Owner of RAD/Head
Co-Founder of RAD
Associate Head Coach
at William & Mary
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.
Co-Founder of RAD
Head Coach at William & Mary
Tess Ellis is beginning her 20th year as a William and Mary coach and third as head coach after being promoted just prior to the 2013 season. Ellis rejoined the Tribe for the third time in the spring of 2010 and was elevated to Associate Head Coach in May of 2011.
In just two years, Ellis has established herself as one of the brightest coaching lights in the CAA, winning a share of Coach of the Year honors in both of her first two seasons. She is just the third coach in league history to be named Coach of the Year more than once, joining former W&M coach and friend Peel Hawthorne '80 as well as long-time ODU mentor Beth Anders; and Ellis is one of just two coaches (along with Anders) to ever win Coach of the Year accolades in consecutive seasons.
In 2013, her first season, Ellis led the Tribe into the CAA Tournament thanks to a double-overtime win against Hofstra in the regular-season finale. That 2013 year also saw W&M go on the road and deliver the biggest upset of the season, downing No. 5 Virginia 2-1 in regulation. At year's end, senior Taylor Hodge was named first-team All-CAA, CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Hodge was also chosen by the W&M Kinsiology department as its most distinguished graduating senior in 2013-14.
2014 saw the Tribe endure some trials early, losing captain Jesse Ebner for the first half of the season with an injury five minutes into the season opener, but the Green and Gold bounced back strong and played for the CAA regular-season title in the very last game of the year. Ebner's return and the maturation of several freshmen led to a swing of almost three goals a game over the second half of the year, and junior Pippin Saunders rode a career year to her second-straight first-team All-CAA nod. Fellow Australian Emma Clifton was also picked to the league's top squad, after breaking W&M's long-standing career assists record. In the summer of 2015, another sign of the growing regard for the Tribe was when six underclassmen were selected to the NFHCA Futures regional development program. Five progressed to the National Futures Championship, and one, Erin Menges, was invited to try out for the U-21 national team at its selection camp.
Ellis previously served at W&M for eight years as first assistant from 1993-2000, and another six years as volunteer assistant coach from 2003-08. From 2000-2003, Ellis served as the head coach of the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Under-21 and Under-23 National teams, as well as coaching the U.S. in the 2001 Junior World Cup and as an assistant coach with the National Senior team. During her time with the national Olympic program, Tess helped Head Coach Tracey Belbin develop the first Olympic residency program in Virginia Beach. Her duties with the program included daily training programs for both field players and goalies, and she had the privilege to train legendary U.S. keepers Peggy Storrar and Amy Tran.
An internationally experienced player, coach, and clinician, Ellis has been afforded many opportunities to travel the globe through her work in advancing the sport of field hockey. Other accomplishments over the years include training and traveling with the U.S. Olympic Team in the run up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, as well as coaching many junior travel teams. Tess has also served in a coaching and directors role for many U.S. development camps and in the USFHA Futures program.
Ellis was also a member of the Australian National Indoor team for eight years, and was on the Australia National Under-21 squad. She represented her state of New South Wales for 11 years in both indoor and outdoor field hockey. In 1993, Ellis founded the Williamsburg-based Colonial Field Hockey Club.
The RAD/MU Field Hockey Camp staff will be both International and Collegiate Head and Collegiate Assistant coaches and top High school Coaches.
The following coaches work have worked with RAD Field Hockey Staff: