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.”

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.”

Emma Kerr

School: Gwynedd Mercy High School
Grade: 10

“Mayhem means a lot to me and I feel very lucky to have been part of the club for five years. I have loved playing field hockey and meeting so many girls during my years with Mayhem. All of my coaches have been great and I have learned many skills that have helped to improve my play.”

Emma Maher

“I am excited to have the opportunity to be on the Mayhem Leadership Program where I can help advance girl’s knowledge of the sport and show them the love and passion I have for the Mayhem family on and off the field.”

Lexi Patterson

“Mayhem means to me a second family. At Mayhem, I am happy to play and work with the amazing players and coaches. I could not be more thankful for all Mayhem has done for me. I also really like helping the coaches and getting to work with the younger players. I hope to gain experience from helping coaches so I can coach when I’m older.”

Lily Wolfe

“I always have a sense of belonging and I’ve had the privilege of meeting many, many inspirational players and coaches along the way. Working with a younger group of players will only allow me to expand my Mayhem family and hopefully inspire someone else.”

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.”

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. “

Colleen McLafferty

“Mayhem provides a space that I use to express myself and forget about the stress in my life. I remember when I was younger, I really enjoyed having a leader on our team. I hope to connect with the players as both a coach and a person and act as a positive influence for them.”

Lily Choe

To me Mayhem is an outlet where I can focus on the sport that I love. I think it would be really exciting to help encourage other girls in their gameplay and stick skills. If I were a leader I would hope to build on skills in public speaking, directing/teaching younger girls, and learning more about the sport in general.” 

Alex De Cain

“Mayhem means so much to me because it gives me a positive, yet challenging environment to play the sport I love with so many of my best friends.  Just like past Mayhem leaders that have coached me, I would lead by example and teach the girls how to be confident and believe in themselves. It would be great for the younger girls that are just starting their field hockey journey to see our u16 and u19 teams achieving great things, which would hopefully motivate them to work hard so that they can also achieve great things as they get older.”

Annie Carson

Caitlin Keough

School: Mt. St. Joseph Academy
Grade: 10

“Immediately when I joined the club this year, I recognized Mayhem’s positive and uplifting coaches and atmosphere. Mayhem coaches provide me with positive feedback and instill motivation that helps me further improve my game. I had supportive seniors during my high school season last year, some of which played for Mayhem, and hope to be just as approachable and helpful to the younger players as they were to me.”

Claire McMichael

“One of the best things about Mayhem are the people and the coaches who have always given their time freely to help me become a better player and teammate. I want to emulate them by encouraging younger players to have fun and learn new and exciting skills. I believe I would be good at this because I have a huge love for the game. I also hope this program will help me grow into a better field hockey player as it will allow me to gain experience from a coaching perspective, under the guidance of Mayhem’s amazing coaches that make the club what it is.”

Caroline Kirkpatrick

“Throughout my time as a player with Mayhem I have fluctuated both in my intensity of play as well as my ability to take and seek feedback on my performance both on and off ball.  Given the chance for growth and maturity I can reflect back now and see the importance  of setting oneself up for a “growth mentality” as early as possible.”

Isabella Guarnacca

School: Gwynedd Mercy High School
Grade: 9th

“’Being a part of this program means a lot because I can help players to become the best field hockey player they can be. I love helping people when they need a question asked or need an example of the drillOne thing I am looking to get out of this is becoming better at interpreting words onto the field.”

Gabrielle Helduser

Gabby

School: Great Valley High School
Grade: 9

“Ever since I first started play at the club in 2019, I have made many great friends and my skills have improved immensely. I love the competitive environment and when my coaches push me past my limits. I  have so much to share about field hockey and I would be thrilled to help grow the game I know and love! I plan to play at the collegiate level.”

Anita Sinker

School: Germantown Academy
Grade: Freshman

“Mayhem has been a place for me to learn and grow not only on the field but mentally too. I look at all of the coaches I have had instruct me at Mayhem as a leader and a role model. I want to be able to be a role model to little kids and help them learn new things and grow in their skill on the field.”

Maddie Bogle

School: Gwynedd Mercy Academy
Grade: 10
“I love watching the girls get progressively better throughout the season, and seeing how they grow closer and support each other. I believe that the most successful teams are the ones who constantly support each other, and enjoy playing together. I know I would be a good Mayhem leader because I love to work with younger players to help grow the game.”

Sara Davis

School: Agnes Irwin
Grade: 9

“Mayhem, to me, is friendship, teamwork, resilience, and a whole lot of fun. At Mayhem, I have met incredible teammates and supportive coaches who have taught me so much. I have benefited from Mayhem leaders and coaches and would love to give back and support younger players. My experience is as a goalkeeper, but I would love to help young goalkeepers and field players with shooting and saving.”

Dara Asherman

School: Perkiomen Valley Middle School East
Grade: 8

“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.”

Kaylee Molitor

School: PV High School
Grade: 11

“Mayhem is a place where everyone feels welcome to come and practice what they love. Each and every coach and individual player respect and strive to help each other be the best person and player that they can be. Ultimately, Mayhem is a safe and great environment for everyone and is a family that I am proud to be a part of.”

Sophia Venneri

School: TE Middle School
Grade: 8

“I have absolutely loved all the time I have spent at Mayhem. Not only field hockey, but the encouragement from my peers and coaches has made me enjoy my time here. Mayhem is an extremely positive environment and I feel very supported when I come to practice, games, and clinics.”

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. “

Molly DiCampli

School: Henderson High School
Grade: 11

“I would like to have the same impact on the younger Myahem girls as Tara did for me. It would be nice to come full-circle and become part of the Mayhem Leadership Program. I really enjoyed volunteering at Mayhem Rising on Sundays. I feel like I connected with the girls and helped their play.”

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 . “

Nella Naticchione

School: Gwynedd Mercy Academy HS
Grade: 9

“I would love to help out with the leadership program again. I had such a great time coaching the u12 team. It made me so happy watching them learn and work on new stick skills.”

Scarlett Wood

School: Downingtown Middle School
Grade: 8

“Being apart of the Mayhem club has brought me many great opportunities to learn  and improve my skills in field hockey.  Not only is the hockey part an amazing experience, but it’s the friendships and bonds that I have made with my teammates over the years. Mayhem has taught me to be leader on and off the field and I would like to teach the younger group that important lesson as well.”

Lauren Kurek

School: Villa Maria Academy High School
Grade: 9

“Mayhem is a club where not only are skills developed and strengthened, but also long-time friendships are formed. I see women who inspire and guide me on my journey and teammates who shape me into a better field hockey player. I find no greater joy than coaching children to play a sport that I love.”

Kylie Schmidt

School: Downingtown West High School
Grade: 11

“In the last year, I have grown a lot as a player and I hope to be able to help another player to do the same. A goalie is a special position with the need for great communication skills, and the leadership program will help me further that skill. Becoming part of the leadership program would allow me to further integrate with the Mayhem Community as well as make connections with younger athletes.”

Nadia Gross

School: Gwynedd Mercy Academy Elementary
Grade: 8

“Mayhem has helped me to grow to a much more experienced player and taught me about being a kind person outside of hockey. I know that I would be a good Mayhem leader because I love to help people grow in field hockey. When I played school hockey I enjoyed stepping up and teaching the girls on my team how to improve their skills and way of playing. I taught them how to do a reverse hit and learn about field position all around the field.”

Emily Dobrowolski

School: Colonial Middle School
Grade: 8

“Mayhem has given me the confidence not only when I play field hockey but in life knowing that I can do anything I put my mind to. Through my years here I have created everlasting friendships and memories that will last forever.  I would be a great Mayhem leader because I have developed many skills through babysitting like having patience and learning to work well with children of all personalities. From this program I would love to see if I want to pursue a coaching career when I am older.”

Emma Brayford

School: Parkland
Grade: 12

“Mayhem is the most inviting and happy place for me to thrive and learn new skills, meet new people, and play the sport I love. This club has the most positive atmosphere for young female athletes to thrive and that is truly what I loved most coming into the club last year. I think I would be a great mayhem leader because I loved doing it last year, it was a lot of fun coaching with Sarah last year and the group of girls made it fun.”

Sydney Wright

School: Conestoga High School
Grade: 9

“At first, I joined because I wanted to play field hockey, as I got more familiar with the sport and girls, this club became a stress reliever. When you do well with a sport, especially for a while, there’s a certain time when you have to give back to it. I had an amazing time leading young goalies last season, and I would love to do it again this season. I think it’s a great opportunity to coach other goalies, and maybe teach them my style of play.”

Alexandra Falconio

School: Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
Grade: 11

“Throughout the many years I have played for Mayhem, the thought of the club automatically directs my mind to a family of athletes and coaches who share the same love, passion, and drive for one specific sport-field hockey. As one who has experienced so much within the sport I love dearly, I would be more than honored to share my skills and knowledge to those who have the same love for the sport as I do. When I was a younger athlete, I always looked up to those who were older than me, and I would like the opportunity to be that leader today.”

Victoria Guano

School: Perkiomen Valley Middle School East
Grade: 8th

“The welcoming environment has helped me grow mentally and physically as a player, along with the amazing coaching staff. Some of the past Mayhem leaders that have coached me really helped me become more confident in myself. I would love to give back to the Mayhem community and hope to positively impact and grow the game for other players, like previous Mayhem leaders have done for me.”

Kate Dobrowolski

School: Colonial Middle School
Grade: 8th

“Mayhem is more than just field hockey competition.  I have made lifelong friendships and have improved my skills in a huge way.  My coaches have been great role models. I would made a good Mayhem leader because through babysitting, I have learned how to work with children with all personalities and I am very patient with kids.”

Sophie Green

School: Radnor High School
Grade: 9th

“Mayhem to me is a community of people who support one another. Even when I just started playing field hockey not only did the coaches help me, but other players assisted me with things I struggled with as well. These players would soon become my best friends and people who constantly help me every day. I feel like I would be a good Mayhem leader because I believe I could make a positive impact on the younger generation of field hockey players.”

Julia Merriam

School: Harriton High School
Grade: 10th

“I began playing field hockey as an escape from all the other complicated aspects of my life, fully embracing that “leave everything on the field” mentality. I just wanted a place where I could be myself and show passion for a single thing; field hockey became that perfect fit for me. Now, when I step into the cage, I play not just to push myself to some higher, unachievable goal, but to play just because I love being in goal. If I could spend an entire day in a cage getting shots on goal, I would do it in a heartbeat. The goal is my home, no matter where it is. Sure, the competition and the prospect of college sports are a factor within club hockey that I do take into account, but above all, I simply play because I love being a goalkeeper.”

Sanne Smits

“I feel I would be a good Mayhem leader because my goalie experience has taught me to embody the Mayhem principles of hard work, self-discipline, and teamwork. I wish to show these principles to young female athletes to inspire and motivate them to push themselves to always strive for their best. I hope to build relationships with the younger Mayhem athletes and help them to build confidence in their self and their abilities. I value the opportunity I have had working with older female mentors and I wish to pass that experience on to the younger athletes.”