awards.

Prior to Sacred Heart, Kloeckener played field hockey at Ball State University, where she graduated from, summa cum laude, in 2008 with a bachelor's of science degree in Exercise Science. While there, she was named to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) All-Academic Team as well as the NFHCA Academic Team for each of her four years.

Kloeckener also served as a head coach at a US Futures site for the US Field Hockey Futures Olympic Development Program for four years and has coached at numerous field hockey camps throughout the country. She is a USAFH member with a Level II Coaching Certification and is a Women's Coaches Alliance Academy 2015 graduate.

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Katie Kloeckener

Katie Kloeckener

HTC Coach

Annie Lahey

HTC Coach

Annie Lahey finished her sixth full season as the Assumption College field hockey head coach. In 2015 with an impressive 14-6, she lead her team to 2nd place in the conference. Lahey was promoted to a full-time position in the spring of 2013. Lahey posts a 28-42 overall record as head coach of the field hockey team.-During her tenure as head coach, Lahey has enjoyed both individual success, being named Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year after the 2012 season, as well as the success of her players on the field. She has guided two players to All-Rookie Team selections (Paige Anderson 2011, Kiley Colucci) and seven players to Northeast-10 All-Conference recognition. Lahey has also guided her players to success not only on the field but to accolades off the field. These honors include the 2014 Francis J. Grimaldi Award (Sadie Oliver), the 2013 Albert S. Banx Memorial Award (Kathy Moffett), and Scholar of Distinction recognition (Abigal Heroth (2013, 2014). Lahey also helped Moffett to lead the nation in defensive saves in 2012.In 2013, Lahey coached the Hounds to a 7-11 mark overall as the team remained in playoff contention entering the final week of the season. The team posted a 4-4 record at home and won three of its final four games, including a shutout win on Senior Day.In 2012, Lahey guided the Hounds to a seven-win turnaround as the team finished 8-10 overall and 5-5 in the Northeast-10. After a 5-5 mark at home, the Hounds finished in a three-way tie for fifth place in the league. At the end of the season, Lahey was honored as the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year, as voted by her peers. The turnaround was the second-biggest turnaround in NCAA Division II in 2012. During that season the team also held the record for most fan attendance in the nation for Division II Field Hockey.

Lahey came to Assumption from Wachusett Regional High School, where she served as the program's varsity head coach from 2005-2011. In addition, she was the school's softball varsity head coach from 2004-2010, winning the 2010 Central Mass. Sportsmanship Award.

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Annie Lahey

Annie Lahey

HTC Coach

Kelsi Lykens

HTC Coach

Kelsi is an assistant coach at Sacred Heart University for the last two years. Lykens' responsibilities include organizing the Pioneers defense, assisting in player development, as well as playing a role in recruiting and the day-to-day operations. She was named as the interim head coach in 2016, while the SHU searched for a new head coach.

Lykens comes to SHU after a highly decorated playing career at Division II West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She was a four-year starter for the Golden Rams, where she won the 2013 Division II Field Hockey Athlete of the Year. In addition, Lykens was named to the Division II All-American team First Team in 2012 and 2013. After finishing her collegiate playing career, she joined the coaching staff for the Golden Rams, leading the team to a conference championship in 2014.

A Schuylkill High School graduate from Mohrsville, PA, Lykens excelled not only on the field, but off as well, being named to the Division I and II All-Academic Squad during her time in college.

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Kelsi Lykens

Kelsi Lykens

HTC Coach

Shannon Malloy

HTC Coach

Shannon Malloy is a 2011 graduate of Bowdoin, rejoined the Polar Bears as assistant coach of field hockey in the summer of 2013, and continues to coach HTC as time allows for it. Malloy returns to Bowdoin after serving as an assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach at Trinity (Conn.) College the last two years while earning her master's degree in Public Policy. At Trinity, she helped coach the Bantam field hockey team to consecutive 11-win seasons. In lacrosse, she assisted in Trinity's back-to-back "Final Four" squads, including the 2012 NCAA Championship team.A decorated athlete as a Polar Bear, Malloy graduated from Bowdoin with a degree in art history in 2011. She was a member of all three of Bowdoin's NCAA Championship teams ('07, '08, '10) and was a co-captain of the 2010 team, earning All-NESCAC and All-New England honors as a defender. She was also an Academic All-NESCAC and NFHCA Academic All-American during her time in Brunswick.Malloy is a native of West Lebanon, N.H. and graduated from Lebanon High School.

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Shannon Malloy

Shannon Malloy

HTC Coach

Alicia Morgan

HTC Coach

Allie is an HTC alumna who has returned to coach for the club. She played for HTC for four years and now plays defense and is a captain for Southern Connecticut State University. She was head coach for U14 Indoor squad and coached the players at their first National Indoor Tournament appearance.

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Alicia Morgan

Alicia Morgan

HTC Coach

Anne Parmenter

HTC Coach

Anne completed her 16th season as the head field hockey coach at Trinity College, after guiding the Bantams to an outstanding 13-4 record in 2014-15 and collecting both New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Regional Coach of the Year honors. Parmenter is 146-103 in 16 seasons at Trinity and 244-185-7 in 29 years of coaching field hockey at Connecticut College and with the Bantams. Parmenter, who ranks 19th in wins among active Division III coaches, and 32nd in wins among all-time Division III coaches, has taken Trinity to 10 NESCAC Tournaments and two NCAA Tourneys since 2000. In 2009, Parmenter guided the Bantams to a 13-1 regular season, and an appearance in the NESCAC Finals which Trinity hosted on Robin L. Sheppard Field as the top seed in the conference tournament. Trinity won NCAA contests in both 2008 and 2009, advancing to its fourth NCAA Quarterfinal Round. Parmenter also served as an assistant women's lacrosse coach for 13 seasons and is a physical education instructor in the Trinity athletic department.Prior to her arrival at Trinity, Parmenter was the head field hockey coach at Connecticut College for 14 seasons, compiling six ECAC Division III New England Championship appearances. She was also the head women's lacrosse coach at Conn. College from 1991-2001 with a career record of 107-47, nine ECAC Division III New England Championship appearances, ECAC titles in 1994 and 2000, and an NCAA Division III Championship Tournament appearance in 1996. In addition, Parmenter was assistant athletic director at Conn. College. Parmenter has also been an assistant field hockey, lacrosse, and squash coach at Amherst College and an assistant field hockey coach at the University of Massachusetts and Holy Cross.A native of England, Parmenter graduated from Chelsea College in 1981 with a degree in education. She earned her master's degree from Massachusetts in 1987. She took a year off from assisting the Bantam lacrosse team in 2006 to fulfill a lifelong dream of climbing Mount Everest.

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Anne Parmenter

Anne Parmenter

HTC Coach

Maureen Perkins

HTC Coach
Maureen has been the varsity field hockey coach at Glastonbury High School since 1999.Maureen’s Glastonbury teams have been Class L state champions in 2010 and 2014. While at Glastonbury, Maureen has been honored as the “Class L” Field Hockey Coach of the Year three times. In 2007 she was named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Field Hockey Coach of the Year and in 2014 she was named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year by Max Field Hockey. Maureen is a history teacher and department head at Glastonbury High School. Prior to coaching in Glastonbury, Maureen served as the Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Connecticut College under Anne Parmenter.
Maureen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Connecticut, where she played field hockey. She was a two time All Big East Academic selection and was a member of the 1992 Big East Tournament Championship team.
   
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Maureen Perkins

Maureen Perkins

HTC Coach

Tia Pydynkowski

HTC Coach

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Tia Pydynkowski was named the head coach of the Bridgewater State University field hockey program in February of 2014. Coach Pydynkowski arrived at Bridgewater State after four years on the coaching staff at Salve Regina University where she served as an assistant coach for three seasons and the interim head coach in the fall of 2013. During her tenure at Salve, the Seahawks improved from a four-win season in 2010 to eight-win campaigns in both 2012 and 2013.

Pydynkowski is a 2010 graduate of Bryant University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Business Administration and Marketing. She competed for four seasons on the Bulldogs’ field hockey team from 2006 to 2009 including the transition year of 2008 when the school moved from Division II up to Division I. Tia appeared in 66 games for the Bulldogs and recorded four goals and a pair of assists.

Tia spent time as a field hockey official for the Seacoast United Field Hockey Club from 2003 to 2007, as well as a coach and counselor at the Warriors to Be Summer Camp from 2004 to 2007. She was also an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut Elite Field Hockey Camp in 2008 and 2009.

A resident of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Tia is presently the Director of Customer Service and Marketing for Glynn Electric, Inc. out of Plymouth.

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Tia Pydynkowski

Tia Pydynkowski

HTC Coach

Kayla Renaud

HTC Assistant Coach

Kayla played for HTC for four years and returns now to help coach current club athletes. Kayla is a forward and captain for Keene State University where she has played every game and recorded 35 goals, including 9 game winners, and 23 assists over her career.

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Kayla Renaud

Kayla Renaud

HTC Assistant Coach

Melanie Wojick

HTC Coach & Marketing Coordinator
mwojick@htcfieldhockey.com

Melanie Wojick joins the Connecticut College field hockey staff for her first season under third-year head coach, Christina Needham.

A native of Wall Township, N.J., Wojick was a four-year starter for Eastern Connecticut while appearing in 64 collegiate field hockey matches. Wojick started 59 of the 64 matches, and served as team captain. Wojick played on that attacking forward line and registered a total of 18 goals throughout her time from 2007 to 2010. During her collegiate career, Wojick played internationally for the USA Athletes International field hockey program (July 2010).

Melanie holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University and currently working towards her Master’s Degree from Wesleyan University. She currently resides in Waterford, Conn. with her husband, Chris and two dogs Zoey and Luna.

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Melanie Wojick

Melanie Wojick

HTC Coach & Marketing Coordinator

Summer Washburn

HTC Coach

 

Summer enters her 2nd season as a graduate assistant coach for Trinity's field hockey and women's lacrosse teams in 2016-17. Washburn joined the Bantams after a stellar two-sport playing career at Salisbury University in Maryland. As an undergraduate, she was a two-year captain for the field hockey team and captured an NCAA National Championship in 2012 as a member of the women's lacrosse team.

Washburn was a standout on the field for the Sea Gulls, earning First Team National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) NFHCA All-American honors and collecting the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Field Hockey Player of the Year as a senior. She was a three-time All-CAC honoree and also received CAC All-Academic Team recognition.

Washburn already owns a wealth of coaching and leadership experience as well, having worked several clinics and served as both a teaching assistant and a Relay for Life Team Leader. She also coached and supervised 70 eighth graders in an after-school sports program. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Washburn graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Salisbury in May of 2015. At Trinity, she is pursuing her master's degree.

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Summer Washburn

Summer Washburn

HTC Coach
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