Meet the Coaches

Field Hockey BC Coaches (Staff)

Susan Ahrens

Provincial Coach and Performance Manager

Roles & Responsibilities:
Susan is in charge of content design, evaluation and review for all Field Hockey BC programs. She also manages the recruitment, mentorship and support of coaches by developing and delivering coach education, as well as recruiting and supporting professional development of our Learning Facilitators. Susan is also responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the Field Hockey BC Academies and the Elementary Schools Program.

Coaching Experience: 
Susan has a degree (with 1st Class Honors) in Teaching (P.E.), a Masters in Science (Coaching) and a PhD. Susan is also a trained Master Coach Developer, Learning Facilitator and Evaluator with the Coaches Association of Canada, and continues to take development opportunities as often as she can. Susan has coached at all levels and spent over 10 years as a High Performance Coach as a specialist sport school in Scotland. Susan was also a consultant for Field Hockey Canada and researched and strategized their Long Term Athlete Development Plan.

Fun Facts:
Susan was a member of the Scottish Women’s National Field Hockey Team, as well as the Great Britain squad. She has competed at 2 World Cups, 1 Junior World cup, 2 Commonwealth Games and 3 European Championships. Susan also won a European Cup with Rot Weiss Koln in Germany and an Indoor State Championship with the Victoria State team in Australia.

In Her Own Words:
“I am passionate about the holistic coaching model; focusing on the whole athlete and helping them learn and develop them as people as well as performers.”

Julie King

Julie KingRegional Head Coach, Mainland

Roles & Responsibilities:
Julie leads and oversees the implementation of FHBC programming on the lower mainland.

Coaching Experience:
Julie has a Bachelor of Science in Coaching as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate of Analysis of Performance. She has been a Head Coach in the England Hockey National League and was a mentor for England Hockey. Since moving to Canada, Julie has worked with the Women’s Junior National Program as an Assistant Coach and Video Analyst. In addition to her work in the field hockey community, Julie also coaches in the Whitecaps Academy program and with the Canadian Women’s Soccer program.

Fun Facts:
Julie used to work as a Police Officer in England until she decided to follow her dreams and work as a full time coach and analyst. Julie played soccer for Everton Ladies and field hockey for Liverpool Ladies in the England Hockey National League. Julie’s daughter played soccer for Trinity Western University and has since moved to Europe to play professionally

In Her Own Words:
“I have been coaching both soccer and field hockey and I really enjoy transferring the best of each sport to the other. ”

Krista Thompson

Regional Head Coach, Vancouver Island

Roles & Responsibilities:
Krista leads and oversees the implementation of FHBC programs for Vancouver Island.

Coaching Experience: 
While playing on the Canadian National Team, Krista decided to give back to the community and pursue a career in coaching. She completed her Masters of Education in Coaching Studies program at the University of Victoria and then completed her NCCP Level 4 at the National Coaching Institute. Over the past 20 years, Krista has spent time coaching athletes at the middle school, high school, regional, provincial, university, national and international levels.

Fun Facts:
Krista started playing field hockey at age 12 for her Junior High School team. She continued her playing career through high school and then the University of New Brunswick before joining the National Program.

In Her Own Words:
“One of the highlights of my career was playing in a Four Nations Tournament in Vancouver against England, Japan, and USA.”

 

Field Hockey BC Program & Academy Coaches

Jessica Anderegg

Regional Assistant Coach, Southeast T2T

Coaching Experience:
Jessica has been a coach for the Surrey Sharks Field Hockey Club for a few seasons now. This is Jessica’s second year coaching in the Southeast Regional Program – a program she once played in. She got into coaching after being recruited by Julie King. Julie coached Jessica in soccer, saw her potential both on and off the field and asked her to join the Southeast coaching team, effectively taking Jessica under her wing. 

Fun Facts:
Jessica has been playing both soccer and field hockey for almost 15 years and loves both sports. She played on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Women’s Soccer Team for 4 years but has now returned to her field hockey roots.

In Her Own Words:
“I am very excited to continue with FHBC where I can share my passion for the sport I grew up playing. I hope to pass along my wealth of experience to other players eager to better themselves within the sport.”

Jenn Beagan

Academy Head Coach, NVSD & WVSD
Regional Head Coach, Northwest T2T

Roles & Responsibilities:
Jenn leads and oversees the implementation of FHBC programming for the North Vancouver and West Vancouver School District Academies. Jenn is also the Head Coach of the Northwest Train 2 Train Regional Program.

Coaching Experience:
Jenn has completed her NCCP Level 3 Coaching Accreditation. She has been a FHBC Regional and Provincial Coach since 2006 and was the FHBC Coach of the Year in 2011. Jenn has also coached for the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, in the US Futures program and at the ECFH National Academy and Training Center.

Fun Facts:
As a Junior athlete, Jenn competed for BC Provincial Teams, and was also a member of the U19 Canadian National Team that competed at the Youth Commonwealth Games in 2000. Jenn played NCAA field hockey at Kent State University and was part of the team that won three Conference Championship Titles, made three appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16 and were ranked 7th in the Nation. Jenn graduated with a degree in Architecture and now works locally with a Sport Architecture focus, working on projects such at the Richmond Oval and Fortius Sport & Health. Jenn is also the Owner and Lead Recruiting Consultant at Access Sport Recruiting and Training.

Alyssa Davidson

Regional Assistant Coach, Island T2T & T2C – Victoria

Coaching Experience:
Alyssa has been coaching field hockey for approximately 12 years. She started coaching in the Cowichan Junior Spring League with a variety of ages. Since then , she has coached a team in VILFHA, a California Cup Team, and at Brentwood College. She is currently coaching in a Junior Indoor Progrm and will be coaching Frances Kelsey Secondary in the fall. This is Alyssa’s second year coaching in the FHBC Regional Program.

In Her Own Words:
“I like to coach because I enjoy seeing kids learn new skills and learn what it means to be a part of a team, all while playing a sport we all love.”

Perri Espeseth

Regional Assistant Coach, Island T2T & T2C – Duncan

Coaching Experience:
Perri has been coaching the Island Girls Train 2 Compete program for five years. She has also been the Head Coach of the Cowichan Secondary School Senior Girls Field Hockey Team since 2014, leading the team to the AAA Provincial Championship title in 2015 & 2016.

Fun Facts:
Perri is a graduate of Cowichan Secondary School, and played for the University of Victoria Vikes Women’s Field Hockey Team for 5 years (2006-2011).

In Her Own Words:
“My goals are to help the athletes not only develop their technical and tactical skills, but to help them find their passion for sport that motivates them to work hard and set their own goals to achieve their best. I want to help the athletes understand the importance of sportsmanship and how to build and maintain a community around sport for the present and the future.”

Ali Lee

Regional Assistant Coach, Island T2T & T2C – Victoria

Coaching Experience:
Ali has been coaching with the Island Regional and FHBC Provincial programs since 2007. She was named FHBC Women’s Coach of the Year in 2012 after helping BC win gold at the U16 National Championship. Based in Victoria, Ali dedicates a lot of her time to helping grow island youth field hockey players staying heavily involved in both the Victoria Junior Field Hockey League, the Vancouver Island Women’s League as well as forming the island’s first women’s premier team, the Island Wildcats.

Fun Facts:
Ali now coaches the same two programs – FHBC Regional and Provincial – that she came through as a player. She went on to compete for both Canada’s Junior and Senior programs as well as the University of Victoria Vikes.

Andy Rushton

Regional Assistant Coach, Island T2T & T2C – Victoria

Coaching Experience:
Andy completed her NCCP Level 3 Coaching Accreditation in 2009. She has been a FHBC Regional and Provincial Coach since 2007. She also coaches in the Victoria Club system. As a coach she enjoys the challenge of seeing the game through new eyes. She is interested in mental training – the body-brain connection – and strives to create a positive environment for athletes to grow mentally and physically.

Fun Facts:
Andy loves field hockey! She was first introduced to the sport through her Aunt in Elementary School, and went on to compete for the University of Victoria and captain the Canadian Women’s National Team.