River Hawk Field Hockey Academy Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Join UMASS Lowell's head coach, Shannon LeBlanc Hlebichuk, and assistant coach, Katie White, at McCarthy Middle School for the River Hawk Field Hockey Academy this summer.
The River Hawk Field Hockey Academy is a camp designed for players of all ability levels. Whether you are a high school player looking to refine your skills before tryouts or a young beginner just starting out, the staff at River Hawk will have programs tailored to improve your game.
The day program will run from 9am-3pm daily open to ages 9-18. Players will be grouped based on their grade level and experience. We also offer a half-day program that will run from 9am-11:30pm daily for ages 6-9.
- Five hours of instruction daily
- Instruction from prominent college coaches as well as former or current collegiate athletes
- 10:1 Camper to staff ratio
- Special goalkeeping instruction
- Reversible jersey, STX water bottle and STX ball
- STX sticks are awarded as prizes
- Campers are grouped by grade level
This camp takes place 30 miles north of Boston at McCarthy Middle School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.Meet your coaching staff
Shannon LeBlanc Hlebichuk
After 11 years as head coach at UMass Lowell, Shannon Hlebichuk has little left to accomplish: NCAA Championships in 2005 and 2010; Six Northeast-10 Conference Tournament titles (2003-07; 2010); and eight consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, six of which in the championship game.
The winningest active coach in Division II with a record of 200-50 (.800), awards have been plentiful in Hlebichuk's 10 seasons for her and her players. She was named the Division II Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010; the NE-10 Coach of the Year in seven of her 10 seasons at the helm; and NFHCA Division II North Coach of the Year five times.Read Full Bio
She has also guided her players to NE-10 All-Conference honors 57 times and All-American status 41 times - including two in the 2012 season.
UMass Lowell is coming off a stellar 19-4 season in 2012 in whch it won the NE-10 Tournament championship for the second straight year and advanced to the NCAA Championship match for the fifth successive year. The 2011 campaign followed a perfect 24-0 year in 2010, which the River Hawks captured the Conference regular season and tournament titles as well as the NCAA Championship, their second title in six years.
Seven of Hlebichuk's 2011 players were named to the NE-10 All-Conference teams while four were honored as All-Americans. Senior Kayla Littig was named NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year as wel as the NFHCA North Region Player of the Year.
Named head coach in December of 2001, Hlebichuk led the River Hawks to a 9-9 clip in 2002 and to the NE-10 Tournament - its first-ever postseason bid. Just one year later, UMass Lowell went 15-8, captured the NE-10 Tournament and advanced to the NCAA title match where it fell to Bloomsburg University (4-1).
The 2003 NCAA championship game was the first of seven championship game appearances in nine years, coupled with semifinal showings in 2004 and 2006. On the eve of the 2003 NE-10 Tournament championship, Hlebichuk became the third field hockey player inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Outside of coaching, Hlebichuk served on the NFHCA Hall of Fame Committee from 2008-10 and was formerly Northeast Region chair of the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Committee and the NFHCA Division II All-American Committee. She also served two years on the NFHCA North-South All-Star Game Committee and was named head coach of the North Region squad in 2004 and 2005.
Katie White enters her second year with the UMass Lowell field hockey team and will continue to work with the River Hawks' attack and midfielders, while assisting with the recruiting efforts.
In addition to her position at UMass Lowell, White serves as the Director of the Seacoast United Field Hockey Club. She develops the training sessions, handles all of the administrative duties and organizes all of the club’s tournaments, camps and clinics.Read Full Bio
In 2010, White served as the assistant field hockey coach at Holy Cross, spearheading the Crusaders’ recruiting efforts. She also oversaw Holy Cross’ compliance and equipment duties, while assisting with the planning of daily practices and scouting.
Prior, White made coaching stops at the University of Albany (2007-2010) and Colgate University (2006-07)—helping bolster each program’s recruiting while assisting in all aspect of coaching.
She has also spent several years assisting with the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) Futures Program.
During her outstanding playing career at the University of New Hampshire, White received numerous honors over four seasons. She finished her career ranked third in program history in total goals and fourth in career points. As a senior, White served as team captain while leading America East in goals and points to earn First Team All-Conference and First Team Regional All-American honors for the second consecutive season. She was also named the America East Rookie of the Year in 2002.
White graduated from New Hampshire with a B.A. in Psychology in 2006 and is working towards her Master’s from Colgate and Albany for Educational Administration and Policy Studies.
2014 CAMP INFORMATION
The River Hawk Field Hockey Academy provides campers with top quality instruction plus:
Camp runs from 9am-3pm daily for Day Campers. Lunch is not provided. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch with them each day.
9am-11:30am for Half Day Campers.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Check-in: between 8:45-9:00am on Monday, August 4th at the Main Field
Check-out: Graduation is at 2:45pm on Thursday, August 7th
Players Grouped by: skill level and grade
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Hockey stick, water bottle, mouth guard, shin guards, turf shoes, and goalies must bring full goalie protective equipment
Facility: Campers train at McCarthy Middle School
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00am-11:30am First session
- 11:30am-12:30pm Lunch and half day campers depart
- 12:30pm-3:00pm Second session