2019 USA Field Hockey National Coach Award Winner: Jessica Shellenberger

Feb. 27, 2019, 9:08 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - February 27, 2019 - Each week, USA Field Hockey will be celebrating the USA Field Hockey Foundation Annual Award Winners prior to the 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 Jessica Shellenberger was selected as the People’s Choice 2019 USA Field Hockey National Coach Award Winner.

Shellenberger has been the coach at Donegal High School in Mount Joy, Pa. since 2004, retiring this year. She took over a program that had never qualified for the league tournament or advanced beyond the first round of districts in eight years.  

In 2005, after just two seasons, Shellenberger led the team to the Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League Final, a first for the program, as well as a trip to the quarterfinals of states, another program first.

In her 15 seasons, Donegal won eight L-L League Section III Titles in 2005, 2008-2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as three Section II Titles from 2016-2018. In 2008, the program earned its first ever L-L League Title. The 2009 squad earned the program's third District III AA Title, the first since 1991.

Donegal advanced to the L-L League Tournament 14 times in Shellenberger’s career, winning the title three times (2008, 2015, 2016). Her teams won a record six District III AA Titles, the first in 2009 and five straight in her last five seasons (2014-2018). Since 2009, all of her teams qualified for the PIAA AA State Tournament, advancing to the semifinals in six appearances (2009, 2012, 2015-2018), winning the PIAA AA State Title in both the 2016 and 2018 seasons. The 2016 squad went a perfect 29-0 en route to the program’s first ever state championship.

Shellenberger’s record at Donegal stands at 308-56-9.

She has coached numerous All-League, State and All Americans. She has sent countless players to the college ranks and beyond. Most recently, Donegal star Mackenzie Allessie, was named to the U.S. Women's National Team at the age of 17. 

Prior to Donegal, Shellenberger was a four-year starter at the University of Michigan (1999-2002). She was a part of three Big Ten regular season titles, two tournament titles and was a member of the 2001 national championship team, a first for the field hockey program and a first for any women’s team at Michigan. Shellenberger was twice named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and was selected as a Regional All-American her senior year. She attended Warwick High School in Lititz, Pa. where she garnered numerous accolades. She was named to the U.S. U-16, U-19 and U-23 Women's National Teams while still in high school. She was twice chosen as a high school All-American, the first-ever All-American athlete, in any sport, at Warwick.

Shellenberger was inducted into Warwick Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Susquehanna Valley Hall of Fame in 2017.

She works endlessly to make herself a better coach and to support other coaches and the sport of field hockey. She has trained athletes through her private business, Next Level Field Hockey, where she provides private lessons, clinics and camps. For the past two years, coach Shellenberger has served as the president of both the Lancaster-Lebanon League and Pennsylvania State Coach’s Associations. She has also been the Region’s All American Chair since 2017.

Shellenberger is actively involved in USA Field Hockey. She holds a Level III Coaching Accreditation as well as a FIH Level 2 Coaching Accreditation. She was invited by USA Field Hockey to partake in the first-ever Coach Educator Training in 2017. In February of 2018, she ran a Level 1 Coaching Course and she currently runs Futures Site 5B in Pennsylvania which is one of two Level 1 sites in the state.

Join the USA Field Hockey Foundation to celebrate and honor all the 2019 Annual Award winners on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Tickets to the USA Field Hockey Summit can be purchased by clicking here.