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ABC Indoor Club Membership Fee
Must be within a 100 mile radius of this club to participate. Training is at Millersville University Student Memorial Center.
Ali McEvoy Campbell
Director of ABC Field Hockey / Head Instructor
Ali McEvoy Campbell, who played for the USA Field Hockey National Team for four years after an All-America and national championship-winning career at Maryland, has been named the assistant coach for the Millersville field hockey program.
McEvoy Campbell played in 31 international games for the national outdoor team. She continues a long, successful run with the national indoor team, playing in 23 international events, most recently winning a gold medal at the Pan American Championships. McEvoy Campbell arrived in Lancaster County in 2013 and even while playing on two national teams, she immersed herself in the coaching scene. She served as head coach of the U16 team for Spooky Nook Field Hockey Academy and was promoted to technical director of the academy in 2016. In that position she coached and developed players who went on to play at the collegiate and international levels. In 2017, she served as the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach at Hershey High School, helping the varsity program to a state semifinal appearance, a Mid-Penn Championship and a 20-6 record. As the JV coach, she turned a team with a losing record the previous season into a team with a 15-2 record.
McEvoy Campbell has spent her entire field hockey career in the nation's field hockey hotbed. After graduating from Boyertown High School, she went on to play for NCAA powerhouse Maryland where she was the 2013 ACC and WomensFieldhockey.com Defensive Player of the Year, a member of the 2010 NFHCA All-Rookie Team and a first team All-America pick in 2011 and 2013. She won two NCAA Championships at Maryland.
McEvoy Campbell was just 14 when she started playing with the indoor team and went on to win gold, silver and bronze medals at the Pan American Games. In 2017, she was the tournament's top goal scorer, named top player in the tournament and an Indoor Elite Team selection. She holds the distinction of the youngest player to ever compete on the indoor team and was the first player to represent the USA on two national field hockey teams simultaneously.
McEvoy Campbell earned a bachelor's degree in family sciences from Maryland in 2013.
Owner of RAD & Head Coach - Millersville Field Hockey
Three-time PSAC Coach of the Year and two-time Division II Coach of the Year Shelly Behrens has built the Millersville field hockey program into a contender at both the PSAC and national level. Now the winningest coach in Millersville history, Behrens guided the team to the first NCAA Division II Championship in Millersville women's sports history in 2014. Her Marauders have appeared in four consecutive PSAC Championship games, winning the 2013 edition, and have reached the NCAA Tournament in three consecutive seasons.
The 2012, 2013 and 2014 PSAC Coach of the Year, 2012 Synapse Sports Division II Coach of the Year, and 2014 NFHCA Division II Coach of the Year, Behrens has developed 37 All-PSAC selections, including a Millersville record nine in 2015 after a then-record six in 2014. She has also coached four PSAC Freshman of the Year winners in eight seasons. Her five first team selections in 2013 were the most in the PSAC and the most in school history. Her 2013 and 2014 clubs set school records for wins in back-to-back seasons (19 and 20). The 2013 PSAC Championship was the first by the program since 1986 and the NCAA Division II Tournament appearance was the first ever.
Player highlights include back-to-back Synapse Sports Defensive Players of the Year Lauren Sotzin and Rachel Dickinson. Dickinson also became the first Marauder ever to be a three-time All-America First Team selection. She was the recipient of the NFHCA Division II Player of the Year Award and the field hockey nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Before Behrens' arrival, the program had been without an All-American for 10 years. Behrens has developed 15 in the last five years and has placed seven freshmen on the Synapse Sports Division II All-Rookie Squad.
Known for her defensive coaching, Millersville led the nation in shutouts and goals against average in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The 2015 club set a program record for goals against average and put together a record run of nine consecutive shutouts.
Prior to arriving on the national stage, Behrens' 2012 team broke into the PSAC Tournament for the first time in 19 years. Behrens took the team to the PSAC Championship game for the first time in 23 years. Behrens became the first Millersville coach to win conference coach of the year honors.
Behrens' players also excel in the classroom. The 2014 club was awarded with the NCAA Team GPA Award at the NCAA Division II Festival, and Maragret Thorwart was Millersville's first winner of the Elite 89 Award. She has seen more than 40 players named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad, and Sarah Dickinson was named the Capital One Academic All-District twice. In 2012, Maria Thompson achieved the honor of PSAC Champion Scholar. Behrens’ Marauders posted a team GPA of 3.41 during the 2009 season for a first-place ranking among all NCAA Division II field hockey teams and the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA DII National Academic Team Award.The team has earned a national academic award each season since her arrival in 2008.
The Elizabethtown native and Lower Dauphin graduate came to Millersville following a successful one-year stint at Oneonta State where she quickly transformed the program with a 10-9 overall record and a second-place finish in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). She established herself as a winning head coach at the game’s top level by building Virginia Commonwealth into a competitive program. She amassed 33 victories in five seasons and led the team to back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2003 and 2004. The 2003 season marked the first time the Rams reached double-digit wins in a season in over a decade. The squad also recorded six straight wins, which was the longest streak since the 1992 season. The following season, the Rams went 10-9, which was the first winning season for VCU since 1992. Behrens was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2003 and the program also produced the first of two-straight conference rookie of the year award-winners.
Prior to taking over at Virginia Commonwealth, Behrens spent four years (1997-2001) as the head coach at Richmond. Behrens led the Spiders to their first-ever victory in the CAA Tournament during her first season and twice led the team to the semifinals.
Behrens was also a Division I assistant for eight years, coaching in the NCAA Tournament three times. Her collegiate coaching career began at Penn State in 1989 as an assistant. She helped the Nittany Lions to an 18-3-1 record and an NCAA berth. The following year, Penn State compiled a 21-4 overall mark and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals.
Following her time at Penn State, Behrens moved to James Madison for a two-year stint before becoming an assistant at Northeastern where she was part of the 1994 Huskies’ squad that finished 16-5-1 and captured the America East Championship.
Behrens has also been heavily involved in USA Field Hockey at both the national and developmental levels. She served as the goalkeeping coach on the U.S. team that won a silver medal at the 1999 Pan American Games and the national squad that competed in the 2000 Olympic Qualifier Tournament in Milton Keynes, England. She has worked with the U-21, U-18 and U-16 teams as well.
Behrens received a bachelor’s of science degree in education from Old Dominion in 1988. She was a standout player, serving as the starting goalkeeper for the Monarchs for four-straight seasons and received first team All-South Region honors during her junior and senior seasons. She was a member of four teams that reached the NCAA Tournament. The 1984 team won the national championship and the 1985 team finished as the national runner-up. Behrens also competed on the United States’ U-21 Junior National Team.