NC TarDevils Field Hockey Club

"First in flight!"



"First in flight"
                                  
Donnae Farrington - Founder/Owner/Director

1992 - 1995 BA Humanities degree from Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg, South Africa.          Psychology & Sports Science majors.
1990-1993 - played/represented the South African Junior National Field Hockey team (U/18, U/21)
1988-1991 - competed at National Indoor Hockey Tournaments in South Africa.
1995-2000 - coached at a Provincial (or State) level in South Africa (U/16 & U/18 teams) in various FH travel tournaments,
1987 - 1998 - participated in (National) Inter-Provincial Tournaments U/14 - U/21 & adults teams in South Africa, finishing in the top 2 teams each tournament. Represented Natal & Southern Transvaal teams.

Plus local coaching in USA:
2006 - 2008:  USFHA Futures Head Coach at UNC Chapel Hill
2004 - 2016: National Indoor Tournament
2010 - 2012: National Club Championships
2006, 2008: National Futures Championship Tournament Head coach
National Festival Tournament in Calif. (2006-2009) & Arizona (2010-2011) & Florida (2012 - 2013), Calif (2014)
2006 - 2016: Disney Showcase
2015-2017: Shooting Star Showcase
2009 & 2010: ESPN Rise Games in Florida
2007: Regional Rumble Head coach in Virginia
2004 - 2007: Head Coach at East Chapel Hill High School

As a player, I started playing in South Africa when I was 7 years old. Over the course of my FH career the positions I played most were Center Back, Center Mid-field & Sweeper so my teaching style is to develop utility players across the board with their skills. I have a great love & passion for this game & I thoroughly enjoy sharing that in improving all levels of players.
 
MARIE CLAIRE HELLER
GK Coach
Attended and played GK at Louisville University.
Graduate of East Chapel Hill High School.
Bio to follow

LAUREN BLAZING
GK Coach 
Currently representing the US National Team.
4 years at Duke University 2011-2015

Bio to follow



AMY STOPFORD
Student of Durham Academy, graduated from Duke University & represented the US National Team.
Bio to follow


WILLIAM LEHRMANN

EDUCATION: Advanced English Program Certificate of Recognition - Durham Technical Community College, NC, (2015). - Industrial Hygiene & Safety Technical Course Certificate of Completion - Luisa Caceres de Arismendi Technical Institute, Caracas, Venezuela (2013).- Electrical Engineering - Student of Electrical Engineering at Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela (2008)
HOCKEY BIOGRAPHY- Player in the Triangle Field Hockey League as a Captain of a team, NC (Winter 2015-2016)& (Summer 2015)- Represented the State of Miranda as team Captain in Venezuelan National Games (2012). Champions of National Games.- Represented the State of Miranda as team Captain in Venezuelan National Games (2011). Second Place in National Games.- Captain of the Venezuelan National Team (2006 to 2008).- Member of the Venezuelan National Team (1995 to 2008).- Member of the Beni Hasan HC Team (1 year) and later with the RB Caracas HC Team (1993 to 2008). -Took the initiative, with the guidance of my mother and a men’s national team player, to form the first youth team at Colegio IEA (El Peñon) in order to continue playing hockey as there was no intermediary team for youth 8 to10 years old. The team participated in the young adult and youth league (1989 to 1995).- Began playing Field Hockey, Caracas Sports Club (1987).
COACHING AND UMPIRING EXPERIENCE
-NC TarDevils Field Hockey Club, NC (Nov 2015 Present) Indoor and outdoor Coach responsible for 30 girls ages 12-17. Sought out for coaching position after success of Saint Mary’s School’s 2015 Season.-Saint Mary’s School, Raleigh, NC, USA (Aug Oct 2015) Outdoor Coach responsible for 24 girls ages 14-17. Saint Mary’s achieved their first ever appearance in the quarter finals of the State Tournament during the 2015 season.

-Umpire for various Venezuelan league matches. The level of the matches umpired was national selection teams from each state ages 15 years and older. The national league of Venezuela includes outdoor and indoor games. Each year medals are given to the top three teams in the league for first through third place separately for indoor and outdoor. The league consists of players selected from each state, 8 states in total. The national team players are selected from the National League, Venezuela (2004 to 2010). -Caracas Sports Club head youth coach. In charge of organizing practices, matches, training, and one assistant coach for 25 youth players at a time. Youth ages were from 5 to 14 years of age. Team participated in tournaments and matches of up to 6 clubs at a time played on weekends involving the team players ages 8 to 14 years old. The participating clubs were from the local capital area of Caracas. Each season lasted an entire school year with a break in December, Venezuela (2006 to 2008).
-Referee course with Horacio Servetto FIH Umpires Manager. Course for those with previous referee experience to continue learning the theory and basics of being a hockey referee, Venezuela (2006).

PANAMERICAN FIELD HOCKEY FEDERATION (PAHF) SANCTIONED EVENTS

- South American Championship Montevideo, Uruguay (April 2008).
- ALBA Games
Caracas, Venezuela (May 2007).
- Central American & Caribbean Games
Santo Domingo, Rep Dominicana (July 2006). - 2° Panamerican Indoor Championship Valencia, Venezuela (July 2004).
- 2° Panamerican Cup
London, Ontario, Canada (May 2004).
- 19° Central American & Caribbean Games - Puerto Rico (November 2002).
- 1° Panamerican Indoor Championship
Rockville, Maryland, USA (March 2002).
- 3° Panamerican Club Games
Bridgetown, Barbados (November 2001).
- 7° Junior Panamerican Games - Santiago, Chile (October 2000).
- 1° Panamerican Club Games
Kingston, Jamaica (September 1999). 


MELISSA FUNSTEN
A local Raleigh student of Ravenscroft School that played 7 years of TarDevils competitive travel tournaments. She was recruited & represented Davidson College for all 4 years.
Worked for the Peace Corps for 2 years.
 Bio to follow

TAYLOR LEHRMANN
Bio to follow

CODY CRENSHAW
An ex-TarDevils player that came through the TarDevils program, Cody excelled as an athlete from Durham Academy.
She completed her degree at NC State University.
Bio to follow



NATALIE GALLO

Natalie Gallo played high school field hockey at Durham Academy and went on to play four years at the University of Richmond (2009 - 2013) where her team won two Atlantic 10 Conference Championships and made two NCAA tournament appearances. She played Defense for Richmond and was a two-year starter. Natalie coaches for TarDevils as often as possible, most notably at the past three NIT tournaments - both U/19 and U/14 teams. And in 2011 at the inaugural NCC's with the TarDevils U/17 team that finished #20 in the nation. She has also coached at the Futures site at UofR along with other coaching clinics, camps and leagues in the Richmond area.


KELLY BEAM
Kelly graduated from Ohio State University and played Field Hockey for them. 
She is now coaching at Asheville School.
Bio to follow

MALLORY SILVER
After graduating and playing FH from Sewanee, Mallory returned to Asheville where she now is in her 1st year as the Head Coach for AHS.
Bio to follow


KATELYN MERCKLE
Katelyn Merckle is a 2010 graduate of Ohio University and was a four year starter for the Bobcat Field Hockey Team.  Katelyn started playing field hockey at the age of five in her home state of Pennsylvania while later becoming an All-State high school player and a member of the USA U16 team who traveled to the Netherlands to compete.  During her college career she was tied for most all time assists in a single season and was named First Team All-Conference her senior season.  Her graduating class was the most successful field hockey class to come through Ohio University winning three MAC Conference Championships in four years and making it to the NCAA Tournament three times including a Sweet 16 appearance.  During college breaks Katelyn coached college field hockey camps, coached the USA Futures program, and umpired indoor field hockey tournaments with her mother.  Since moving to North Carolina she coached a year at Carrboro High School where the team made it to the State Semifinals for the first time in school history.  Due to her work schedule she had to stop coaching at the school level.  Katelyn is very excited to be working with the TarDevils Club program and contribute to the growth of field hockey in North Carolina.  Katelyn resides in Durham with her husband, Josh and works for an Oral Surgery practice in Chapel Hill.

MELISSA FUNSTEN
A local Raleigh student of Ravenscroft School that played 7 years of TarDevils competitive travel tournaments. She was recruited & represented Davidson College for all 4 years.

Worked for the Peace Corps for 2 years.

 Bio to follow

KERRY KIDDOO




As a past TarDevils player, Kerry played 4 years of varsity field hockey at East Chapel Hill High. Kerry went on to play four years of collegiate hockey at Hofstra University in NY. She started all four years at defense for the Pride and tallied the most minutes out of the team in 2011 and 2012. Kerry made CAA Championship appearances in '09, '11, and '12.
Her accolades: Three time CAA Commissioner's Award recipient and also on Hofstra Athletics Academic Honor Roll since freshman year. In '11 Kerry was ranked 3rd in CAA for defensive saves and 21st in the country.
She has been coaching TarDevils teams since 2011 - at NCC's in VA & through the past 2 Indoor Hockey seasons.


RALPH BOERSMA

Past TarDevils coach now coaching at Duke University with great success.


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