Alex Malatesta McMahan, Esq.
In 2015, Alex left the practice of law to devote her career to empowering young women through field hockey at the Main Line Field Hockey Club (“Mayhem”). The path was paved ten years earlier when she graduated from Gwynedd Mercy Academy High to pursue one of five full athletic scholarship offers at the University of Richmond under Coach Ange Bradley (now at Syracuse University), and later Coach Gina Lucido. And though law school seemed to mean the end of her field hockey career, a colleague shared one piece of advice that would change her life forever: “Do you what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Alex has continued to pursue her passion not only by coaching, but by training with the US High Performance Squad, playing in adult leagues, and jumping into drills at practice whenever she can.
During her high school career, Alex was a four-year Varsity field hockey and lacrosse player, named First Team All-American in field hockey, First Team All-State in lacrosse, and was selected for three U.S. Junior National field hockey teams. She attributes her success to the tireless support of her parents from the sidelines and the confidence she gained from coaches who met her level of enthusiasm and passion for the sport, and who allowed her to lead a balanced life and to learn from her mistakes. Alex returned to her alma mater to coach the program in 2015; in her second season as Head Coach, she led the Monarchs to the PIAA-A District Championship, the Regional Championship, and the first Round of the PIAA State Play-offs and has since been inducted into Gwynedd’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
While Alex was at the University of Richmond, the Spiders made two appearances in the NCAA tournament and claimed the Atlantic-10 Championship twice. Alex earned both regional and national athletic and academic honors, including Third Team Regional All-American and Academic All-American, and was named Captain and MVP of her team.
Alex went on to earn her law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she balanced heavy course loads with a part-time job at a mid-sized firm, an internship in the environmental law clinic, and her position as the Editor-in-Chief of a legal journal. After graduating from law school in 2013, Alex married her college sweetheart, Connor McMahan, and practiced estate and trust litigation for nearly two years before deciding to take on coaching and running the Main Line Field Hockey Club full-time. Alex and Connor now live in Wayne, PA, with their two Australian Shepherds, Phantom & Misty (pictured below!). Having had the opportunity to work with hundreds of families through travel teams, private lessons, clinics, and Mayhem training programs, Alex hasn’t had to “work” a day since.
Collegiate FH Career
- University of Richmond, Division-1 Full Athletic Scholarship
- U.S. High Performance Squad, 2016, 2006, 2005, 2004
- Team Captain and MVP
- U.S. U-21 Junior National Team
- U.S. U-19 Junior National Team
- Fanny G. Crenshaw Scholarship for Excellence in Athletics & Academics
- University of Richmond Scholar Senior Athlete
- Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team, 3x nominee
- Atlantic 10 1st Team All-Conference
- Atlantic 10 Leader in Assists
- NFHCA Division-1 2nd Team All-Region
- NFHCA Division-1 Senior All-Star
- Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference
- Virginia All-State 2nd Team
- Atlantic 10 2nd Team All-Conference
- NFHCA Division-1 National Academic Squad
- Atlantic 10 2005 and 2006 Champions
- NCAA Tournament Appearances
- Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team
High School FH Career
- Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School- Varsity FH & Lax Team- 4x years
- U.S. U-16 National Team
- NFCHA First Team All- American
- NFHCA High School National Academic Squad
- Lacrosse Academic All- American
- NFHCA Mideast All-Region Team
- NFHCA All-State Team
- AAU Junior Olympics
- U.S. Field Hockey FUTURES Elite Program
- U.S. High Performance Teams