Sarah Michaud- Director of Seacoast United Field Hockey Club
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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 gradutating 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.”
Melissa Grant - Assistant Director of Field Hockey, Director of Goalkeeping and Recruiting Coordinator
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Melissa is entering her fifth year with the SUFH Club as the Goalkeeping Director. A 2010 graduate of Winnacunnet High School (Hampton, NH), Melissa 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. As a senior, Melissa had a 1.03 GAA with 9 shutouts. She had a career .870 save percentage and was named First Team All-State as well as a New Hampshire Twin States Games selection. In pursuit of her collegiate career, Melissa was named to the New England Premiere All-Star team. As a freshman for Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY) Melissa appeared in 18 games in goal and posted a 2.53 goals against average, a .773 save percentage and a 7-10-0 record with one shutout. She was named Freedom Conference Goalie of the Week and Manhattanville Athlete of the Week twice. From this, Melissa was nationally ranked 37th in the country (Division III) for saves per game. Currently Melissa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology - Sport Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She has coached for Division II Southern New Hampshire University, and assists many high schools in their preseason training in New Hampshire. In the offseason, Melissa is the Director of Field Hockey for the Granite State Games recruiting showcase in June, a Recruiting Coordinator for Next College Student Athlete, and coaches middle school field hockey for Hampton Academy. Coach Mel is looking forward to another successful season with a group of talented goalkeepers.
Jessi Paul- Field Hockey Registrar
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Jessi is in her third year of coaching at Seacoast United. She is a 2007 graduate of New England College where Jessi is in her fifth year of coaching at Seacoast United. 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 and Fosters Dream 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 is also a stay at home mom to 4 kids with her oldest daughter being part of Seacoast United Field Hockey club with the U12 team.
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Eli played field hockey for the club from 1998-2004. Eli graduated from College of the Holy Cross in 2008 where she was a 3-year starter for the Crusaders. She was named to the Patriot League Second Team in 2006 and was captain of her team in 2007. Throughout her four years in college, Eli spent her summers coaching at field hockey camps in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Upon graduation, Eli worked as the assistant coach for the Merrimack College field hockey team. Eli was a 3 year letter recipient for field hockey and lacrosse at Exeter High School where she graduated in 2004. She has worked with all age groups throughout her time coaching at Seacoast United, and will be working closely with the U10 girls this winter. Eli is the assistant varsity coach at Exeter High School, where she has coached for the last three years. In addition to coaching, Eli worked as a classroom assistant at Newmarket Elementary School, before teaching math at Learning Skills Academy in Rye from 2011-2015. She received her masters in Elementary Education (1-6) from Lesley University in 2010.
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Dover middle school field hockey coach- 1998-2000
Dover high school asst coach- 2001
Oyster River high school head coach- 2002-2016
Seacoast united field hockey- U16 and U19 1999-2008 with teams attending National Indoor Tournaments and USFHA Festival
US Field hockey futures- 2003-2006
National Field Hockey Coaches assoc
Northeast Regional All American Selection Committee- 2003-2007
Dover high school track and field: Men and women- Asst coach 1998-2002; Head coach 2002-2007
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Mike is a 1989 graduate of the University of New Hampshire. During his time at UNH he competed in the decathlon and held the America East record for the event for 23 years. After graduating he threw all of his competitive energy into learning to coach field hockey on a high level. During the subsequent 26 years coaching he compiled a 212 win to only 43 losses record. Mike coached in the USA Field Hockey Futures program for five years, earning his Level 2 Coaching certificate from the US National team coaching staff in 2011. He has been a Futures National Championship coach three times and coached his U19 team to a Bronze medal in 2012. This is Mike's 10th year on the Seacoast United coaching staff. His duties have included coaching U12 through U19. Most recently he was the the coach of last years U14 Gold team and many of his players were selected for our Regional Club Championship Team that made it to Nationals in July 2016. At Nationals, this U14 team came in 10th place in the country. Mike has coached Seacoast teams that have attended National Festival on four occasions as well as Disney Showcase. Mike brings a a lot of passion and energy to any team he coaches and he is an extremely valuable member of our team!
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Nikki is entering her first year with SUFH as a coach. A 2019 graduate of Winnacunnet high school (Hampton, N.H.), Nikki was a 3 year varsity starter. New Hampshire Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year as a senior captain. All-New England First Team and All-State First Team (2017, 2018). Led Winnacunnet to a pair of state titles (2016, 2018), Recorded a state-leading 14 shutouts in 18 games as a junior. NFHCA Futures participant (2015-19); played at the nationals and indoor nationals from 2016-19. Seacoast United Elite Club captain (2017-2019),Granite State Games MVP award as well as Twin State team and captain. Nikki now plays Dl field hockey for the University of New Hampshire, Wildcats. Where she redshirted her freshman year.
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Annie is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell (2017), where she majored in Criminal Justice. Collegiately, Annie is a former Division I player and team captain for the highly competitive UMass Lowell program under veteran head coach Shannon Hlebichuk, where Annie was named to the America East All-Championship team in 2016. She was also a two-time UMass Lowell Dean's List and America East Academic Honor Roll member.
Following her collegiate career, Villare served as an assistant coach at Division II Southern New Hampshire University in the Northeast-10 Conference, where she was involved in all aspects of the program, especially establishing herself as an outstanding recruiter. Annie is now in her second season as head coach at Regis College (MA,) where she led the team to their first appearance in the GNAC playoffs since joining the conference in 2017, earning the fifth seed and advancing to the semifinals.
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Patty is excited to be in her first year of coaching with Seacoast United. She played field hockey at Reading High School in Massachusetts earning many accolades for her achievement including All-Scholastic, Best of 60, HS Hall of Fame. She continued playing field hockey in college at Towson University and coaching summer youth development camps in Reading, MA. Patty is a 2013 graduate of University of New Hampshire with a PH.D. in Natural Resources and Earth System Sciences and is currently a faculty member at UNH.
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Jenna was a member of the first Seacoast United Field Hockey team in 1999 and continued to play through 2003. She played at Portsmouth High School all four years becoming a co-captain her senior year as well as being awarded MVP that same season. Jenna then went on to play field hockey for four seasons and lacrosse for two at Franklin Pierce University. After college, she came back home where she coaches three season at Rye Junior High and two seasons as the Junior Varsity coach at Portsmouth High School. This will be Jenna's second season for Seacoast United.
1990-1995: UNH Assistant Coach
1986: Volunteer coach at UNH
2000-2017: York high school field hockey varsity coach
2018 and 2019: Dover high school field hockey varsity assistant
1981-1985: UNH field hockey team
1986 - 1996: US field hockey team (including 1986, 1990, 1994 - World Cup teams; 1987, 1991, 1995 - Pan American teams and 1988 and 1996 - Olympic teams)
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Anyone interested in coaching for Seacoast United, please contact: Sarah Michaud at email@example.com or by phone at 603-758-7127.