COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - February 20, 2019 - Each week, a USA Field Hockey Foundation Annual Award Winner will be highlighted on usafieldhockey.com, prior to the ceremony highlighting each individual at the 2019 USA Field Hockey Summit, presented by AstroTurf, on Saturday, March 16 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore.
The USA Field Hockey Foundation is proud to announce that Alexandra Malatesta McMahan was selected as the People’s Choice 2019 USA Field Hockey Grow the Game Award recipient.
After McMahan finished her collegiate career in 2009 at the University of Richmond, where she earned national and regional athletic and academic honors, she went to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She thought she hung up her field hockey stick for good until January 2015 when she started the Main Line Field Hockey Club. What started as offering lessons on the turf in her basement to a handful of middle school girls, quickly became a full-time, year-round operation that was nothing short of "Mayhem." After months of trying to juggle the hours of a litigation associate with the launch of Main Line Field Hockey’s, also known as Mayhem, first spring training program, McMahan took a leap of faith and returned to the sport that shaped her life.
Only four short years later, those original Mayhem members are now committed to play for collegiate programs such as the Duke University, Fairfield University, the University of Louisville and the University of Richmond.
Mayhem’s mission is to develop strong, confident female athletes, as much as it is to teach field hockey skills. She manages a staff of twenty coaches consisting of former collegiate and USA athletes and local college coaches, all of whom are role models of sportsmanship, selflessness and commitment. Roughly 250 female athletes play on Mayhem travel teams year-round between the ages of 7 and 18, while another 100 athletes take advantage of the club’s skills clinics, training programs and lessons. The staff prides themselves in building a culture of positivity, energy and creativity.
In addition to attending Mayhem’s after-school practices and weekend-long tournaments, McMahan single-handedly runs the business-end of the club, from communication to program registrations, marketing, website development, schedule management, club finances and player development. She has helped guide twenty-four athletes to NCAA collegiate commitments. None of this, however, would be possible without the unwavering support, guidance and encouragement from her husband, Connor, their newest addition, baby Maeve, and her parents, Paul and Carla, who will always be her biggest fans. She thanks all of the families who originally took a chance with Mayhem and have helped develop the direction, growth and family-feel of the club ever since.
McMahan attributes her coaching style and love for the game to the incredible influences she’s had at the Mystx Field Hockey Club with Tina Reinprecht, Gwynedd Mercy Academy, University of Richmond under both head coaches Ange Bradley and Gina Lucido, and all of the coaches she learned from playing for the U.S. U-16, U-19, U-21 Women's National Teams and High Performance teams.
Mayhem is a place for every athlete to develop his/her own unique style of play and to learn to play fearlessly in a competitive, but nurturing environment. With abundant opportunities for athletes of all ages and skill levels, and a coaching staff who is patient, passionate and cares about each of our athletes as individuals, Mayhem not only “grows the game,” they grow the athletes with invaluable character traits and work ethics to allow them to succeed on and off of the field.