Meet the Coaches

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.”

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.”

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. ”