LEAH BOODY SIMPSON - Seacoast United Essex Field Hockey Club Director

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. 

 MADI THOMPSON- Seacoast United Essex Field Hockey Club Assistant Director



It is with great pleasure to welcome Madison Thompson into the Seacoast United family as the new Assistant Director of Operations for the Seacoast United Field Hockey Club (Essex), MA location.  Madi is a native of Waterloo, Canada where she grew up as a multisport athlete, participating in travel ice hockey, soccer and field hockey.  Although she was passionate about each of these sports, Madi chose to pursue a collegiate career in field hockey at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.  Throughout her time at Kent State, Madi was extremely successful in the classroom as well as on the field hockey field.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science in Sports Administration and achieved many accolades while she was a four year starter and a three year captain for the Golden Flashes.  Madi was a four time All Conference Player for the Mid-American Conference and a two year All Regional selection.  She finished her college career by being named the MAC Tournament MVP as well as being selected for the NFHCA D1 Senior Game.


Currently, Madi is a full-time athlete for the Canadian National Indoor Team.  She was a member of the 2014 Pan American Cup championship team, as well as the leading scorer for Canada at the 2015 Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, Germany.  Madi is extremely excited to elevate the level of indoor training for the Seacoast United Field Hockey Club by sharing her vast knowledge of the sport to all athletes within the program. 


 After graduating from Kent State, Madi decided that she would like to continue playing field hockey overseas in Den Haag, Netherlands.  While in the Netherlands, Madi played for HBS-Crayenhout, Dames 1 and was also involved in coaching all age groups (5 years old to 17 years old).  She also was a head coach for the MD2 which was the top tier 10 year old athletes from the club.  After spending a year in the Netherlands, Madi returned to the US to attend Merrimack College, where she received her Masters in Exercise and Sport Science in the spring of 2019.



Jen Richardson is a 3rd year coach with Seacoast United Essex Field Hockey Club as a U16 Premier Coach and a general all-around “right hand” woman to Leah.  In addition to coaching for SUEFH, Jen serves as Director of the BAA, the Masconomet Youth Field Hockey Program.  The BAA provides opportunities for players from ages K-8th grade in field hockey development and has been integral in the growth of the sport within the area.  This spring, Jen and Leah brought the Seacoast United U16 team to the National Club Tournament.  Having left the position as director of the Masconomet Youth Program, Jen is presently coaching varsity field hockey at Pingree School.

A stand-out athlete at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, Jen lettered all four years in field hockey, basketball, and softball.  She was named captain for her teams and All-Conference in all three sports.  Additionally, for field hockey, Jen was named Cape Ann League Player of the Year and All-Scholastic by Boston Herald and Boston Globe.  In the fall of 2016, Jen was named to the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Hall of Fame. 

From 1994-1997, Jenn was a key player at Northeastern University, where she was inducted into Northeastern’s Hall of Fame in 2009.  She led NU to four consecutive championship titles.  Northeastern also made four NCAA tournament appearances and two final four appearances during her field hockey career.  While in college, Richardson also participated in A-Camp Olympic training for three years and Olympic training after graduation.

SUEFH is fortunate to have Jen Richardson as coach because she conveys to her players a love for the game and will also be instrumental in providing the players information about collegiate play and recruitment. 


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.  


Leah and Courtney Grasso have known each other for a long time.  In fact, Courtney was actually Leah’s coach when she played for Cape Ann Coalition.  Courtney has been around field hockey all her life as her mom was also a coach for both Lynnfield High School and Cape Ann Coalition.  Presently, the legacy continues as Courtney’s daughter, Sophia, is a member of Seacoast United Essex’s U12 Club Program.

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 camp at UNH. Currently, Courtney is MIAA field hockey official.

SUEFH is truly blessed to have Courtney on staff as a U16 Premier coach.  Not only is she a great coach, but so giving of her time and effort to make our program great. 


U12 coach Courtney Brown just completed her senior season as a defender for Endicott College.  Courtney was a two-time captain of the Gulls, and was a standout player for Triton Regional High School in both field hockey and lacrosse where she received the Coach’s Award and was team captain.  In field hockey, she was named as Cape Ann League All Star. Courtney played club field hockey with Seacoast United Hampton.  

This is Courtney's third year coaching with Seacoast United Essex.  Her prio coaching experience includes working with the Triton Youth Field Hockey program as well as the Special Olympics.  Once Courtney graduates in May 2018, she will become a high school math teacher.  We are happy that Courtney has joined the Seacoast United Essex field hockey coaching staff as she will be able to relate to her young players her love and excitement for the sport.


Endicott College senior Emily Hirtle stays on again with Courtney Brown as Seacoast United Essex’s U12 coach.  Emily graduated from Triton Regional as a four-time Scholar Athlete.  As a Triton Viking, Emily was named captain, two-time Most Valuable Player and Cape Ann League All Star during both her junior and senior years.  In addition to high school field hockey, Emily participated in club play at Seacoast United Hampton.  

Emily finished her career for the Gulls at Endicott as a midfielder.  While at Endicott, Emily received various athletic and academic awards.  As a sophomore, she earned honors on the 2015 CCC Academic All-Conference and the 2015 ZAG Field Hockey and NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad.  During her junior season, Hirtle was named CCC Defensive Player of the Week during October of 2016.  Capping off her senior season for the Gulls, Emily received All-CCC 2nd Team honors, scoring 8 goals and 5 assists for a total of 21 overall points.

At Endicott, Emily is finishing studying to be an elementary school teacher and has already worked as a student teacher in various educational settings.  Emily’s love for field hockey and for children is a good combination in making our U12 program a great experience for our young field hockey players. 


U16 Premier Coach Lyndsay Thomson is no slouch with regard to athletics an academics.  A former three sport athlete at Triton Regional High School, Lyndsay received ten varsity letters as well as being named Newburyport Daily News Female Athlete of the Year in 2000.  During her tenure at Triton, Lyndsay was also named multiple times as Cape Ann League All League Player in field hockey, basketball, and track.  She qualified for states in triple jump, shot put and 800-meters.  Her 4x800 relay team captured the Cape Ann League championship which also qualified them for state championship action.  In addition to playing for Triton, Lyndsay also participated in the USA Futures program and competed for Cape Ann Coalition Club.  

Upon graduation, Lyndsay played midfielder at the University of Connecticut whose team saw action in the NCAA quarterfinals in 2003.  At UConn, Lyndsay was named Big East Academic All Star for three years, received both NFHCA Division Academic All American and New England Scholar Awards.  Hard work and effort has certainly paid off as Lyndsay was recently inducted into the Triton High School Athlete Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2016.

As a coach, Lyndsay's experience extends to 2005 when she coached for the Cape Ann Coalition.  She has coached at numerous summer camps such as the CT Elite Camp, College Connection, Blue Dog/Nike Camp and Northeast Field Hockey Camp.  Presently, Lyndsay has returned to her alma mater as Triton's assistant varsity/JV coach.

Lyndsay's extensivve background and knowledge of field hockey will prove to be beneficial for our Seacoast United Essex players.


Emily Paladino was one of Leah Boody-Simpson's club players when Leah first began her club at DIS. Emily's love and enthusiasm for the game of field hockey is evident, as she has earned a leadership position at both North Reading High School, and her junior and senior years at Endicott College. Emily received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a license in Elementary Education and Special Education and her Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy with a Reading Specialist License. She is currently working as a Reading Specialist at the Hooks Elementary School in Chelsea, MA. Seacoast United Essex is happy to have Emily on the coaching staff as a U14 Select coach. Emily will be a great asset to the program as she enjoys coaching field hockey and being with our young players.

Vanessa is a Salisbury, MA native.  She attended Amesbury High School where she played Field Hockey, Winter Track, and Spring Track.  Her teammates elected her co-captain for both sports.  After graduating from Amesbury, Vanessa went on to play field hockey for all four years at Franklin Pierce University, and was named co-captain her senior year.  During the off-season she participated in the Best Buddies program.

Casey Pohlmeyer played field hockey for UNH during the 2010-2013 seasons.  She is currently working at Windham High School in Windham, NH where she is a math teacher and field hockey coach. Casey grew up in Annapolis, Maryland where she played outdoor and indoor for the Spark Field Hockey Club.  She was recruited by UNH at the National Indoor Tournament in 2009.

Collegiate Accolades include:  America East All-Conference First Team (2012 & 2013); America East All-Championship Team (2012 & 2013); NFHCA All-Region First Team (2013); NFHCA All-Region Second Team (2012); America East All-Conference Second Team (2011); America East All-Rookie Team (2010); America East Rookie of the Week (8/30/10); NFHCA All-Academic Squad (2013); Started every game during the 2010-2013 seasons

Other Accolades:  USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship participant in 2012 & 2013; USA Indoor Team 2011 & 2012; Coached Windham High School to 2 back to back state championships in 2016 & 2017


Leigh Shea of Ipswich enters her first year as a coach in the Seacoast United Field Hockey Club. Shea is no stranger to coaching, she started her coaching career as an Assistant at Umass-Lowell helping to capture the 2005 Division II National Championship. Shea then went on to coach Dedham High School Varsity field hockey and Cape Ann Coalition in 2009 and 2010. In 2010 Leigh and her husband moved to Virginia for work opportunities.  While in VA, she assisted at Roanoke college. She returned to MA eager to get involved with field hockey in New England again. 

Shea, a graduate of Bishop Fenwick High School, played Varsity Field Hockey (co-captain 2000,Herald All scholastic 2000), varsity basketball, and varsity softball (co-captain 2000). She went on to play at Northeastern University 2000-2003. She was co-captain her senior year and American East Defensive Player of The Year 2003. She made the American All Rookie team 2000, first team Northeastern Region All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association 2003, and NFHCA Senior All-Star 2003.

DEREK GOFF - Personal Trainer & Strength/Conditioning Coach

Derek started coaching in 2011, teaching group fitness classes and personal training.
His expertise is in functional training, performance training, weight lifting and kettlebell
training. He also teaches how to improve overall movement using prehab and rehab
techniques for those who are recovering from an injury, and to help prevent injuries. He
has worked with every age group over the course of his career, helping those individuals
achieve their goals. Derek coaches Strength and Conditioning for numerous sports at
the middle school and high school level. These sports include: Field Hockey, Ice Hockey,
Gymnastics and Swimming. He has also worked with Football teams and coached
individual athletes in the sports of Tennis, Softball, Basketball and Baseball to improve
their overall Strength, Speed and Performance. Currently, outside of working with
Seacoast United, Derek works at the Beverly YMCA where he does Personal Training
for all age groups. He also works for the Pingree School in Hamilton MA as a Strength & Conditioning coach.

USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
SUEFH Club Strength & Conditioning Coach 2017-present
Pingree School Strength & Conditioning Coach
Beverly Wildcats Gymnastics Team Strength Coach (2015-present)
Lynn Classical High School Football Strength & Conditioning Coach (2015)
Salem State University Sport and Movement Science (2008-2012)
Madlab Group Mentor Coach Certified; Crossfit Level 1 Certified; Crossfit Kettlebell Certified; Crossfit Kids Certified; Over 7 years experience training youth/high school/college level athletes; CPR/First Aid Certified


In High School, Marisa was a 4-year Varisty athlete across 3 sports at Oakmont Regional High School:  Field hockey, Basketball, and Softball.  As a 4-year starter and Center Midfielder, she lead the field hockey team to one State Final (2009), 2 district championships, and 3 league titles.  She was a 2-time Co-Captain, 3x team MVP and 2x League MVP, 4x League All-Star Best of 60, and Central Mass Player of the Year (2009).

After High School, Marisa played forward at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and won 2 A-10 Championships, participated in 2 NCAA Sweet-16s with the Minutewomen (2010, 2012), and received a Coaches Award for her hard work and commitment to the program (2012). Also selected to play in USA Field Hockey’s Women’s National Championship in 2012. Marisa graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Isenburg School of Business in Hopspitality and Tourism Management. After graduating UMass, she played her redshirt year as a Graduate student at Northeastern University playing alongside of her twin sister, who was the Senior Captain of the Huskies. Marisa helped the team to a 14-4 regular season record, received nomination for CAA all tournament team (2014). In 2016, she graduated from NU with a Master’s in Corporate and organization Communication and now works as a Sales Consultant at Education First Headquarters in Cambridge, MA. 


Katie Peter is a current senior at Endicott College and this is her first season coaching with Seacoast. She was a 3-year player for the Gulls, and spent the fall 2019 season as The Pingree School Assistant Varsity Field Hockey coach.

Originally from Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ, she began playing field hockey her freshman year at Red Bank Regional High School and was a 3-year varsity letter winner as well as senior captain. She played club for Surf and Sand FHC. At Endicott she is majoring in Finance and minoring in Computer Science and is also the president of Endicott’s Women in LEADership club, after graduation she will be working at John Hancock in Boston as an IT Business Analyst.

This season Katie will be working with the U-14 Premier team. 


Emma attended Triton Regional High School where she competed on the JV field hockey team in 8th grade and was a four year varsity member and a captain in her senior season. She was a three time Cape Anne League All Star, lead the league with 31 goals her senior year, and was chosen to compete in the Big 60 Senior All Star game. Emma was a three sport athlete competing also in track and softball where she was also named captain her senior year in both sports, respectively.  

An alumni of Seacoast United, she attended Franklin Pierce University and was a member of the Division II field hockey team. She received lots of academic awards, and graduated with a Biology degree and Chemistry minor with Honors and an executive board member for Phi Sigma Zeta.


Kate will be coaching with Seacoast for first time during our 2019/2020 season. As a Newburyport native and former Clipper, Kate helped lead her team to two Cape Ann League Championships and she was named a two-time CAL All-Star, while ranking in the CAL Top 10 for goals and assists. 

Kate went on to play at Merrimack College where she made two Final Four appearances and was named to the NFHCA All-Academic Team all four years. In her time with the Warriors, she also achieved the recognition as the Division II NCAA National Runner-Up in 2015. To cap off her career, she was named to the NFHCA 2016 Division II North All-Star Team. During her time as a player, as well as after graduation, Kate coach at Danvers Indoor Sports. Kate is currently working at HubSpot Inc., and is excited to be returning to Seacoast United after growing up as a player with the Hampton, NH team.

Elizabeth Egan- U19 Winter Academy

Elizabeth graduated from Merrimack College in 2017, earning her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. While at Merrimack, she was a four year started on the field hockey team earning Rookie of the Year (2013) and Defensive Player of the Year (2014) titles. She competed in two NCAA Final Fours (2013, 2015) and a National Championship (2016) as well as holds two MCFH records: Most Defensive Saves in a Single Season and Most Defensive Saves in a Career, making her the 4th in the NE-10 and 11th in the nation for defensive saves. Elizabeth was named to the Northeast- 10 All Rookie Team in 2012 and was on the NFHCA All-Academic Team all four years. In her Final year at Merrimack she was named a Division II Senior All Star.
Following her collegiate career, Elizabeth has spent the last four years coaching for Cape Cod Field Hockey Elite teams and has directed the Phantoms Field Hockey Club for the last three years. Outside of field hockey Elizabeth continued her education at Merrimack and earned her Masters of Science in Community Health Education. She now works as a K-8th grade physical education teacher in Lowell, MA. She is excited to be joining SUFH U19 Winter Academy.