Developing World Class Field Hockey in Maryland
SPark Field Hockey Club
Lee Swinscoe is an accessibility specialist with Universal Designers and Consultants. Coach Swinscoe has been a SPark trainer since 2003. He has also coached for Pegasus and Maryland’s High Performance Hockey Center. Coach Swinscoe began his hockey career in 1986 in South Africa where he played both boys field hockey in high school and played for the Ixopo Village adult team. Coach Swinscoe was selected for the Natal Midlands U/19 Team in 1995 and played for Natal Technikon in 1996 while studying. He then moved on to England where he played for Oxton Hockey club from 1996-1997 and for Bebington from 1997-1998. In the U.S., Coach Swinscoe played for Mavericks Field Hockey Club from 2000-2006; represented DC Metros during the four seasons of the North American Premiere League; played for the New York Islanders Field Hockey Club from 2003-2009; and today plays for the DC Dragons.
Coach Formica played field hockey at Severn High School, where she was a four year varsity field hockey player. In her senior season , she was named the teams Most Valuable Player and was selected to the All County team. After high school, she attended Georgetown University, where she played 4 years of Division 1 Field Hockey while earning her BSBA in Accounting. Robyn has been coaching for 6 years at the rec level and is currently the Field Hockey Commissioner for the Severna Park Green Hornets Association. In addition, she is a certified USA Field Hockey Level 1 coach. She continues to play field hockey in the Anne Arundel County Adult League! Robyn is married and is the mother of three daughters and a step-daughter, who are all actively involved in lacrosse and field hockey. She is currently an Executive Director for TEKsystems, an IT staffing company based in Hanover, Maryland.
Carissa is a graduate of the University of Maryland (2004) and the University of Baltimore School of Law (2008). A four-year starter on the field hockey team for the University of MarylandTerrapins, Carissa was a two-time All-American and earned the Kate Kauffman Award for Most Outstanding Field Hockey Player in 2002, as well as the Susan B. Tyler Award in 2003, naming her the University of Maryland Female Athlete of the Year. While at Maryland, Carissa played on a team that amassed a four-year record of 80-14, won three ACC titles, reached the NCAA semifinals three times and captured the 1999 National Championship over Michigan on Carissa's game-winning goal. Carissa also served a student assistant coach for the Terrapins following her senior season. Before college, Carissa played field hockey at Crestwood High School in Mountaintop, PA where she was a two-time NFHCA All-American and a three-time Pennsylvania All-State Selection. Her 49 goals in 1998 was a Pennsylvania high school single-season record and her 145 career goals set the Pennsylvania career high school scoring record; in 1998 she also clenched the third-highest career total ever scored by a U.S. high school player. Carissa has played on U.S. National teams since 1997, and was a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in 2003/2004. Carissa is currently a member of the U.S. Women's National Indoor team.
Jesse began his field hockey career in 1995 as a member of the Baltimore Field Hockey Association. He continued as a college player at Salisbury University's club team from 1997-2001. Between 2001-2004, Jesse played for the DC Dragons and then was named to the U.S. Indoor Team where he played in the Pan Am Indoor Cup in Venezuela in 2004, Canada in 2006, where the team won a Bronze medal, and in 2008 in Argentina, where the team won Gold. Between 2005-2006, Jesse played played for the Menzieshill Hockey Club in Scotland and was named the U.S. Outdoor Squad in 2006. In 2007-2008, Jesse also has extensive coaching experience including men's head coach at St Andrew's University, JV head coach at Elizabeth Seton High School, head coach of AMVJ Amsterdam's youth program, Varsity coach at Atholton High School and Varsity coach at the Severn School. Jesse currently coaches Varsity field hockey at Indian Creek High School in Crownsville, Maryland. Jesse was also recently named a member of the U.S. Men's National Indoor Team.
Coach Katie played both field hockey and lacrosse at St. Mary's High School ('96). She continuted her field hockey career at Frostburg State University and earned her BS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. Following graduation, she began coaching Varsity Field Hockey at South River High School and retired after the 2012 season. Katie was named the 2013 AA County Coach of the Year for the Capital Gazette HS Showcase. Her South River teams won 4 State Field Hockey titles (2012, 2005, 2004, 2000) and she was named "Coach of the Year" 5 times. Katie enjoys teaching players the love of the game and watching them grow and improve every week throughout the season. Currently, Katie teaches a 3 year old preschool class and coaches her daughter in both field hockey and lacrosse. She is a certified Level 1 USAFH coach and coaches for Crofton Athletic Council, SPark and the USA Futures program. She lives in Crofton with her husband, 12 year old daughter and 9 year old son.
Coach Battista played field hockey at McDaniel College where she was captain for 2 years and received all-conference honors. Prior to McDaniel she played at South River High School where she won two state championships and was named the All-Metro player of the year and received All-County and All-State honors. Hope also played for SPark and attended Festival during high school. She currently teaches physical education at Central Middle School and is the assistant coach at South River High School where she has helped coach them to 4 state championships.
Coach Straub graduated from Swarthmore College in 1997 where she played both field hockey and lacrosse. In addition to being selected as a Division 3 Regional All-American (1996-1997) and an Honorable Mention National All-American (1996) in lacrosse, she was elected to the Academic All-Conference field hockey team in 1995 and 1996 and the National Academic Field Hockey Squad in 1996. From 1997-2004, Sam worked as a middle school English teacher at Germantown Academy (PA) and later a middle school Dean of Students at Wilmington Friends School (DE), coaching both field hockey and lacrosse for both schools. In 2001-2002, Coach Struab completed her Masters in Counseling at Villanova and served as a assistant coach for the field hockey and women's lacrosse team at her alma-mater, Swarthmore College. Sam moved to Maryland in 2012 to take a job as Severn School's Upper School counselor. Coach Straub currently resides in Severna Park with her husband, son and daughter.
Coach Dalisera began her field hockey career in Severna Park playing with SPark and Green Hornets. She lettered in field hockey at Severna Park High School as a goalkeeper. She was a captain her senior year and won the Maryland State Championship three consecutive years. At SPark, her team won the 2007 National Indoor Tournament in the U16 division competing in the A pool. Coach Dalisera was named All-State and All-County in 2009. After high school, Coach Dalisera played Division 1 field hockey at American University While there, she was a Patriot League champion in 2010 and 2013. She was recognized on the Patriot League All-Tournament Team, All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second team, All-Patriot League Second Team, named to the NFHCA Division 1 National Academic Squad and Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Coach Dalisera ranks 6th all-time at American University with a career save percentage of 0.745. She also participated on USA field hockey Junior High Performance team in 2011 and Senior High Performance team in 2014 and 2015. Coach Dalisera was a member of the USA Women's National Indoor Team from 2011-2015 and travelled to Germany and Canada to compete with the team. She was named MVP in game 3 of the 2014 Can-Am series held in Toronto. She also competed in the 2014 Pan American Indoor Field Hockey Championship in Uruguay where the team placed 3rd. She continues to play for the SPark Women's team and at various events in the region. After graduating, Ashley coached at Severna Park High School from 2014-2015 and is now coaching at the Severn School in Severna Park as the Assistant Varsity Coach. Coach Dalisera has her Level 1 and Level 2 NFHCA coaching certifications and is an instructor at the USA Field Hockey coaching certification courses.
Coach Fielder began coaching for SPark in 2016. Before joining SPark, she coached for TNT from 2014-2016. During her time with TNT, she coached U16 and U19 teams in both indoor and outdoor tournaments. Kelsey graduated for Towson University in 2015, where she competed for the school's D1 program for 4 years. During her time at Towson, she played forward and midfield and even served as the team's backup goalie during her sophomore year. While in college, Fielder helped run Super Sixty field hockey camps in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Before attending Towson, Coach Fielder played at Severna Park High School and helped the Falcons win two state Championships. She competed in the Futures program and had the opportunity to play at the National Futures Championship as well as Junior Olympics. Kelsey also played for SPark Field Hockey while in high school. Coach Fielder is currently a Level 1 certified USFHA Futures coach in Region 7. She is also currently a volunteer assistant coach at Severna Park High School.
Coach Bonner played field hockey locally growing up with the Green Hornets and SPark and then transitioned to play at Archbishop Spalding High School while continuing to play indoor for SPark. In high school, she received All County, All Metro, and All State honors. Following high school, she went on to play field hockey at the University of Vermont where she was captain for two years. While there, she was awarded America East Rookie of the Week, America East All-Rookie Team, Commissioners Academic Honor Roll, and NFHCA Division 1 National Academic Squad honors. Currently, Kelsey is a critical care nurse in Baltimore and Assistant Varsity Field Hockey Coach at Archbishop Spalding High School.
Coach Gray has been coaching field hockey in Anne Arundel County at all age levels over the past 13 years. She played an integral role in establishing field hockey with South County Youth Association and has coached at Southern High School for the past 8 years, leading the Bulldogs to their first ever regional championship in 2013. Coach Gray is a Level 2 USA Field Hockey Coach and coaches at USA Futures sites around the region in the spring and coaches Sandy Sticks Field Hockey Camp at Ocean City High School in Ocean City, New Jersey in the summer. Coach Gray is currently the head Field Hockey and Unified Bocce coach at Southern High School where she is a special education teacher assistant.
Coach Weber has been coaching field hockey and lacrosse locally for 9 years. After playing both field hockey and lacrosse at her high school she went on to Loyola University in Maryland where she continued to play hockey all 4 years. Coach Weber continued her education and received her Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University. Currently a Level 2 certified USAFH coach, Meredith resides in Severna Park with her husband and three girls.
Coach Garden is a former county defensive All-Star. Coach Shannon has been coaching field hockey locally for 15 years. She is currently the head coach at Severna Park High School. She was formerly the Assistant Coach of Archbishop Spalding Varsity field hockey team and head coach for Spalding JV lacrosse team. Coach Shannon is also an accomplished youth and high school field hockey official presiding over several post-season and championship games.
Coach Hanratty has been coaching for SPark since the 2012-13 indoor season. She is a former player and assistant coach at Salisbury University. Coach Hanratty earned a degree in Mathematics with a track in Secondary Education. Shannon was a 4 year starter on defense for Salisbury University (2008-2011) where the Sea Gulls won 3 Capital Athletic Conference Championships and the 2009 NCAA D3 National Championship. Shannon was named All-CAC, ECAC Mid-Atlantic All-Star, and helped to anchor the 2nd ranked defense nationally in 2011 as a Senior Co-Captain. Afterwards, she attended graduate school at SU and completed her Masters Degree in Education while serving as the Assistant Coach from 2012-2014 where the team won another CAC title and played for the D3 National Championship in 2013. Shannon was a 3 year starter at Broadneck High School where she was named All-State, All-Metro, All-County and the BHS Defensive MVP. Shannon also played for SPark and attended Festival during high school. Coach Hanratty is a USAFH Level 1 Accredited Coach and has coached Futures at the Severn site. Shannon has helped coach the Old Mill HS field hockey team to a state semi-final appearance in 2014 and the Severna Park HS girls lacrosse team to a 3A/4A State Championship in 2015 as an assistant. Currently, Shannon is the Varsity Coach for the field hockey and an assistant coach for the girls lacrosse team at Broadneck High School where she is also a math teacher.
Coach Wild is a Physical Education teacher at the Severn Lower School. Betz has coached both indoor and outdoor SPark teams for fourteen years, taking SPark teams to Festival, Disney, Shooting Star and the National Indoor Tournament. At NITs, her teams have finished first in the U16 A pool in 2007, 1st in the U14 pool in 2008 and 2017, 2nd in the U19 C pool in 2009, and 1st in the U12 pool in 2015. She has also coached teams to a first place finish at Shooting Star in 2016 and the Limelight Tournament in 2015. Betz began her playing career at Severna Park High School, winning the Maryland State Championship in 1980 and 1981, serving as captain her senior year. She was a member of Salisbury University's National Championship team in 1986 and still plays field hockey in the Anne Arundel County Summer Recreation league with her team which captured four of six championships in Anne Arundel County. Betz was inducted into the Severna Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. Betz is currently the Head Coach for Varsity field hockey at the Severn School in Severna Park, MD.
Kristie Blumer is an environmental consultant and has been coaching field hockey for more than 15 years. She was a SPark coach in 2013 and after moving back to the area, has returned to coach SPark in 2018. She played NCAA Division 1 field hockey at Towson University and graduated with an Environmental Science degree in 2011. She coached the Rockville Maryland Jackals Team in 2008 - 2011, the Tasmanian Devils Club Team in 2011 - 2012, and coached the Loch Raven High School field hockey team in 2013. In addition, she was a Futures coach at Roland Park and Severn Valley, MD in 2013. She then moved to Miami and continued coaching at the Meerkats Youth Field Hockey Club and the Miami Surf Adult Field Hockey Club. Coach Kristie recently moved back to the D.C. area and is the current assistant varsity field hockey coach at the NCAA Division III Catholic University. She also enjoys playing field hockey for the Miami Surf Adult Field Hockey Club, DC Dragons, Washington Field Hockey Association, and the Baltimore Field Hockey Association. She aspires to motivate young athletes to achieve their athletic goals while gaining critical personal skills; confidence, teamwork, communication, and a positive sense of self.