Manhattanville College Nike Field Hockey Camp Purchase, New York
Join Head Coach Kevin Kelly at Manhattanville College this summer and receive outstanding field hockey training.
Camp is designed as a Preseason Training Camp to get campers ready for the upcoming fall season. Campers receive maximum development through game situation, 7 on 7 games and full field matches (as permitted). Hone in on your skills, get in mental game mode, and prepare for the pace and rigor of preseason training and, most importantly, your fall season. Above all, it is a fun, exhilarating way to get game ready. Give yourself the edge over your peers when you step onto the field for your middle school or high school fall try outs!
Camp is open to individuals and teams.
- Minimum of five hours of instruction daily
- Instruction from prominent college and high school coaches as well as former or current collegiate athletes
- Partner Camp and sanctioned to make referrals to the US Field Hockey Futures program
- 10:1 Camper to Staff ratio
- Special goalkeeping instruction
- Personal evaluations from your coach
- Reversible jersey, STX water bottle and STX ball
- STX sticks are awarded as prizes
Kevin Kelly returns for his sixth season at the helm of the Manhattanville field hockey program in 2013, continuing the task of returning the Valiants to their position as a conference and regional power.
In 2012, Kelly led the team to an overall record of 11-8 including a six-game winning streak between late-September and mid-October outscoring opponents 29-16. During the stretch Manhattanville won three straight overtime victories over Misericordia, Hartwick and Wilkes all on game-winners by junior Amanda DeChent. The junior finished with one of the greatest season's in program history after recording single-season records for points with 73, goals with 30 and game-winning tallies with seven.
After the conclusion of the season, DeChent was named the team's first-ever NFHCA first-team All-American, after also being named the Freedom Conference Player of the Year. DeChent along with teammates Melissa Goncalves and Kayla Meenan were also named to the Freedom All-Conference Team at the end of the year.
In his fourth season with the Valiants, Kelly delivered Manhattanville to a Freedom Conference Championship appearance for the first time, as the Valiants made the conference semifinals as the fourth seed. The team came out of the gates hot, tying the program record for best nine-game start to a season with an 8-1 mark that saw the Valiants outscore their opponents by a 34-14 margin. After the season, four Valiants were named to the All-Freedom Conference second team, the most All-Conference honorees since the program's first year in the conference in 2003. DeChent had a great first season with the team, ranking second in program history with 36 points as the first player in Valiant history to average more than two points per game.
In 2010, Kelly nearly guided the Valiants to a winning record despite fielding a roster with just four upperclassmen and only one senior, posting a 9-10 overall mark. The most exciting game of the year came later at DeSales, when the Valiants tied the score late and Megan Greene tallied the game-winner with only five seconds left in overtime. Although no Valiants were named All-Conference, Kayla Meenan had one of the best statistical seasons in program history in 2010, as she ranked second on the school's single-season points list with 33 (11 goals, 11 assists).
Manhattanville posted a 7-11 record in Kelly’s second season as head coach in 2009, providing a solid base for future successes. The team’s potential was evident in the season-opening 6-3 win over Keystone College in which five of the team’s six tallies came from freshmen. A trio of Valiants – Jen Ascencio, Maura Bruen and Lauren Rutledge – earned All-Conference honors from the Freedom Conference after the 2009 season, as all three players were named to the second team.
In his first season as a collegiate head coach, Kelly guided the Valiants to a 6-12 record. The team faced a very difficult schedule that featured five nationally ranked opponents, falling to three of those teams by a single goal. In all, 10 of the Valiants' 18 matches in 2008 were decided by one goal, including five of the team's six wins.
Kelly came to Manhattanville from Rye High School, where he served as the head coach of the varsity field hockey team for 30 years. He experienced unparalleled success at the school, posting a career record of 391-56-9 (.867), and built a resume that includes four New York State championships, five regional titles and nearly 20 league championships.
Individually, Kelly was a three-time Section 1 Coach of the Year and in his final season was named the 2007 Journal News Coach of the Year. Kelly, whose Rye program was named the "Team of the Decade" by New York State, finished his high school career with the second-highest win total among active New York coaches.
Debbie Bell finished her first year as an assistant coach with the Manhattanville field hockey team in 2013.
In her first year, Bell helped lead the team to an overall record of 11-8. Manhattanville boasted a record-setting offensive attack, ranking eighth in Division III by averaging 4.26 goals per game and setting new program single-season records with 81 goals, 43 assists and 207 points as a team. After the conclusion of the season, senior Amanda DeChent was named an NFHCA All-American selection for the second straight year and four Valiants were recognized on the All-Freedom Conference teams.
Bell joins the Valiants after one season as the assistant coach at Bates College. During her time at Bates, she increased the team’s goal output by 30 percent and the leading scorers’ productivity by 57 percent. She also used her extensive experience breaking down game footage to allow them to see and develop through an improved understanding and knowledge of the game.
Bell came to Bates after a decorated collegiate career at Division I Kent State University in Ohio, where she left as the school record-holder in goals scored. As a junior, Bell was named a NFHCA third team All-American, as well as first team All-Mid-American Conference, and NFHCA first team All-West Region. She was also honored as the MAC Freshman of the Year in her first year at Kent State. Bell also has garnered international playing experience as a member of New Zealand’s Under-16 Field Hockey Team, beginning with her first appearance at only the age of 13.
A native of New Zealand, Debbie graduated from Kent State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Human Movement and a minor in Athletic Coaching.
2014 CAMP INFORMATION
The NIKE Field Hockey camp at Manhattanville College provides campers with top quality instruction plus:
Camp runs from 9am-3pm daily. Lunch is not provided. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch with them each day.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Check-in: between 8:30-9:00am on Monday, August 11th
Check-out: Graduation is at 2:30pm on Thursday, August 14th
Players grouped by: age and ability
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Hockey stick, water bottle, mouth guard, shin guards, court and turf shoes and goalies must bring full goalie protective equipment
Facility: Campers train on the GoValiants.com Turf Field.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00-11:30 Skills/small game tactics
- 11:30-12:15 Lunch
- 12:15-12:45 Lecture/demo
- 1:00-3:00 Games
Team Discount: If eight or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $30 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount. Discount does not apply to team only camps.Read camper reviews