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Each week on Wednesday, USA Field Hockey highlights an active club from one of the eleven 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 NorthEast Elite Field Hockey.
Club Name: NorthEast Elite Field Hockey
History: NorthEast Elite Field Hockey was founded in 2010 by Chelsey Feole after she graduated from Boston College. For their first season, Feole was able to rent the gym of her old high school, Brooks School, in North Andover, Mass. In turn, the club’s iconic forest green, black and white color scheme is in honor of the high school and in helping the club get off the ground. A decade later, NorthEast Elite has now grown to approximately 250 athletes ranging from the U-10 to U-19 level between the states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Each year between 20 and 30 athletes commit to playing on the college level. In addition to regular competition, the club also runs clinics and camps all year-long to help provide as many playing opportunities as possible.
Accolades/Awards: NorthEast Elite is currently ranked 44th in the U-14 Girls, 19th in the U-16 Girls and 21st in the U-19 Girls USA Field Hockey National Club Rankings.
Below is a list of recent finishes:
- 2020 National Indoor Tournament
- U-14 Girls Pool V Winner
- U-14 Girls Pool GG, Third Place
- U-16 Girls Pool B, Fourth Place
- U-19 Girls Pool H, Second Place
- U-19 Girls Pool O Winner
- 2019 National Club Championship
- U-14 Girls, 14th Place
- U-16 Girls, Second Place
- U-19 Girls, Fifth Place
Feole on Club Life: Feole has been hooked on field hockey since first trying out the sport in middle school. After four seasons at Boston College, as well as competing as a member of the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team, she served as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell where she helped lead the Riverhawks to their first ever 24-0 National Championship season. However, deep down she knew her dream was to start and run her very own club program. Once it became a reality in December of 2010, NorthEast Elite has grown further than she could have hoped in a decade. She is proud to also see so many other aspiring athletes move on to compete collegiately, as well as advance in the Olympic Development Pathway. Nicole Woods of the U.S. Women’s National Team and Taylor Blood of the U.S. Women’s National Development Team both grew up playing for the club. Additionally, current U-21 USWNT members Skyler Caron and Josie Varney, as well as Caylie McMahon of the U.S. Rise Women’s National Team are also NorthEast Elite products.
While full-sized programming was put on hold, the club has been very active on social media in terms of keeping all athletes connected off the field. Feole also added the club’s segment “A Trip Down Memory Lane” which featured many college coaches who got online and chatted with athletes, noting their favorite playing and coaching memories from seasons past. In June, NorthEast Elite was able to retake the field and resume training in person.
As Feole put it, the club always aspires to be a place where athletes are able to say, “practice is my favorite time of the week.” Through this phrase, her short-term goal for the club is to help all athletes achieve their goals to play on the college level through providing a meaningful and passionate journey through the sport. Looking at the bigger picture, she wants all NorthEast Elite players to be able to look back on their own club lives and realize how much those experiences meant beyond playing 60 minutes, and to have a sense of home when it is in the rearview mirror as they become strong, independent and fearless adults.
Her favorite part of being a USA Field Hockey Family member is the special feeling that resonates when things come full circle in her life with any and all club players. To her, there is no better feeling than seeing a child walk into their first major USA Field Hockey National or Sanctioned Event, and see the genuine look of joy, anticipation and excitement in their eyes. When she sees it happen, Feole is quickly reminded of her own overwhelming excitement when she first played at the same event years ago.