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Big Blue Beat: Varsity Field Hockey

By Zoe Wang '22

Head Coach: Izaak Pels

Last season's highlights: 
Led by seven seniors, including captains Margot Present '19, Avery Didden '19, and Josie Jahng '19, who will be playing for Yale University this coming school year, the team finished the season with a 10-12 record. 

What to watch for this season: 

  • Senior leaders this coming season include captains Hannah Dillon '20, Caroline Dannenbaum '20, and Olivia Nugent '20.  

  • New Head Coach Izaak Pels, a native of The Netherlands, where field hockey is a national pastime, will guide the team. He looks forward to competitive games against schools like Bernards, Ridge, and Princeton Day School, a team on which he previously served as Assistant Coach. 

  • Coach Pels also hopes to help the team advance to the NJSIAA Group 1 Elite 8 or even the Final 4. 

  • Coach Pels will focus on developing strong team morale and players' ability to understand transitions and be able to fulfill both offensive and defensive positions. 

  • The team's first regular-season game is at home on September 6 against Montgomery.


Full-court press: 

"I am very excited for this upcoming season. Coach Pels is an experienced coach with tons of insight in the game of field hockey. He brings new skills and an accomplished field hockey background to our program, and we are thrilled to have him with us."—Hannah Dillon '20

"Any successful team starts with two beliefs, that the future can be better than the present or the past, and that they have the power to make it happen together."—Head Coach Izaak Pels


Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,