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River Hawk Field Hockey Academy

River Hawk Field Hockey Academy
River Hawk Field Hockey Academy

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.

Highlights Include

  • 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

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Meet Camp Coaches

Shannon LeBlanc Hlebichuk
Co-Director

Shannon LeBlanc Hlebichuk

Shannon Hlebichuk has created quite the legacy in her 12 years at the helm of the UMass Lowell field hockey program. She is the longest tenured and winningest multi-year coach in program history.

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Backed by a resume that includes a pair of NCAA Division II Championships (2005, 2010) and eight Northeast-10 Conference Tournament titles (2003-07; 2010-12), Hlebichuk guided the River Hawks through their first year of NCAA Division I competition as members of the America East Conference in 2013 (2-16, 1-4). She has amassed a career record of 202-66 (.754) with a final Division II record of 200-50 (.800).

Hlebichuk has led her players to All-Conference honors 59 times and All-American recognition 41 times. With 10 consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament bids, eight of which culminated in a championship game appearance, she was a four-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Coach of the Year (2003, 2005, 2007, 2010), seven-time Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) Coach of the Year and six-time NFHCA Division II North Coach of the Year.
 
In 2013, the school’s inaugural year in the America East, two of Hlebichuk’s student-athletes were named to the conference’s All-Rookie Team, while two more received All-Academic Team accolades. In addition, 12 UMass Lowell field hockey team members garnered 2013 Gladiator SGI/NFHCA National Academic Squad recognition for excellence in the classroom.
 
UMass Lowell concluded its Division II membership with a 19-4 campaign in 2012, including its third consecutive NE-10 Tournament title and sixth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. Two members of Hlebichuk's 2012 squad were honored as All-Americans.
 
Named head coach in December of 2001, Hlebichuk led the River Hawks to a 9-9 clip in 2002 and into the NE-10 Tournament – the team’s first-ever postseason bid. Just one year later, UMass Lowell went 15-8, captured the NE-10 Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Championship game where it fell to Bloomsburg University (4-1).
 
The 2003 NCAA Championship game was the first of eight title game appearances in 10 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 UMass Lowell 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.
 
Every summer, Hlebichuk acts as the director of the Northeast Field Hockey Camp at The Governor's Academy in Newbury, Mass., which trains more than 150 players.
 
Over the span of her collegiate playing career (1994-98), Hlebichuk amassed 33 goals and 29 assists (formerly a school record), pitting her eighth on the River Hawks’ all-time scoring list. She played an integral role in helping her squad improve to a 15-4 record in 1997, up from a 5-15 clip the previous year. That year, she totaled 19 assists in 19 matches (1.00), which still stands as a Division II record for assists per game.
 
A two-year captain, Hlebichuk was twice named to the NFHCA All-America Team and was named the 1997-98 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Massachusetts.
 
Hlebichuk's prowess carried over to the classroom as she earned a spot on the NFHCA National Academic Squad three times. She was also named a GTE Academic All-American and was co-chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
 
Hlebichuk moved on to earn her master's degree in higher education at Arizona State in 2000 where she served as a graduate assistant for student-athlete development.
 
She was appointed to an assistant athletic director role at UMass Lowell from 2011-13 until the institution began its Division I transition period.    
 
Hlebichuk and her husband Korey reside in Nashua, NH, with their daughter Liv (11).

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Katie White
Co-Director

Katie White

Katie White enters her third year as the UMass Lowell field hockey team's first assistant in 2014.

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In addition to working with the River Hawks' forwards and midfielders, she serves as the director of the program's camps/clinics, and manages all facets of game preparation and player development.

Prior to joining the UMass Lowell staff, White served as the assistant field hockey coach at Holy Cross, spearheading the Crusaders’ recruiting efforts. She also oversaw the Holy Cross compliance and equipment duties, while assisting with the planning of daily practices and scouting.

White has also made coaching stops at the University of Albany (2007-2010) and Colgate University (2006-07), helping to bolster each program’s recruiting, while assisting in all aspects of coaching.

Outside of her collegiate coaching experience, White has also worked as the Director of the Seacoast United Field Hockey Club. She developed the training sessions, handled all of the administrative duties and organized all of the club’s tournaments, camps and clinics.

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 the 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 bachelor's degree in psychology in 2006 and is working towards her master’s from Colgate and Albany for educational administration and policy studies.

Camp Details

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 are grouped based on their grade level and experience. We also offer a half-day program that runs from 9am-11:30pm daily for ages 6-9. 

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*Please note, this information is subject to change.

SESSION INFORMATION

All Skills: July 27-30, 2015

  • All campers arrive between 8:45-9:00am on Monday, July 27th at the Main Field
  • Half Day Campers attend from 9:00am-11:30 Monday-Thursday
  • Full Day Campers attend from 9:00am-3:00pm Monday-Thursday
    • Lunch is not provided. Please bring a sack lunch. 
  • Full Day Graduation is at 2:45pm on Thursday, July 30th

INSTRUCTION

Ratio: 1:10
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

Facilities

This camp takes place 30 miles north of Boston at McCarthy Middle School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

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

Camper Reviews

Parent of River Hawk campers

  • 5/5.
Highly recommend to all players

My two children attended the River Hawk Field Hockey camp. They had an amazing time learning new drills, meeting new coaches/friends, and mastering the skills to become a better player. I highly recommend this camp to any level player. My girls had a blast and plan on going next year! 

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River Hawk camper

  • 4/5.
Great instruction

Nike field hockey camps are a way to work on and play the game you love. It's a laid back camp but you accomplish a lot everyday. The staff is super nice. They give great advice on improving skills for players at all levels.

River Hawk camper

  • 4/5.
Helpful for beginners

I signed up for this camp not knowing a thing about field hockey, and within the 4 days I've learned so much and now feel comfortable and confident playing in a game. 

Camp Dates & Prices

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