Leah Boody Simpson - Seacoast United Essex Field Hockey Club Director of Operations

Since the spring of 2012, Leah Boody has worked to create successful field hockey programs, first at Danvers Indoor Sports for two and a half years, and now, at Seacoast United.  Leah has made it her mission to provide players of all ages and abilities with an opportunity to grow within the sport of field hockey.  She has proven that field hockey is her business and her life by putting forth her utmost effort in the programs she has created.

Leah hails from Amesbury, Massachusetts where she had a successful career in sports, especially in field hockey and softball.  In addition to high school field hockey, Leah trained in the USA Field Hockey Futures program.  She also continued to develop her skills and game knowledge while participating in Cape Ann Coalition’s club program, during which time she attended Festival and a number of National Indoor Tournaments.  Her tough and aggressive play was noticed by University of New Hampshire field hockey who recruited Leah to play Division 1 field hockey for all four years.  Boody-Simpson was awarded player of the week for the America East Conference in her 2009 season.  Her senior year, she was also named second in all offensive categories in her conference.  

As a coach and a leader, Leah has accrued extensive experience on many levels and with players of all ages.  During college, Boody spent two years as coach with Seacoast United Hampton, working with both U16s and U19s.  She also took an active role in teaching skills classes and was a referee for the adult league.  Since the winter of 2011, Leah has acted as head coach for the USA Field Hockey Futures program.  Throughout the summer, Leah can be seen on the field hockey field as summer camp coach at UNH, Nike Blue Dog, Northeast Field Hockey Camp and other area camps.  At Danvers Indoor Sports, Leah created an elite level club program with peripheral field hockey programming such as field hockey skills classes for field players and goalkeepers and winter league opportunities available to elementary, middle school and high school players.  This past spring, Boody-Simpson along with coach Jen Richardson, was able to bring her Seacoast United U16 team to the National Club Tournament.  

Boody-Simpson will begin her 8th year as assistant coach for Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, during which time the Gulls have participated in post season play and have tallied two Commonwealth Coast Conference titles. In the past two years, Endicott players, Emily Sawchuck (1st team) and Ashleigh Allen (2nd team), were named to All-American teams.

Christine Zubkus 
Christine is a recent graduate from Merrimack College where she majored in Human Development with a minor Elementary Education. While attending Merrimack she played midfield for a successful field hockey program. During her time at Merrimack she participated in coaching different youth clinics. Prior to attending Merrimack College she attended Dover High School (NH) where she lettered in field hockey all 4 years as well as lacrosse and 3 years of indoor track. Christine’s athletic resume includes the following accolades: Zubkus ended her Merrimack career leading her team to the NCAA Division 2 National Championship, She also appeared in 3 NCAA Final Four experiences. Starting and playing in every game for 4 years, she tallied a total of 11 goals and 23 assists. Earning NFHCA First-Team All-American in 2015, she was also awarded Northeast 10 First and Second team All Conference in 2014 and 2015. In 2012 she was named to the Northeast - 10 All Rookie Team. Christine was also selected to play in the NFHCA Senior game in 2015. Growing up she started playing field hockey for Seacoast United in 2007 as well as a member of the Futures program. She then continued playing club field hockey for Cape Ann Coalition from 2009 to 2012. Christine is now helping assistant coach for Dover High School varsity field hockey.  In addition to her duties as Assistant Director, Christine is coaching two Seacoast United field hockey teams:  U19 Select and U14 Premier.
Kayla Raneri - Assistant Director of Operations & Goalkeeper Coach

Kayla Raneri serves as Seacoast United Essex’s Assistant Director of Operations and 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 5th 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. She graduated from Merrimack College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and played goalkeeper for the Warriors, which qualified for National Tournament play during her sophomore season.

SUEFH is excited to have Kayla as part of its administrative and coaching staff as she is vibrant and energetic and will provide comprehensive training and incite to both goalkeepers and field players alike.