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The 2017 Coaching Staff

Varsity Head Coach: Ian Tapsall



- Founded Field Hockey Club of CT 2017

- Life Time member of USFHA since 1997

- Level 2 certified USFHA Coach 

- Played for Hounslow and Southgate Hockey Clubs in the UK;  2 time European Club Champions

- Captained Greenwich CT men’s team to 4 US National Club Championships

- Member of the 2014 United States Men’s Master's National Team; competed in the World Cup Master’s Tournament in The Hague, Netherlands

- Founding coach at FC United FHC since 2008

- Head Coach UVa summer camp  2013,2014

- Head Coach Princeton Elite Camp 2015 




Varsity Assistant Coach: Ruth Shorten 

- Played 3 years at Durham University, UK (2 x Conference North Champions)

- Played at Old Loughtonians, Cambridge City & Sevenoaks Hockey Clubs in the UK

- Plays for New York City Field Hockey Club (2 x NEFHA Playoff Champions)

- Coached with Academy International in the US

- Coached minis & juniors at Letchworth, Old Loughtonians, Cambridge City & Sevenoaks Hockey Clubs

- Coached at Durham University Summer Camps

- England Hockey Level 1 Coaching and Umpiring Certified

- Other interests include: Golf, Tennis, Interior Design

- Lives in Westport with husband, Ben, two children and black labs, Annie & Archie 


Junior Varsity Coach: Jenn Mittness

- Waterford High School 4 year varsity field hockey player and senior captain (2005-2009)

- Eastern Connecticut State University D3 field hockey player (2011)











Freshman Coach: Mary Katherine Hocking

- Third year coaching at Staples
-Fourth year English teacher at Staples- helping to pilot a course in Sports Literature for the 2016-2017 school year
-Three year player at Sheehan High in Wallingford
-Interests outside field hockey: travel, yoga, reading, UConn athletics
-MK currently lives in Fairfield with her husband, Chris, and her dog, Liffey