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Each week on Wednesday, USA Field Hockey will highlight one active club from one of the nine regions around the United States to shine a spotlight on what makes Member Clubs unique. From coast-to-coast, clubs big and small will be featured to increase awareness of field hockey across the country, and administrators and coaches will have the chance to talk about initiatives, training and favorite parts of the game. This week from Region 3 is Seacoast United.
Club Name: Seacoast United
History: The Seacoast United Sports Club was founded in 1992 by Paul Willis. Initially, Seacoast United only served as a soccer club but almost three decades later, four other sports have been added into the mix, including field hockey in 1999. Seacoast United serves athletes in the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine areas.
Accolades/Awards: The club is currently ranked in the top-40 in the U-14, U-16, and U-19 Girls USA Field Hockey National Club Rankings.
Below is a list of recent finishes:
- 2020 National Indoor Tournament: U-14 Girls division – second in Pool I & U-16 Girls division – second in Pool U
Most Recent Event: 2020 National Indoor Tournament
Sarah Michaud on Club Life
Michaud has as long history with the Seacoast United field hockey program. During her high school years, she played for the club, and her success in school and on the pitch gave her the opportunity of continuing her playing career at Rider University. Once she graduated in 2009, Michaud returned to New Hampshire to start her working career but also began coaching field hockey part-time for Seacoast United. In 2014, Michaud was named director of the field hockey program. Shortly after, she applied for USA Field Hockey’s FUNdamental Field Hockey Grant as she saw a demand for field hockey clinics at the community level, but there were no funds or equipment to start such a program. The club received the grant the following year to help grow the sport in her region, and because of it, she continues to travel to this day to ten surrounding towns around Hampton, N.H. providing field hockey demonstrations to elementary schools. Michaud has also started free coaching and umpiring clinics for local park and recreation programs which are targeted toward current coaches, interested parents who would like to be more involved or athletes wanting to gain a deeper understanding of the game.
Michaud’s mission for Seacoast United is to provide playing opportunities to everyone who is interested in participating in field hockey and to help develop players of all skill levels. With more than 500 participants in the field hockey program spread across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, there is a wide range of needs to meet. For the most competitive groups, most of the Seacoast United high school seniors continue to play NCAA field hockey. This year, more than 30 Seacoast United players are heading to campuses to play collegiate field hockey. Current U.S. Rise Women's National Team athlete Alana Richardson also has ties to Seacoast United.
Michaud’s favorite part of being a member of the USA Field Hockey Family is the close-knit community. She says that the field hockey world is small, yet has met so many amazing people that she never would have had the opportunity to meet if it wasn't for USA Field Hockey and the sport as a whole.
Currently, Michaud and Seacoast United are hosts for the Regional Club Championships (RCC), presented by Harrow Sports, and Sheetz National Indoor Tournament Qualifier (NITQ), presented by YOLO Sportswear. This past winter, Seacoast United hosted its very first NITQ.
While everyone is required to stay at home, Seacoast United is staying busy. The athletes are given daily challenges to try and test their skills. They are also given weekly workout packets to complete and some even choose to workout together on Zoom calls. Each week they also have individual skill work to keep their skills ready for when they can get back on the pitch.
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