Coaching Staff

Jennifer Richardson

Jen Richardson is a 2nd 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

Kayla Raneri serves as Seacoast United Essex’s Goalkeeper Coach for all SUEFH’s club teams.  Kayla has been also called upon to assist at SUEFH’s skills classes.  This is Kayla’s 3rd year as a club goalkeeper coach and will be extending her field hockey coaching responsibilities as a coach for the U16 Select team.  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 four-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.  Currently, as a junior at Merrimack College, Kayla is an education major and has been training as a goalkeeper for Merrimack which saw National Tournament play this past season. 

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

Courtney Grasso

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. 

Sydney Bowker

Seacoast United Essex is elated that Sydney Bowker came through our doors with fellow Merrimack College player, Kayla Raineri.  This Schenectady, NY resident has been a stand-out athlete throughout her high school and college career.  A four year varsity field hockey player, Sydney showed that she was a true leader both on and off the field.  She was a three year scholar athlete, captained her team two years while being team leading scorer.  Her accolades include two-time recipient of the Coach’s Award, Surburban Council honorable mention All-Star and First Team Section II All-Star.  She also participated in club play with the renowned ADK of New York.

Sydney is a senior at Merrimack College with her concentration as business.  Throughout her career as field hockey player, she has proven to be a threat in the Northeast 10 Conference with a .500 shots on goal percentage.  As a senior captain, Sydney provided leadership both on and off the field.  She was twice named to the NFHCA All-Academic Team and this fall Player of the Week after Merrimack’s victory over Stonehill in the Conference Championships.

This is Sydney’s 2nd year as U19 Premier Coach for Seacoast United Essex.  She is a true leader who will be able to relate to our players her experience as a member of a club team and of a competitive college program.

Samantha Cheney

Samantha Cheney is one of our U19 Premier coaches for Seacoast United Essex.  She graduated from Amesbury High School where she played field hockey, basketball, and softball.  Her teammates elected her co-captain ffor both field hockey and softball.  During the off-season, Sam participated in travel basketball and softball and attended field hockey camps.  Sam went off to play field hockey all four years at Springfield College.  Her team won the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference in both her freshman and sophomore years.  In her junior year, her team made it to the semi-finals of the NEWMAC tournament and senior year, to the quarterfinals.  Sam's freshman year, the team enjoyed the success of having made it to the Elite-8 round.  In addition to graduating from Springfield College, Sam completed the Occupational therapy Assistant Program at North Shore Community College.  

Sam's experience in coaching field hockey is extensive in that it reaches many levels of players.  She worked with Leah at Danvers Indoor Sports, both as an assistant and head coach, teaching skills sessions for elementary, middle and high school players. She was an assistant coach for the U16 Futures program and also volunteered as an assistant coach for Amesbury High School varsity field hockey program.

Seacoast United Essex Field Hockey Club is pleased to have Sam on the staff as she continually conveys her love for the game and her enthusiasm to share that with younger players.

Courtney Brown

U12 coach Courtney Brown is a sophomore defender for Endicott College.  Courtney 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.  

Her coaching experience includes working with the Triton Youth Field Hockey program as well as the Special Olympics.  Courtney aspires to be a mathematics teacher and is not afraid to work hard.  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.

Emily Hirtle  

Endicott College junior Emily Hirtle joins 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 now plays for the Gulls at Endicott as a midfielder.  As a sophomore, Emily earned honors on the 2015 CCC Academic All-Conference and the 2015 ZAG Field Hockey and NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad.  In October of 2016, Hirtle was named CCC Defensive Player of the Week.

At Endicott, Emily is studying to be an elementary school teacher and has already at Pine Grove Elementary School in Rowley.  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. 

Erin Leising  

Erin Leising is an assistant coach for Seacoast United Essex’s skill classes Amesbury, and has been relied upon to assist at our program out of Pingree. Although she is now a resident of North Andover, Erin graduated from Williamsvillle South High School, New York, in 2012, where she captained both her Junior Varsity and Varsity field hockey teams.  Graduating from high school with honors, Erin received an academic scholarship to attend Niagara University.  

Erin has become an integral part of SUEFH’s skills program.  She has an interest in children and in field hockey which makes a wonderful combination for a good coach.

Jamie Ingalls

Jamie Ingalls is slated to coach one of Seacoast United Essex's U16 Select teams.  A graduate of Lynnfield High School, Jamie played varsity all four years.  Her senior year, she was selected as captain and was named to the Cape Ann All Star team.  Jamie continued her field hockey career at New England College where she was a driving force on defense and as a goalie for the Pilgrims.  During her time at NEC, the team won three CCC Championships and also participated in NCAA's.  Her freshman year, Jamie was TCCC Rookie of the Week.  Her career was strong, especially her senior year when she was captain of the team, named TCCC Defensive Player of the Week and then to TCCC All Conference 1st Team. 

For the past six years, Jamie has been coaching the middle school players at Lynnfield.  She has also coached for the Masconomet Youth Field Hockey programs.  Her experience in both collegiate play and as a youth coach will help in guiding the young players of her club team.

Taylor Teixeira  

Taylor Teixeira is an Exeter, NH native.  She attended Endicott College where she was a four-year member of the field hockey program.  Teixeira graduated as one of the program's most decorated players, holding records in most career wins, most games started, and most minutes played as a goalie.  She was a three-time All Conference selection, two-time All Regional honoree, and garnered CCC Defensive Player of the Year accolades her junior and senior season.  Teixeira captained the Gulls for the 2011 and 2012 seasons helping to lead the program to their first ever Championship titles and NCAA Tournament appearances.  Upon graduation, Teixeira joined the Gulls coaching staff in 2014 while completing graduate school.  

Taylor will join Kayla Raneri and Cheka Ventura in training the goalies of Seacoast United Essex Field Hockey Club.

Lyndsay Thomson

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 effot 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.

Elizabeth Murtagh

Lizzie Murtagh is a native of New Fairfield, Connecticut, where she excelled in field hockey and lacrosse.  During her time at New Fairfield High School, Lizzie was a two-time All-Colonial Division standout in field hockey.  As captain her senior year, Lizzie earned the Coach's Award, was named All-Patriot All-Star as well as the distinction of being named Player of the Year.  In addition to high school play, Murtagh played club with HTC Field Hockey Club and the USA Field Hockey Futures program.

Presently, Murtagh is a sophomore forward at Endicott College.  She has also excelled as a Business Management major as she received accolades as a Rising Star and an Outstanding Business Student.  

Lizzie will be coaching one of SUEFH's U14 Premier Teams.

Emily Paladino

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 is studying to be a special needs teacher at the elementary level.  She has taken advantage of Endicott's internship program at several elementary schools and is presently student teaching at Hannah Elementary School.

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.

Meghan Stanton

U14 Select coach Meghan Stanton is a nursing major at Endicott College and aspires to be a pediatric nurse some day.  As a sophomore midfielder for the Gulls, Meg has had regular playing time and assisted her team in making the CCC tournament play these past two years.  When playing as a Newburyport High School Clipper, Meg was named Cape Ann League All Star two years in a row and was Defensive MVP for her team.

Meg is very familiar with club field hockey as she is a Seacoast United alum and also spent time with the New England Hockeymates.  SUEFH U14 Select team will truly benefit from Meg's knowledge of the game and her interest in helping our young players.

Cheka Ventura

Endicott goalkeeper Cheka Ventura will be joining Kayla and Taylor as one of SUEFH’s goalkeeper coaches.   A graduate of Proctor Academy in Lawrence, MA, Cheka has excelled in field hockey, basketball and softball as she was named All-Star in field hockey and softball and Most Valuable Player.  She also received the Coaches’ Award in both basketball and softball.  As a Gull at Endicott, Cheka continued to be recognized for her efforts in goal as a two-time All-CCC recipient.  Her freshmen year, she was CCC Rookie of the Year and was named to the NFHCA All New England East Second Team.  She has seen play in two CCC Championship games against University of New England.  As a senior and one of four captains this year, Ventura had a fantastic season with a record of 11-8 in goal, 107 saves and four shutouts.  Her career tally for saves is 267 which surpassed her current assistant coach at Endicott in the fourth place position on the program’s all-time list. 

At Endicott, Cheka is a majoring in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Actuary and Statistics.  Her energy and knowledge of field hockey is an excellent equation for coaching SUEFH’s Goalkeepers.