Meet the 2017 Coaches
Jessica grew up in Delaware and moved to West Grove in 2008, where she resides with her husband Ryan and three children, Logan, Bella, and Gavin. Jessica works full-time as a Nurse Anesthetist.
Jessica is excited for her first year as an assistant field hockey coach for 1/2 girls, and looking forward to watching her 7 year old daughter Bella learn the sport. She has coached high school cross country and also helped coach 8u girls softball. In addition to playing softball, Jessica enjoyed running cross country and track in high school and has completed four marathons and many half marathons over the years.
Megan played field hockey for Pottsgrove High School in Pottstown PA. I have great memories playing hockey especially the friendships I made. I hope my daughter and her teammates also have fun memories from the Wildcat program! This is my first year coaching any sports but am excited to be involved in hockey again.
Fun fact: In addition to my daughter I have twin boys. They are the 3rd set of twins in my husband's immediate family!
Jackie grew up in South Jersey and began playing field hockey in 6th grade. She played through high school and then club at The University of Delaware where she studied Biology and Exercise Physiology. She was awarded First Team, All state New Jersey while in high school. She now lives in West Grove with her husband, dog, and three daughters: Sienna, Brooke, and Ellie. She had a blast assisting with coaching Sienna's 1/2 team last year, and is happy to return as coach for 1/2 this year as Brooke will be entering into her first year in the program.
Kristen grew up in West Chester and began playing field hockey in 4th grade. She continued playing through high school at West Chester East, and into college at The University of Delaware. During high school she received many honors in the Chest-Mont League as well as District honors. She played at The University of Delaware, but decided to stop due to time constraints as she was working in the classroom for her degree in Elementary Education. She taught for 19 years in The Upper Darby School District, before transferring to The West Chester Area School District. This is her third year at Mary C. Howse Elementary School and she currently teaches 3rd grade. Kristen and her husband Kasey moved to Avon Grove 13 years ago. She has two children, Cole and Keira. Cole plays lacrosse for the Avon Grove Wildcats. Keira is in her third year of field hockey, and also plays lacrosse for the Wildcats. This is Kristen's second year coaching 3/4 Field Hockey. She also coached 1/2 lacrosse for two seasons. She is looking forward to a fabulous season!
Hello, my name is Cheri O'Donnell and I'm excited to coach the 3/4 Maroon team this year! I've been playing field hockey since the age of 12 and I have many amazing memories including winning three NCAA D-II National Championships at Bloomsburg University. I love coaching your daughters and watching them improve each game and develop a love for field hockey!
This is Ryan's first year coaching field hockey. He grew up in Cecil County, Maryland and moved to Avon Grove 9 years ago. He has 4 children and has coached many different sports over the years. He coached softball for 7 years, football for 5, baseball for 4 and floor hockey for 2 years. He has a very excited 7 year old daughter playing field hockey for the first time in the 1/2 Division. FUN FACT: Ryan is a scientist by trade and an amateur photographer in his free time.
Julie grew up in the Oxford area. She began playing field hockey in middle school and continued through high school where she was selected as Southern Chester County All-Star and All-League First Team. Julie later coached the Oxford High School JV field hockey team. She has many years of teaching experience in local school districts, is a Certified Personal Trainer (specializing in Youth Fitness) and is an avid runner, having competed in many races including marathons and half-marathons. Julie has five children, one who is a freshman at Immaculata University and four who are currently in the Avon Grove school district pursuing different sports and activites. Julie is very excited that two of her four girls decided to give field hockey a try! She is looking forward to working with the Wildcats field hockey organization this year.
FUN FACT: Julie is a 1989 PA State Champion in the 3200m relay. Her team was Oxford High School’s first female state champs in the 3200 relay running with a record time!
Heather has lived in Avon Grove since 2004, where she has been active in Wildcats sports and KMC gymnastics for the last four years with her two daughters. Heather was an assistant coach for Wildcats 3/4 lacrosse this past spring and will now join as an assistant for field hockey. She played volleyball for Unionville High School and played on a competitive triples team throughout college at the University of Pittsburgh and afterwards. Heather brings team building experience and will help instill the values and skills of the Wildcats to foster a learning and fun environment.
I have played field hockey since I was in the 5th grade, all through high school and on the varsity team for 3 years, and on an intramural team in college.
One of my good friends who was also a team mate of mine in HS went on to manage the US Field Hockey Team and run a summer field hockey camp for youth for many years. This helped keep me an avid fan of the game for many years. I also played lacrosse in HS.
In my adult years, I played league Ultimate Frisbee in Philadelphia for many years before I had my two children, and for 5 of those years, I was the co-captain of the team (there are no coaches in Ultimate, just team captains who also act as coaches in a loose interpretation). I share this to make the point that I have many years experience in team management! I also work full time at the University of Delaware, where I have spent my career developing student organizations, so again, lots of experience in developing strong organizations, groups and teams, and in working with "young" minds.
One thing I am committed to is helping young people to develop in positive ways. I strive to create an atmosphere where the girls on the team can first learn to be good team members, to work together effectively to achieve a collective goal, and to also further develop their own talents and skills. Being on the team should bring forth fun and meaningful connection for each member, and also provide opportunities for challenge, growth and accomplishment in a positive setting. Keeping it fun and positive will hopefully translate to a love of sport in general, and hopefully field hockey in specific! My wish is thateach girl will have a meaningful experience by being a part of something bigger than herself regardless of her individual athletic skill level.
Mike and his family have lived in the area since 2012. He played baseball most of his life and has previously coached youth baseball, girls soccer and is currently a coach for Wildcats girls lacrosse. This will be his first year coaching girls field hockey. He has become very familiar with girls field hockey having watched both of his daughters play over the years. His oldest daughter has played with the wildcats and indoor field hockey teams for 4 years and his youngest daughter is entering her third year with the Wildcats. He is looking forward to a great season assisting the 3/4 program, and is excited to see the girls have fun and grow their love of field hockey
I grew up in Elkton, MD where I started playing both indoor and outdoor field hockey in middle school. I continued to play hockey throughout high school and helped to take the team to the state semi-finals and finals for three years. I was All-County "Honorable Mention" my junior year and All-County my senior year. I have lived in Chester County for 14 years now with my husband and three daughters. My middle daughter Cassidy will be starting her second year of field hockey, and I will be in my second season coaching Wildcats outdoor. I also helped coach the 3/4's indoor team this past winter where our girls won the championship!
Nicole grew up in West Chester and has lived in the Avon Grove Community for 13 years. She started playing field hockey in 4th grade in West Chester and played through middle school and then in high school at West Chester East where her team won Ches-Monts and went to State’s nearly every year. She and many of her high school teammates continued to play field hockey in college. Nicole was a two sport Division 1 athlete at the University of Pennsylvania where she played both Field Hockey and Lacrosse for four years. The Quakers Field Hockey team was a top 4 contender for the NCAA Tournament her freshman year and a top 20 NCAA team for much of her remaining 3 years at Penn.
In 2014, Nicole started the AG Wildcats Field Hockey program after coaching field hockey for URA (Unionville Rec Association) for 3 years and realizing the demand for field hockey in the Avon Grove community. This will be her 6th year coaching youth field hockey. She has coached girls in 1st through 6th grade and loves coaching youth girls and sharing her love and enthusiasm for the game! Field Hockey was always her favorite sport – even before lacrosse! Nicole and her husband, Art, who is also the Wildcats Field Hockey Treasurer, have 4 kids, 3 of whom are girls ages 15, 12 & 10 who play field hockey for Avon Grove and Wildcats.
Nicole’s coaching philosophy is focused on encouraging the girls to always try their best to learn and improve their skills, to learn to play with their teammates and to try to get better every time they play. Nicole believes that although winning is important, it is not as important as having the desire to win and the desire to improve. Sports are fun and confidence building and full of life lessons!
I am so excited to share my love of field hockey and team sports with young athletes. I believe that being a part of team is imperative because it teaches core values and builds self-esteem. My goal for the season is to instill my love of field hockey and being a part of a team in my players. I want the season to be fun, so that these girls continue to play.
I played Varsity Field hockey at Unionville High School for three years and played club level post-collegiate for one year. I coached 9th grade lacrosse at Unionville High School for two years until I resigned to pursue a graduate degree that I am still chasing. Additionally, I assisted Nicole Morley during the 2014 Wildcats lacrosse season and am the beneficiary of her leadership and coaching expertise. I coached a 3/4 field hockey team last year and LOVED that experience, so I am counting the days until this season begins.
My name is Vicki Pizzini. I played field hockey for East Stroudsburg HS. During my senior year I was chosen for Keystone State games. I played middle and HS basketball and coached my son's AGRA basketball team for a season. I also played Rugby at Kutztown University. I am a substitute teacher for the Avon Grove Nazarene Academy . I have a BS in Art education. I love being outdoors, the beach, the mountains, really anywhere. FUN FACT: My favorite ice creams are cookies and cream and peanut twirls. I look a forward to a new adventure of coaching 5th - 6th grade field hockey.
Paige grew up in nearby Elkton and currently lives in Landenberg with her husband and 2 children. She played field hockey, basketball and ran track at Elkton HS and continued her field hockey career at Division 1 West Chester University where she received a teaching degree in Health and Physical Education. She has taught Physical Education at both the elementary and Middle School level and coached various high school, middle school and youth sports in Delaware over the past 20 years. Paige’s husband is the Head Baseball Coach at Archmere Academy and with the Akadema Warriors travel baseball program. Her son Kody is active in sports as is her daughter Keleigh. Keleigh was a charter member of the Wildcats field hockey program and this will this will be her third year playing field hockey.
Kim grew up in Rising Sun, MD and now lives in West Grove with her husband and 3 children. She played field hockey, basketball, and softball in high school and continued with field hockey on a club team at TowsonUniversity where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Administration and Supervision in Education. Post college, Kim continued playing field hockey in local adult leagues in Delaware. She is currently teaching at Oxford Area High School and has taught math at both the middle and high school level helping with various sports for the last 19 years. This is Kim's fourth season coaching Wildcats field hockey. Her sons are active in sports as is her daughter Madison. Madison was a charter member of the Wildcats field hockey program and is looking forward to her fifth year of playing.
Aleks is excited to help coach the 5/6 girls team for her third year with Wildcats Field Hockey. Her daughter Ella has been playing for 3 seasons. Aleks played field hockey throughout middle school, high school and on various adult leagues through college and coached a high school varsity team in Maryland. She helped to coach last fall for Wildcats Field Hockey 5/6 girls, the previous year with 3/4 girls and looks forward to working with the 5/6 girls again this year and sharing her love of the game of field hockey. She lives in New London with her daughter Ella, her son Colton, husband Dan and their puppy love Tallulah Jane.
Sue grew up in Delaware County and now lives in West Grove. She played Field Hockey, Basketball and Lacrosse in Middle School and High School. She played defense in Field Hockey, and was her favorite sport. This will be her 3rd year coaching the Wildcats!! Sue’s goals for this season are that the girls improve their individual skills and to grow as a team, but most importantly to have FUN. She will be asking her team to always try their best no matter what the score is!
Jennifer was an assistant coach last year for a 5/6 team and we're excited she decided to join the coaching staff again this year. She played field hockey in high school in New York and was on the team that ultimately went on the be NY State Champions! Jennifer has played multiple sports before she went on the competing in triathlons and marathons as an adult. Jennifer has 2 daughters, a 7th grader and a 10th grader. FUN FACT: She and her family love to travel, anywhere and everywhere!
Sue played varsity field hockey all through high school at Shippensburg Area Senior High. She was a defense player. She has since coached the JV field hockey team at AGHS for 7 years. She is an assistant coach for the team this year because her daughter, Sydney, is on the team and she really enjoys the sport and loves to see young girls getting to learn and play it. FUN FACT: Sue was cut from the field hockey team in junior high, but was so determined to play the game that she practiced with the team and and on own her own. Her hard work paid off because she made the varsity team at the high school the following year!
This is Jodi's second year coaching field hockey with the Wildcats. Last year she was 5/6 team head coach. Jodi played field hockey in middle school and at Henderson High School. She also played intramural field hockey at the University of Delaware until she discovered rugby. She played rugby for four years while at UD, was named to the All-American team, and went on to coach upon graduation. Jodi has been an assistant coach for Wildcats Girls Lacrosse teams for the past two seasons in the spring has coached Girls on the Run for the past 3 seasons. She is looking forward with great excitement to be coaching a 7/8 field hockey team this fall. FUN FACT: Jodi's favorite ice cream in mint chocolate chip.