Goalkeeping Coach

"I look forward to coaching athletes who are excited to work hard and learn everything they can about field hockey.  Field Hockey is such an amazing sport and I can't wait to share what I know with the goalkeepers.  I also cannot wait to learn more form my fellow coaches who have already taught me so much!!"

U19 Coach​

Becky Petit

​Kimi Jevic

U16 Coach​

"Coaching UPRISE is such an awesome experience for me because I get to see all the players we work with develop each practice, game, and tournament. Looking back and remembering how helpful coaches were to me in the past motivates me to be that person for my players and to help them grow and learn while I challenge them each day. Working to give them the tools and confidence they need to constantly get better is my favorite. Always Rising Up!"


Playing Experience: 

  • Shawnee High School (1998-2001)
  • Was an active participant in Futures
  • Played for the club Spirit of USA
  • Selected to the U-16 National Team
  • Villanova University 

Coaching Experience:

  • Futures goalkeeping coach
  • Seneca High School assistant varsity coach (2008-2009)

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

     Becky says her proudest moments of the game happen when she is coaching and witnesses successful plays from her goalkeepers.      

Interests and Hobbies:

     When she is not coaching, Becky is usually spending time with her family. They enjoy riding bikes around town, playing in the backyard, and sitting at their fire pit at night. Becky also enjoys reading  and creating digital scrapbooks!

​​​U12 Coach

"I am looking forward to molding young players' minds to work hard, develop game sense, and teach them new skills. There is always something new to learn in field hockey, and I want to teach these girls the things that will make them successful!"

Emily Bowker

Playing Experience: 

  • Eastern Regional High School (2006-2010, 4x State Champion)
  • Futures Elite Member
  • The University of North Carolina (2010-2012, 2x ACC Champion, 2x NCAA Runner-Up)
  • Monmouth University (2014)

Coaching Experience:

  • College Camps (UNC Field Hockey Camp, Arte Duke Field Hockey Camp) 
  • Spirit of USA coach (2012-13)
  • Balance Field Hockey Training Coach (2011-Present)

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

     Melanie recalls her greatest field hockey moment during her freshman year of high school. She had two defensive saves to help Eastern beat top Pennsylvania competitor, Emmaus High School. This moment is special to her because she was playing along side her two older sisters, Meghan and Hannah. Melanie, being the youngest sister, felt she finally was on her sisters' level of play!

Interests and Hobbies: 

     When she's not coaching field hockey, Melanie likes to spend majority of her time catching up with her large family and playing with her puppy, Oliver. She also enjoys a strong cup of coffee with a butter croissant and finding new crafts to conquer!

Playing Experience: 

  • Glassboro State College (1972-1976)
  • National Squad Member (1974-1978, toured Trinidad Tobago and Barbados)

Coaching Experience:

  • High School Head coach at Highland HS (1987-1989), Glassboro HS (1989-2013), Timber Creek HS (2014-Present)
  • Selector and coach at National Level, including Developmental Camps
  • ​Garden State Games coordinator
  • ​Started the field hockey program at Salem Community College (1980-1985)
  • ​New Jersey HS All Star Team coach, toured England in 1985
  • Byrd's Field Hockey Day Camp

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

​     Gloria's most memorable field hockey moment is from the time when she was selected to the United States National Team, which was set to tour Trinidad Tobago and Barbados. Her next favorite moment comes from coaching at Glassboro High School in 2008 when they earned the rights to play in States! 

Interests and Hobbies:

​     Gloria loves to shop, ride her bike, and work on her yard. She loves supporting her grandkids in the various activities they partaken in. But most importantly, Gloria truly loves to help others in any way she can. 

Playing Experience: 

  • Eastern Regional High School (4x State Champion)
  • ​Was an active participant in Futures
  • Played for the club Spirit of USA
  • Kent State University (2010-2013, 3x MAC Champion)

Coaching Experience:

  • Stow High School in Ohio (Head Coach, 2014)
  • Eastern Regional High School junior varsity coach (2015-2016)
  • Gibbsboro Middle School Coach (present)

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

     Alyssa's greatest field hockey moment was winning four straight State Championship titles with Eastern Field Hockey. From her freshman year to her senior year, Alyssa remembers the pride and joy she felt after each victory. Additionally, the onset of victories, which began freshman year, introduced her to acquaintances that shared a common interest: field hockey. Through her journey, those acquaintances built a bond of sisterhood. To this day, her Eastern teammates are her nearest and dearest friends. 

Interest and Hobbies:

     Alyssa enjoys crafting in her spare time. She likes to craft things that inspire her love for interior design. Don't be surprised to find one of her projects on Pinterest.

Devon Bell

U14 Coach

Kelsey Rella

​​U14 Coach​

​"I have coaches with UPRISE for about 3 months now and I am excited to continue the journey. It has been amazing watching athletes grow into their own at such young ages.  I hope to bring my coaching style and positive mindset to the club!"

"I am looking forward to coaching tremendous athletes and helping them achieve their goals. I am also excited to enhance my knowledge of the game through coaching with the UPRISE coaching staff."

Kelsey Mitchell


"I look forward to using our exceptional sport and program to better the lives of the UPRISE athletes by advocating how the incredible game of field hockey can positively affect players' attitudes, work ethics, and social skills for a lifetime."

Playing Experience: 

  • Cherokee High School (2005-2009)
  • Ball State University (2009-2012)

Coaching Experience:

  • Spirit of USA coach (2013-2015)
  • Field Hockey Club of South Jersey Rookie Coach of the Year (2016).
  • Cherokee High School Head Coach (2016-Present)

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

     Devon says her greatest hockey moment was when she was a freshman and her varsity team tied Eastern High School for the first time in many years. It was even more memorable because she was the one who tied it.

Interests and Hobbies: 

     Devon enjoys sitting on the beach and running her nonprofit organization, Power Forward. Power Forward helps fund underprivileged student-athletes participate in travel sports. 


Janina Perna

Beth Anne Strittmatter

Jennifer Schoepflin

Alyssa McFerren



U16 Coach​

​"As a member of the UPRISE coaching staff, I look forward to supporting young players develop dynamic fundamental skills, game knowledge and confidence through immersion in a positive, constructive environment.  I am also eager to impart my enthusiasm for the game to young players and cultivate players' resilience and leadership ability. "

              Kristina Foster

                      U14 Coach

"What I look forward to with Uprise is working with the youngest players who want to be part of a new tradition, who want to learn, and who want to win. Starting from the beginning with a new club/new team brings fresh, new traditions that can be a pivotal moment in a young player's life. I look forward to teaching the game, teamwork, and professionalism to future National Team members."

Melanie Dawson

U19 Coach

Playing Experience: 

  • Eastern Regional High School (2000-2004, 4x State Champion)
  • Active participant in Futures and club programs
  • Rutgers University (2004-2008)

Coaching Experience:

  • Over 15 years of coaching camps and clinics in New Jersey
  • Futures coach (2005-2012)
  • Eastern Regional High School assistant varsity coach (2009-2014)
  • Spirit of USA coach (2012-2015)

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:
 
   Cat recalls her most memorable field hockey moment when she was a sophomore at Eastern and scored her first championship goal on the night of her grandmother's funeral. She says it was an unforgettable moment to honor the life of her grandmother and thank her for the impact she had on her life. Her grandmother would have been so proud. 
Interests and Hobbies: 
      Along with coaching, Cat is a dedicated teacher at Voorhees Middle School. When she isn’t coaching or teaching, she enjoys spending her time with her husband, Brett, and raising their son, Dean. She loves the beach, traveling, reading, and animals. 


                  Goalkeeping Coach

"I am so excited to coach with UPRISE. I look forward to seeing the girls blend together as a strong unit. It is going to be so great to see them grow not only as a player, but as a person. I can't wait to see their faces in the many moments of success they will experience. This will be a great year!"

Cassie Grossmann


          Gloria Byard

        U12 Coach

Playing Experience:

  • Southern Regional High School (2006-2010)
  • FUTURES Junior National Team Camp 
  • Indiana University (2010-2014; Big Ten Sportsmanship Award 2014, Choose to Be a Champion Award 2014 ) 
  • Ulster University, Belfast,  Northern Ireland (Irish Senior Cup Champions 2015)

​Coaching Experience: 

  • Indiana University College Camps (2010-2014)
  • World Camp USA (2010-2014)

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

    Emily's greatest moment was at Indian University her senior year, when she was awarded the Choose to Be a Champion Award. She had broken both of her hands leading up to the Big Ten Tournament, and her coaches allowed her to finish her season on the field; playing with two hot pink casts on! The support she felt from her family, teammates, and coaches was outstanding. She scored a goal in her final game of her career as a Hoosier and it meant a lot to her that the people around her had faith in her, even when she had lost some in herself after her injuries. 

​Interests and Hobbies:

     When Bowker is not working in her family's deil or teaching yoga and field hockey, she is likely to be found surfing or practicing yoga herself! She is also a massive family person and enjoys her time with them as much as she can. 

Playing Experience: 

  • Holy Spirit High School
  • University of Louisville

Coaching Experience:

  • FUTURES Program (2003-2016)
  • Middle Township High School Head Coach (2011-present)
  • Middle Township High School Head Girls Track & Field Coach (2014-present)

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

     Janina's greatest moment in field hockey just happened...coaching Middle Township High School to their very 1st  NSJIAA Sectional Championship has been the most rewarding experience she has ever had in sports! Witnessing the remarkable journey of the seniors; taking Middle from a losing record their freshmen season to a Sectional Title as seniors was one of the most incredible experiences of her life!      

Interests and Hobbies:

     She is a Health and PE Teacher at Middle Township and coaches two Varsity sports. When she is not on a field coaching (which takes up most of her time) she loves traveling and seeing historic places. Janina also loves watching Louisville Cardinal Baseball and spending time with family and her dog, Diogi. 

Playing Experience:

  • Moorestown High School (2002-2005, 2x State Champion)
  • Futures Participant
  • Spirit of USA
  • The University of Delaware (2006-2009), CAA Conference Champion - 2009
  • Active player in multiple adult and co-ed leagues (She loves field hockey!)

​Coaching Experience: 

  • University of Delaware Camps
  • Moorestown Field House (2015-present)​

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

      As a defender, Cassie didn't score many goals in high school so one of her greatest memories is from the semi-championship game her senior year. She was moved up to right forward and scored her first hat-trick.  She had another big memory that week in her last field hockey game against Ocean City.  It was the longest game of her life because it went into double overtime, and then finally a stroke out.  Though this was a tough loss, she still has positive memories thinking back to this match because she and her teammates displayed physical/mental toughness and she remembers the fun times, and the hard work it took to make it to that game.

​Interests and Hobbies:

     Cassie loves spending time with her family.  She has three sisters, loving parents, and some adorable nieces. She loves playing all games and sports, and her other big hobby is singing.  She is always singing in the car and around the house and she performed with an a cappella group at UD.

UPRISE Field Hockey Club Coaches 

Playing Experience:

  • Shawnee High School (4-year varsity squad, senior year Captain) 
  • Shippensburg University (4-year varsity squad, senior year Captain) 

​Coaching Experience: 

  • Shawnee High School coach, 1992-2002 (8 years varsity assistant; 2 years head coach) 
  • Seneca High School varsity coach, 2003-2009
  • Former Futures coach
  • Stick Stars Program coach, 2000-2015

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

     Beth Anne has two favorite field hockey moments in her career. The first was winning a New Jersey State Championship with Shawnee High School in 1983, when Liz Tchou and Lori Bruney were her captains. The second was when she was coaching at Shawnee in 1998 and won the State title. 

​Interests and Hobbies:

     Beth Anne is an english teacher at Seneca High School. She says being in the classroom is one of her favorite things. Along with field hockey, Beth Anne has coached youth basketball and softball. When she isn't teaching or coaching, she is spending time with her husband and four incredible daughters. 

Paige Mollineaux

U14 Coach​

"Field hockey has been such a huge part of my life and identify for ....a very long time. So I'll excited to share my passion and knowledge of the sport with young players who will hopefully grow to play at the collegiate level one day!"


Playing Experience:

  • Washington Township High School (2000-2004)
  • Drew University (2004-2008) 
  • FUTURES (1999-2004) 

​Coaching Experience: 

  • Clayton High School Head Varsity Coach (2009-2016)
  • Field Hockey Club of South Jersey Coach of the Year (2014)
  • South Jersey Edge Coach (2008-2014)

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

     Jen Schoepflin's most memorial field hockey experience as a college player was playing field hockey on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia in August 2009. Schoepflin's most memorable moment as a field hockey coach was in 2014 when Clayton High School earned the number one seed in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 State Tournament. 

​Interests and Hobbies:

    Jen's interests include researching best practices for effective literacy instruction and preparing future teachers as an adjunct Professor at Rowan University. Schoepflin's hobbies include shopping and relaxing on the beach. 

      Cat Watson​​ 

 U16 Coach

Field Hockey Club

U16 Coach​

​"I am really looking forward to being with UPRISE coaches and players who share my passion for the game of field hockey.  It is exciting to be a part of something that is going to establish a culture of success!"

Playing Experience:

  • Lenape Regional  High School (2005-2009) 
  • FUTURES Participant  (2005-2009) 
  • Spirit of USA FH Club Member (2007-2009)
  • William Patterson University (2009-2012)

​Coaching Experience: 

  • Lenape Regional High School Assistant Coach (2013-2104) 
  • FUTURES Coach (2014)
  • Seneca High School  Freshmen Coach (2015)
  • Cherokee High School Assistant Coach (2016-present)
  • Various camps and clinics in New Jersey

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

    Kelsey's greatest field hockey moment was her sophomore year in college, the night they beat Montclair University.  It's always a great feeling to win, but it is an even better feeling when you beat a huge rival! What made it even more special for Rella was that she had a goal and an assist in the win.  

​Interests and Hobbies:

     When she is not coaching, Kelsey likes to hang out with her friends and family and  spend time at the beach. She likes adventure and is always willing to try anything new and exciting!

"There is so much I cannot wait to achieve with UPRISE. I look forward to helping young ladies refine their skills and help them understand team concepts, which will bring their game to the next level. Also, I am excited to work with the talented staff and watch UPRISE rise to the top!"

Playing Experience:

  •  Eastern Regional High School (2009-2013, 4x State Champion)
  •  Active Participant Futures Member

  •  Junior Olympics Attendee (2010)

  •  Played for the club Jersey Intensity
  •  Northeastern University (2013-2014), CAA Conference Runner-Up 

  •  Rutgers University (2014-2017)

  •  Field Hockey Club of South Jersey College Player of the Year (2012)
  • Played in Australia with USA Athletes International (2017)

​Coaching Experience: 

  • College Camps (Rider, Penn State,  and Rutgers University) 

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

​Kimi's most memorable field hockey moment was her senior year when she received the P.R.I.D.E. award for her team at Rutgers. This award from her teammates and coaches meant a lot to her and showed that she really left an impact on her teammates. She scored the winning goal at Ohio State to secure Rutgers' spot in the Big Ten Tournament her senior year so Rutgers was able to continue their season in the playoffs which was awesome! Kimi also looks back on her four years at Eastern, before college, where they were 4x State Champs and undefeated her Junior and Senior years. Two of many great memories!

​Interests and Hobbies:

When Kimi is not coaching field hockey, she spends her time with her puppy Brady. She works in Center City Philadelphia for a recruiting firm. She loves cooking, working out, exploring new DIY crafts, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. You can always catch Kimi with a coffee in hand as well as her to-do list and planner!

U16 Coach

​“I love coaching for Uprise because I get to be apart of so many players’ lives. I see so many talented players develop their skills and achieve their goals; that is what makes it worthwhile.”​

Playing Experience: 

-Shawnee High School

-Active member in Futures and club programs 

- University of Maryland 

Coaching Experience:

- Yale University  (2010-2011)

- La Salle University (2011- 2018)

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

Kristina's greatest memories come from being a Terp and experiencing two National Championship teams, being a runner up to a National Championship, and being a sweet sixteen finalist. She says winning is great, but sometimes- with even the greatest talent- you can fall short of what was, at the time, the most important dream of your life. Not qualifying for the Final Four the year after being a National Champion was unforgettable for her and her team. Kristina stated, "the atmosphere, the comradery the hours on and off the field, the willingness to do anything for the teammate next to you... that's what takes you across the finish line. Being declared a National Champion was the most sensational moment of my life, but it doesn't come overnight."

Interest and Hobbies:

Kristina ​enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs. 

Playing Experience:

  • Eastern High School (2006-2009)
  • The University of Iowa (2010-2013)

​Coaching Experience: 

  • Eastern High School, Assistant Coach (2015) 
  • Cedar Creek High School Assistant Coach (2016)
  • Ocean City High School Head Coach (present)

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

     Kelsey's greatest field hockey memories are from her senior seasons, both at Eastern High School and at Iowa. During her final season at Eastern, Kelsey and teammates enjoyed a lot of success and she remembers play-off victories the most vividly, capped off with another Tournament of Champions title. At Iowa, Kelsey greatest field hockey memory is the Big Ten Tournament at Ohio State, where she and teammates beat Michigan and Penn State for the first (and only) time in her college career before falling short in the Big Ten Title game.

​Interests and Hobbies:

 Kelsey teaches 8th grade Special Education at Ocean City Intermediate School.  She loves her job! When she is not teaching or coaching, Kelsey spends time with her family and enjoys being outside.   

                       U16 Coach​

" What I am looking forward to with UPRISE is having both opportunities to teach the game of field hockey to girls who have a passion for the sport, as well as gaining more knowledge about the game from other coaches. I am also looking foward to seeing the girls having fun and being proud in their accomplishments"

"With UPRISE, I can't wait to learn from all the amazing coaches involved, so I can pass on the knowledge to other coaches and players. I'm excited to help make the field hockey in South Jersey the BEST there is and give each player the confidence they need to perform their skills at perfection."

Playing Experience:

  •  Delran High School (2005-2008)
  •  Active Participant Futures Member

  •  Spirit of USA FH Club Member
  • Cornell University (2009-2012), Captain (2011-2012)

​​​Coaching Experience: 

  • Futures Coach 

Greatest Field Hockey Moment:

​Paige's greatest field hockey moment is not one particular moment but is the fact that she is a current member on the board of the Cornell Field Hockey Alumni Association where she is able to connect with current players and provide guidance and mentorship.

​Interests and Hobbies:

When Paige is not coaching field hockey, she likes to travel with friends, try the latest health food trends, listen to new music and read a good book!