New field hockey coaches bring spirit to team


Fara Wiles

From left to right: field hockey coaches Kristen Vick and Alexandria Ostich smile after a victory at Salem High School on Oct. 3.

New coaches, new faces freshened up girls’ field hockey this fall when head coach Kristen Vick and assistant coach Alexandria Ostich took over.

Vick has honors as a First Team All-District, All-Region, and 4A All-State field hockey player in high school and played division one field hockey at Old Dominion University. 

“I am excited to continue growing and developing as a team this season,” said Vick.

Ostich has been playing field hockey since she was in the second grade, and she, like Vick, played division one field hockey at ODU.

“When I was asked to help coach this high school, my expectations for the girls were simple; I wanted them to just work hard and have fun. This sport is meant to be competitive, but fun at the same time,” said Ostich.

During the season, the coaches implemented a few new things to help improve team chemistry and spirit, such as post-game reflections, yoga at the beach, Zumba workouts, and sister gifts.

“I think the new coaches are an excellent asset to the field hockey team. They push us to better ourselves as players and as people,” said captain Kate Thoele. “They have shown us that the basis of field hockey relies on teamwork; that no matter the skill, if you can’t work together, your accomplishments will be limited.”