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 graduating 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.”
Assistant Director of Field Hockey
Jessi is in her seventh year of coaching at Seacoast. She is a level 2 USA certified. 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 playing all three years on Varsity and during her junior and senior years she captained. During her senior year she made First team All-State, Fosters Dream Team and NH Twin State Team. Besides field hockey 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 also played 3 years of Boys Varsity Lacrosse and was named second team all-state during her Junior year. She has a strong passion for the game of field hockey and continues to play it at Seacoast herself. Outside of Seacoast coaching she is also the JV Field Hockey Coach at Dover High School in Dover, NH. She has 4 children in which one her oldest daughter is part of the U14 Elite Team.
Melissa, better known as Coach Mel, has been with the Seacoast Field Hockey club for ten seasons. A 2010 graduate of Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, NH – Mel 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. In her first leg of her collegiate career, Melissa attended Manhattanville College where she started in net for the Valliants. She appeared in 18 games and posted a .773 save percentage. She was named Freedom Conference Goalie of the week and Manhattanville Athlete of the Week, twice. From this, Melissa earned a national ranking at 37th (DIII) in saves per game. After Manhattanville, Melissa attended the University of New Hampshire where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology-Sport Studies. She coached for the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University in the NE-10, and recently completed three years as Varsity Coach for the Timberlane Owls. In 2020, Mel was named NH Division I Coach of the Year by the NHFHCA, and prior to coming to Seacoast on a full time basis, she served NCSA as their Field Hockey recruiting coordinator for three years.
Currently, Mel hold multiple titles within the Seacoast organization. Most recently she was named the Director of Events, where she organizes and executes all internal and external tournaments through Seacoast and as a host for USA Field Hockey. In addition to this, Mel is our in-house college recruiting coordinator, where she assists our club athletes in their recruiting processes. Mel also still holds the title of Goalkeeping Director, and serves all Seacoast Field Hockey goalkeepers in their development and training through the winter and summer months.
Coach Mel is looking forward to another successful season in her roles at Seacoast Field Hockey.
Erin has been coaching the U-12 Elite girls since 2018. Currently, a Level 1 coach, pursing Level II this summer and also will be coaching for Nexus.
Erin enjoys teaching the middle school age group, emphasizing the approach of discipline, fundamentals, game IQ, stick skills and team unity.
Erin attended SCSU-Southern Connecticut State University (Div. II) playing collegiate field hockey as a starter and leading scorer all four years, named captain senior year, awarded honorable mention All American, Commitment to Excellence and also competed as a heptathlete collegiately in indoor and outdoor track and field. Sport specific training, running marathons and competing in adventure sports have always been a focus of enjoyment.
Erin is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with a Masters Degree in Cardiac Rehabilitation/Exercise Physiology and has successfully owned her own business since 1999. As a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Erin rehabilitates individuals who have suffered severe spinal cord injuries and neurological challenges/diseases. She also focuses on training athletes, assessing/correcting imbalances, bio mechanics, rehabilitating injuries and training for peak performances. Creating and implementing a progressive individualized strength and conditioning program based upon the individual needs and limitations have always been a true passion.
Erin has a daughter who has enjoyed playing on the Elite team for many years at Seacoast, surrounded by not just her coaches, but second moms.
U12 Elite Black
Cam Whelan graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2021 while having a three year collegiate field hockey career. She majored in Environmental Science with a concentration in wildlife conservation biology. During her field hockey career, she assisted the SNHU Penmen in making their second NE10 playoff appearance in program history and their first division 2 NCAA tournament debut in 2019.
Cam was a redshirt athlete her freshman year. She officially took the field her sophomore year. She had a total of 8 points, a .667 shooting percentage, and 1 career start with a total of 64 minutes on the season. In her senior year, she was named Co-captain to the Penmen, started 5 games, and had 4 points in her final year of competition.
Prior to college, she attended Winnacunnet High School where she was a two year varsity field hockey athlete. She helped guide the Winnacunnet Warriors to the state title game as a junior before garnering the Unsung Hero Award as a senior in 2017. While in high school, Cam arrived as a Seacoast Field Hockey athlete as a junior where she later attended the Nike Sports Camps field hockey England trip in the summer of 2017.
Lex is a 2020 graduate of Merrimack College where she played 4 years of field hockey and received her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. She also received her Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Science in 2022. During her playing at Merrimack College, she helped the team win an NE-10 Championship and competed at the NCAA D2 Tournament. Her final year at Merrimack she helped transition the team to D1 and received the Joseph P. Daly award in recognition of outstanding character and unheralded service to the Merrimack community. She grew up in Windham, NH where she went to Windham High School and played indoor and outdoor for NorthEast Elite field hockey club.
This is Lex’s second year with Seacoast and has previously coached at Southern New Hampshire Premier from 2018-2020. She coached Windham High School to a division 1 state championship in 2020. She also coached at Rivier University during the 2020-2021 season. She is currently back at her alma mater, Merrimack College for her second season as an Assistant Coach. She is a USAFH Level II Certified Coach.
Emma is a Level 1 USA certified Coach. She graduated from UMaine with a BS in Biology and currently works at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, ME. After picking up field hockey in middle school, Emma was a starter for two years at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, MA, and achieved multiple Hockomock League All-Star awards in 2005 and 2006. She continued to play field hockey for UMaine’s club field hockey team for all four years before graduating. Emma eventually moved to NH and started playing in the adult field hockey recreational league where she was offered a coaching position with U14 Select in 2018. This season will be her 4th year coaching with the program and couldn’t be more excited for her future at Seacoast!
U16 Select Green
Molly graduated from Saint Michael’s College (Colchester, VT) with a BA in Media Studies, Journalism, and Digital Arts. After being a three season varsity athlete at Traip Academy in Kittery, ME, she pursued field hockey collegiately at St. Mike’s earning NE10 and NFHCA academic honors all four years. While a Purple Knight, Molly garnered several defensive saves and one goal.
This past fall Molly was the assistant varsity and junior varsity coach at Marshwood High School in South Berwick, ME. She also coached summer camps while at St. Mike’s. Molly is in her first year as a coach at Seacoast, but was thrilled to return to the club that made her collegiate career possible. She is currently coaching U16 Green and has run two high school level skills classes for Seacoast.
Coach Jess has been a part of the field hockey community for nearly a decade. Beginning her career in 5th grade, she continued to play throughout High school as a four-year Varsity defenseman, and as a member of Cape Ann Coalition. As a 3-time, All-State selection in High School, she continued to play Division III Field Hockey at Worcester State University for two years before transferring closer to home to finish out her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic training and her MBA in Athletic Administration.
Now living in Massachusetts with her 4-year old son, Jess holds her Athletic Training licensure and is working towards her goal of becoming an Athletic Director. She is the JV coach at Timberlane Regional High School and continues to coach at the U16 level here at Seacoast. Field Hockey has always been one of her greatest passions and hopes to continue to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to the sport.
– Played at the University of New Hampshire – 2010-2014. 29 career goals. Two-time second team all-america east selection. Undergraduate degree is in Kinesiology: Sport Studies with a business administration minor
– Masters degree from Lock Haven University in Athletic Administration
– Collegiate coaching experience – Bucknell University, Holy Cross, Tufts University, Regis College, and currently the head coach at Merrimack College
– Club coach experience with Bison club, Seacoast, Lead the Way
U19 Elite Gold
Casey Chaput (formerly Casey Pohlmeyer) has been coaching for Seacoast Field Hockey since 2016. She started her career at Severna Park High School, Maryland where she was a four time state champion. While in high school, she played for Spark Field Hockey Club where she won the national indoor tournament as a U-16 and U-19, both times in the A-Pool. She continued her field hockey career at UNH as a four-year starter and two-year captain, winning conference in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. During those years she made the All-Academic Squad all four years, First Team All Conference in 2012 and 2013, and Second Team All Conference in 2011. She captained the UNH team alongside her role model and favorite coach in the world, Meg Bozek. She was also named to the USA Field Hockey National Indoor Team in 2012. Her senior year, she was nominated for Regional All-American and selected for the senior game. After college, she coached at Windham High School where she helped coach the team to 4 state championships in her 6 years there. Now, she is a high school math teacher at Winnacunnet High School, umpires high school field hockey and is currently coaching Seacoast U-19 Gold. Some fun facts about Coach Casey: she loves reading, playing field hockey with Coach Jessi, Lex, and Meg, spends her weekends watching Netflix, her spirit animal is a wolf, and she thoroughly enjoys long walks on the beach!!
Graduated from Saint Anselm in 2020 with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice
Played for Saint A’s from 2017-2019 (one year at Sacred Heart 2016)
3 NCAA tournament shows and appeared in one National Championship
Attended 2 NE10 Championships; winning 1.
First Team All American
2x All Conference
NE10 All Championship Team
NE10 Tournament Team
NFHCA D2 Senior Game
Julia is in her second year coaching at Seacoast Field Hockey and is also an Assistant Coach at Colby-Sawyer College. She played collegiate field hockey at Colby-Sawyer and was named captain during the 2021 season where her team made it to the GNAC Championship. At the end her career, Julia tied for third all-time in points with 62, fourth in goals with 22 and second all-time in assists with 18. She was named to First Team and the GNAC All-Tournament Team during her graduate year and Second Team during her junior year. In addition, she was named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad five times, GNAC All-Academic Team four times, and was named Scholar of Distinction four times. Her biggest career accolade was being named the 2021 GNAC Woman of the Year as well as being nominated for 2021 NCAA Woman of the year. Julia graduated in 2021 from Colby-Sawyer as the baccalaureate of the Business Administration class and graduated again in May of 2022 with her MBA, specializing in Project Management. She now works full-time as an Assistant Brand Manager for Stonyfield Yogurt!
Jenna Tanguay is in her fourth year of coaching at Seacoast. She played collegiate field hockey at Saint Michael’s College where she was a two-year captain for the Purple Knights, amassing 12 goals and four assists for 28 points over four seasons as a member of the defensive unit. She was named an NFHCA Division II All-America Second Team selection her senior year, following a nine-goal, two-assist, 20-point campaign. Jenna graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Michael’s in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, along with a minor in chemistry. Jenna is in her third year as an assistant coach for the SNHU field hockey program, and works full time as a high school science teacher in Merrimack, NH. She is a level 1 USA coach.
Grew up in the U.K. and started playing hockey at 7 years old.
Playing and coaching experience in England, South Africa, and the United States.
Post college, Coached in the Concord School District for 10 years, 4 of which were as the Varsity Field Hockey Coach.
As head of the Varsity Field Hockey Team, the team reached the Division 1 Quarters, Final, and Semi-Finals in the state in consecutive years.
6th year with Seacoast
Kat graduated Cum Laude from Western New England University (‘16) where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Biology, with a minor in Chemistry. She was a four year starting defenseman and served as captain at WNE. Additionally, she earned membership of the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association Academic Squad, Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Academic Squad, and All-CCC Second Team. Following her undergraduate studies, Kat attended The Pennsylvania State University (’18) where she received a Master’s Degree in Forensic Chemistry. Prior to attending college, Kat played at Bishop Stang High School (Dartmouth, MA), where in her senior year she was selected for the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team. Kat played one year with ‘Lead the Way’ club team. She coached at Rundlett Middle School (Concord, NH) for four seasons. This is Kat’s fifth season with Seacoast Field Hockey.
Callie graduated from Roger Williams University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in International Studies. A four year defenseman on the Hawks’ field hockey team, Callie served as captain her senior year. In 2015 she helped lead the team to its first ever playoff appearance. Additionally, she was named to the Commonwealth Coast Conference All-Academic Team all four years. In 2017, Callie had the opportunity to travel to London and play at the Olympic Stadium with her RWU teammates. Prior to attending college, Callie played field hockey at Hopkinton High School (Hopkinton, NH) where in her senior year, she earned First Team All-State recognition from the New Hampshire Field Hockey Coaches Association and led her team to be state runner up. Callie is currently the assistant coach at Hopkinton High School.
Cassidy has been with Seacoast Field hockey for 2 years. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Criminal Justice. A four year offender on the Penmen’s field hockey team, Cassidy was selected on the All Rookie Team her freshman year and All-American Second Team her senior year. Cassidy was the first All-American in program history for the Penmen field hockey team. In 2018 she helped lead the team to its first ever playoff appearance. Prior to attending college, Cassidy played field hockey at Merrimack Valley High School where in her senior year, she earned First Team All-State recognition and also selected to play for the New Hampshire team. Her team also were state runner ups her junior year.
Amy McKenney is in her second season coaching for Seacoast Field Hockey.
McKenney spent 7 years as an assistant coach for the Plymouth State University field hockey program from 2009-2015. Before that she coached the JV field hockey team at Plymouth Regional High School for 3 years. Most recently she created and is coaching a youth program in Plymouth, NH called Thundercats Field Hockey for girls in grades K-8.
A 2005 graduate of Merrimack College, Amy captained the Warriors, and led her team to their first NE-10 DII playoff berth in her final season. She was an NFHCA Division II North/South Senior All Star Team selection that same year.
McKenney grew up in Plymouth, N.H., and attended Plymouth Regional High School, where she lettered in Field hockey (Captain), Nordic Skiing, and Track and Field and was the recipient of the Women’s Athletic/Academic Award her senior year. She was selected to the 2001 NH/VT Twin State Field Hockey Game, and had the opportunity to play at the National Festival in 1999 and 2000 for the Northern Lights team.
Coach McKenney received her Masters in Education from Plymouth State University in 2009. She’s been teaching high school Mathematics for sixteen years and is currently teaching at the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS). Amy has two daughters, Serena and Sylvie and a husband, David.
Rachel is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (2018), where she majored in Psychology. Collegiately, Rachel is a former Division I player and team captain of the Crusaders. While at Holy Cross Lapar earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll (2016) and Patriot League Second Team All-Conference (2017). Rachel was also a Veteran Leader in the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.
Following her collegiate career, Lapar became a coach for the Lead The Way Field Hockey Program out of southern Massachusetts/Rhode Island and took part in a management trainee program until becoming the Head Field Hockey Coach at Elms College (MA) in fall of 2020 where she is still the head coach of today. During her first regular season at Elms, Lapar helped lead the team to their first appearance in the GNAC playoffs since joining the conference in Fall 2021, earning the fifth seed and advancing to the semifinals.
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 camps following her UNH campaign.
Along with being a full-time preschool teacher and mom of two, Courtney coaches for the MASCO Youth Field Hockey Program in the Fall.
Taryn grew up playing field hockey. Before coaching, Taryn was also a player at Seacoast for many years playing both outdoor and indoor for the club. While attending UMass Lowell, Taryn played one year for the division 1 field hockey team. She just graduated from UMass Lowell with her Bachelors in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Special Education. Taryn will be teaching at the COMPASS School this year as an elementary teacher. She will be in her fourth year of coaching at Seacoast, where she has coached all age groups at one point in time. She is level 1 USA certified coach.
Emma is a graduate of Franklin Pierce University (2020), where she majored in Biology with a Chemistry minor. Emma is a former Division II player where she was a key player for the Ravens. She was also a member of the Academic Squad all four years. Prior to her collegiate career she attended Triton Regional High School, where in her senior season led the Cape Anne League in goals/total points, was a member of the All-Conference Team and also was chosen for the Best of 60 Senior game. Following her collegiate career, she went on to coach for Seacoast Field Hockey, the same club she played for during her recruiting process. Emma is returning to Seacoast for her fourth season.
Megan is a 2021 graduate of Northeastern University, where she majored in Design with a concentration in graphics and information and minored in entrepreneurship and photography. Megan played four years of Division 1 field hockey for the Huskies, starting three of those four years. Her senior year she served as a captain, leading her team to the CAA finals, the first time since 2013. Academically, Megan was named to the Northeastern University Dean’s List for all five years, earning Honors in the Discipline. Megan was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Academic Squad all four years of her athletic career.
Prior to Northeastern, Megan was a four year varsity player for Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. During their time, AB won four Dual County League Large titles, four Division 1 North Championships, and three state championships. Megan earned First Team All-American, Boston Globe Player of the Year, Boston Herald All-Scholastic and was a Two-Time Dual County League All-Star.