Mayhem Leadership Program

The Mayhem Leadership program is designed to give select high school athletes the opportunity to shadow and assist the Mayhem coaching staff in order to learn key skills needed to teach and motivate young athletes.   Leaders will be taught to be self-assured when speaking in public, to have empathy and social attentiveness when athletes are struggling to learn, and how to deliver persuasive instruction in appealing ways to a specific (young) audience, and finally, how to be endlessly positive despite daunting tasks at hand.  Mayhem leaders will assist Mayhem coaches in the U10, U12 & U14 Spring Training & Travel Team programs by demonstrating and instructing skills in group and individual settings, coaching scrimmages, refereeing, interacting and giving direction to athletes and parents, and being pro-active in handling administrative and equipment needs.  Leaders will be included in coaching staff discussions regarding daily operations and will be given an evaluation of their leadership skills at the end of the season.

Mayhem is proud to hire leaders who have successfully completed the program and have gone on to compete at the collegiate level to join the Alumni Coaching Staff.

Student Athlete Leaders

Aubrey Kilgore

“As a goalie, I feel like it is important for me to know my team and communicate with them. I always have to be prepared for any shot or play that might come my way. Getting feedback from coaches is an important part of the game, so I hope to help other girls develop their skills the way I have at Mayhem and be a role model to them throughout the process.”

Claire O'Connor

School: Lower Merion High School
Grade: 9

“All of the players and coaches have made me feel welcome and I have made many friendships along the way. Mayhem means a lot to me because it is a place where I can develop myself as a player, and also be a part of a fun and supportive team environment. I would be a good Mayhem leader because I love to make connections with people, and I am always willing to develop myself and be flexible. “

Dara Asherman

School: Perkiomen Valley High School
Grade: 9

“Ever since coming to mayhem, I have learned more than just how to play field hockey.  I have learned how to be a leader, how to be positive, how to be a good teammate and friend,  how to learn from my coaches, and be the best me I can be. I want to learn to be a better leader, be more confident in myself, learn more coaching skills, and help grow the Mayhem Family.”

Eliza Vander

“I love giving back to this club because it has helped me a lot through the years and I hope that it can do the same for other girls. I’m always hoping to improve my leadership skills and I think this program will help enormously.”

Ella Toll

School: Conestoga High School
Grade: 10

“I look forward to each and every practice and game and enjoy every minute of the time I have to play with friends and learn so much about the sport I love from the best coaches.  Through Mayhem, my love for hockey has grown stronger and I see it being a part of my life for many years to come. Being a leader again would allow me to continue to pass on to young Mayhem players the same skills and understanding of the game that I was taught through the club. During my recent experience as a leader, I loved being able to encourage the players to have fun as they continue to learn to work hard and support their teammates, and I would appreciate an opportunity to do that again . “

Elsie Phipps

Grade: 8th

“To me, Mayhem is a place where I can go to make new friends, have fun, and do something I love. One of the things that make Mayhem so amazing is the coaching staff. In order for players to succeed, we need people who can guide us along the way.”

Kayla Rosenbaum

School- Shipley School
Grade – 11th

“Walking onto the field before practice, I am always excited because I know I’m surrounded by a supportive group of people who love field hockey as much as I do. The coaches at Mayhem have not only helped me develop my skills as an athlete, but have taught me valuable life lessons and helped me become a responsible, passionate person.”

Kendall Deluca

Grade: 8th
School: Gwynedd Mercy Academy

“Throughout my time playing at Mayhem, I have learned new skills, grew my love of the game, and developed some of my best friendships. I want to show young players what being a Mayhem player is: hard working, willing to learn, and having fun no matter the outcome.”

Molly Diamondstein 

School – Lower Merion High School
Grade – 10th

“Mayhem is a place where I have been able to explore, learn, make new friends and continue to develop a love for Field Hockey. As a goalie, I know how important it is to communicate and have the right mindset. Being a Mayhem Leader means that I would be able to help the younger players to develop their skills and techniques and give feedback that is meaningful and positive.”

Molly Meilinger

Saints Peter and Paul
8th Grade
“From the moment I joined the Mayhem Field Hockey Club, I felt an instant sense of belonging to a community that was more than just a field hockey club – it is a family. Through my year at Mayhem, I have created friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. The coaches at Mayhem are passionate about field hockey, and have increased my confidence on and off the field.”

Molly Romano

School: Merion Mercy Academy
Grade: 10

“I have been lucky enough to be a part of this community for almost five years, and have loved and cherished every second of it. No matter how I’m feeling when I arrive at practice, I know I can leave everything on the sidelines and be able to enjoy the game that I have grown to love more every year. I don’t think of Mayhem as a just place or team, but as a community of girls brought together by our  shared love of field hockey, as well as an environment where I can grow individually as an athlete, and a teammate.”

Rebecca Strauss

School: Unami Middle School
Grade: 8th

“To me, Mayhem means a fun and inclusive environment where athletes are encouraged to work hard and perfect the love of the game of Field Hockey. I have always had inspiring coaches and teammates that support and push each other to try new positions and opportunities at Mayhem!  Teammates and coaching staff are friendly and kind so if you’re shy or a little intimidated you don’t need to be afraid to ask a coach or teammate for tips or help.”

Rylie McGrath

School: Upper Merion High School
Grade: 11

“My Mayhem friends and coaches are like family to me.   They provide support, advice and encouragement and have been an important part of my life.  Mayhem provides an environment that continues to push me to be my best on and off the field, as an athlete, a student and a young adult. “

Tess Hankins

School: St. Philip Neri
Grade: 8th

“To me Mayhem means, young woman supporting one another, to reach their athletic goals, and to become self confident and assertive individuals. Mayhem teaches you more than just how to become a great field hockey player. The coaches help instill a sense of personal pride and confidence in each of their girls.”

Veronica Goettner

“Field hockey is so important to me because it brought out a new level of confidence in myself. It also became my escape from stress and anxiety. Over the years I have learned so many fun skills that I could do for hours on end and I want to teach younger girls those skills and how much fun this sport really is.”