Our History and Staff
Delaware Sharks FHC was founded in 2000 with the goal of providing an indoor field hockey experience, and training locally to Wilmington, Delaware for multi-sport athletes. Delaware Sharks has evolved to year round offerings serving athletes as young as 3 through high school seniors. The organization focuses on both development of on-field skills as well as developing life skills such as self-advocacy and honest communication.
Delaware Sharks currently carry 170 athletes in the travel program, and offer recreational programs year-round in partnership with Kirkwood Sports, BPG Sports, City of Newark, and New Castle County Parks and Recreation. Our member base includes athletes not just from Delaware but from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey as well. Our athletes take part in many USAFH member events such as Junior Premier Outdoor League, Nexus, Regional/National Club Championship, National Field Hockey Festival, Disney (now the Sunshine Showcase), National Indoor Festival, and the National Indoor Tournament as applicable. We also attend College Connection's Shooting Star Events.
Delaware Sharks are helping bring a higher level of play to Delaware middle and high school communities by offering training that is open to the public with high level guest clinicians, including National Team players and college coaches.
Welcome to Coach Jess! Jess is currently coaching Smyrna Middle School field hockey. She played at William Penn under Coach Moffett before a successful career as a Wesley College Wolverine. Coach Jess was an Atlantic East All Conference selection as a Midfielder.
Sarah is enjoying her first fall season of retirement after being the Head Coach of Caravel Academy for 10 years. Coach Sarah played for Caravel before attending University of Delaware, where she played Division I field hockey. Coach Sarah loves watching players develop their skills with hard work and dedication. She teaches at Caravel Academy and owns a Sports Performance focused gym - Savage Sports Performance.
Amy Deitrich, Goalkeeper Coach
Amy attended Wilmington Friends School and went on to play in college at Temple University. She was a three-year letter winner Wilmington Friends High School and two-time Delaware State Champion. She captured 2nd Team All-Conference as a junior and 1st Team All- ConferenceTeam and 2nd Team All-State as a senior. College accolades include Temple University Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Division I Regional All-American, First Team, A-10 Conference Champion, A-10 All Conference Team, Honorable Mention, A-10 All Tournament Team, Three-Time A-10 Defensive Player of the Week, and Temple Invitational - Most Outstanding Goalkeeper. Amy was also a USA Field Hockey Developmental Camp attendee D, C & B Camp.
Her love for hockey still shines as she continues coaching: William Penn High School - Volunteer Goalkeeping Coach and Assistant Coach, 1999-2005; George Read Middle School - Head Coach, 2006-2008; William Penn High School - Volunteer Goalkeeping Coach, 2009-2012; and George Read Middle School, Head Coach 2013-2018. Coach Amy is BACK coaching Middle school for Fall '22. We are excited to bring a great breadth of knowledge to our GK's with Coach Amy!
A Sharks alum, Coach Katie recently graduated from Ithaca College. Katie was a five-year player on Conrad's varsity field hockey team, first appearing with the squad as an eighth-grader. She started all five years with the team, earning several accolades during her time with the program. She was named a First Team All-Conference player following both her junior and senior seasons. She was also an Academic All-Conference honoree during her freshman, junior and senior seasons. Following her senior year, she was the recipient of the CONRAD Way Award for Character, Ownership, Novelty, Responsibility, Achievement and Determination. Katie also was a participant on Conrad's varsity track and softball teams. At Ithaca, the defender was named Team Captain for her Senior season.
Coach Katie has coached at multiple Sharks youth programs as well as run Summer Camps. She also was a Graduate Assistant Coach at Ithaca.
Meghan started playing field hockey in 7th grade at MOT Charter. She continued as a four-year varsity player at Middletown High School, where some of her honors include offensive MVP 2014-2015, first Team All-Conference 2015, Second Team All-State 2015, recognized as Delaware’s Athlete of the Week 2015, and broke school record in most goals and assists since 2008. Meghan joined Delaware Sharks her sophomore year of high school and found her true passion for field hockey and decided to further her athletic career in college, rather than her lifelong soccer career. She attended Newberry College her freshman year where she was awarded All-ECAC Second Team Midfielder. Meghan transferred to Salisbury University where she appeared in the tournament all three years, with one being a final four vs. reigning national champion, Middlebury. She was recognized as Second Team All-Conference her senior year. Meghan is currently the head JV field hockey coach at Middletown High School and continues to play in adult leagues during the summer. She is currently working as a Residential Associate Clinician with patients with psychological and developmental disorders and is actively studying for her Master’s to further her career in psychology.
Jenn Judy is a member of the USA Women's Masters Team and competed overseas in the Summer of 2022. Jenn has been involved with field hockey since she was six years old, and grew up playing for PA field hockey powerhouse Oley Valley, winning the county, district, and state championships her senior year. She earned a scholarship at University of Delaware, where she was a two-time team captain. Jenn has coached multiple summer camps and clinics since high school, was an Assistant Coach at Ball State University, before becoming Head Coach for Rosemont College in PA in 2004. She was hired as an athletics administrator at Towson University in 2005, and returned to UD in 2015 where she currently coordinates leadership development and career programming for the Blue Hens. Jenn will be joining us this season with a focus on Coach Development; Coach Jenn will be assisting with some of our newer coaches to help set them up for success. Jenn met her husband Jesse at UD, and the two are very active CrossFit athletes. They have two children – Katelyn play field hockey and Jackson plays every other sport under the sun!
Coach Maia was a standout athlete at Padua Academy and with Delaware Sharks. Maia was a varsity starter for 4 years, earning All-Catholic Conference for 2 seasons. Coach Maia participated in Futures (now Nexus), and was a leader on both the NIT Pool and Disney pool winning teams. Coach Maia originally went to DII Newberry College for field hockey, but chose to transfer to University of Delaware to be closer to home. Coach Maia is double majoring in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Coach Maia has focused on youth in her coaching so far, being a frequent Coach for our programming at Kirkwood Sports and with our U10 and U12 indoor teams. She will be coaching middle and high school players at Festival in Fall of 2022.
Laura Lee (Co-owner, Director of Recreational Programming and Development)
Laura founded the Delaware Sharks back in 2000 with Debbie Murray- Sheppard, in response to a lack of indoor field hockey programs in the area. The club quickly grew from one team to many. She coached the first-ever Sharks team the Hammerheads Sharks, and the first outdoor Sharks team to win a National Field Hockey Festival pool (two years in a row). When the Hammerheads graduated she returned to coaching younger players as teaching the basics is her first love.
Laura is a field hockey official for both the Delaware Field Hockey Officials Association and USA Field Hockey, officiating both indoor and outdoor. Her coaching career started in soccer, coaching recreational and then travel soccer for nine years and earning a D Coaching License and the 2000 Adidas Region I United States Youth Girls Soccer Coach of the Year. She is also director of field hockey programs at Kirkwood Sports, where she oversees youth programs for all ages.
Laura played high school ball at McKean High School, and ran track at the University of Delaware (also participating in club hockey and rugby). Coach Laura is on the Board of Directors for Kirkwood Sports, volunteers with an Animal Rescue as a frequent foster, and is a volunteer for the CASA program for children in Foster Care for the State of Delaware.
A Sharks alum, Cait started her field hockey career at Padua Academy, where she was nominated team captain and received All State honors her Junior and Senior years. She continued her hockey career at Elizabethtown College, where she was selected as Team Captain and MVP her season year. Cait went on to be the assistant coach of her college team while completing her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy.
Cait returned to Delaware in 2014 to become the Asst Coach at Padua Academy while starting her career as a pediatric occupational therapist at Nemours. Cait specializes in celebral palsey and other neurodevelopmental movement disorders. Cait continues to play field hockey in both tournaments and Leagues.
Drew's origin in coaching began 20 years ago with high school football and wrestling. During his coaching career he was named Delaware Division 1 assistant wrestling coach of the year and won numerous Blue Hen conference and State Championships in both sports while coaching at William Penn High School. Once he became a father, however, Drew hung up his whistle temporarily to put his energy into his family. Now that his girls are old enough to enjoy sports, he has once again become a great advocate for sport and the development of young people. Drew is a Level 1 certified field hockey coach who has been a huge fan of hockey for 25 years and recently began playing in a co-ed league. Coach Drew has coached all age groups for Delaware Sharks from U12-U19!
Loveita started playing Field Hockey in 8th grade and was a member of the 1994 William Penn State Championship team. She attended University of Michigan, where her honors include: Captain 1998- All-America First Team, All-America Third Team – 1997, All Big Ten First team Honors 1997-1998, Big Ten All-Tournament Team 1998 and Big Ten regular season champions 1997, and Big Ten Tournament Champions in 1998. She was selected as the University of Michigan’s “M Women" Athlete of the year 1999. After her undergraduate work, she was a graduate assistant for Temple University Field Hockey 1999-2001.
Coaching youth hockey has always been her passion, shown in her 12 season run as head coach of William Penn High School field hockey team, earning 6 Blue Hen Flight A Championships, appearing in every DIAA state tournament from 2001-2011 (State Finalists-2006 and Semi-Finalist -2010). She is in her second year as Head Coach of Smyrna High School, leading Smyrna to the State Finals in her first season there in 2021.
Athletes she has previously coached played field hockey at the following colleges/universities: University of Iowa, Drexel, Michigan, Ursinus College, Boston College, University of Delaware, Towson University, Bloomsburg University, Ursinus College, West Chester University, Manhattanville College, Kean University, Wesley College, Lynchburg University, Neumann College, Catawba College, and Washington College. She is married to her husband Drew, whom she met in kindergarten, and has two very active daughters.
A former Sharks player and Concord alum who went on the play her college ball at Juniata, Caroline is a teacher at Mount Pleasant High School and has been as assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach at her alma mater, Concord. Coach Caroline was voted Teacher of the Year for Mount Pleasant School District in 2021. Caroline has worked with a broad range of ages and loves to teach the younger players strong skills.
Carly (Becker) Radziewicz
Coach Carly played high school field hockey at William Penn and went on to play at West Chester University. Carly had a long tenure as the head coach at DMA until the birth of her 3rd child in Fall of 2022. Coach Carly has coached all age groups. She loves working with the youth programs and helping them build strong basics. She is a married mother of 3 and a rabid Philadelphia sports fan!
Erin (Marihugh) Tarburton
Erin is a club alum of both Strikers and Delaware Sharks. She played at William Penn and then at Division I University of Delaware. Throughout her playing career, Erin has racked up All-State honors and NIT and Festival Championships. Erin was a member of the U-16 National Team as well as the Women's Indoor National Team.
Erin has coached all levels from Middle School to High School to Collegiate - assisting at both Widener and D2 champs WCU. Erin is passionate about playing and still actively plays both indoor and outdoor on a number of teams including DFHA, which competes on a National Level.
Erin teaches PE and Health at Kirk Middle School. Erin loves spending time at the beach with her Husband Kyle and daughter Fallon, as well as with her 2 German Shepherds.
A former Sharks player and Tower Hill School alum, Coach Laura will be joining us for her first season as an indoor coach! Laura was recruited to Division I Ball State for field hockey; she transferred to Division II Kutztown to be closer to home in a smaller school. Coach Laura was a 3 year Varsity starter at Tower Hill, notching 41 goals and 10 assists during that time. She earned All Conference Honors her Junior and Senior Seasons, and All State as a Senior. A true multisport athlete, Laura also earned Varsity Letters in indoor track, basketball, lacrosse and soccer! We are excited to welcome Laura and her enthusiasm to our team!
Paul comes to us with plenty of men’s field hockey playing experience. Paul was on the 2009 Junior Men’s Field Hockey National Championship team, and practiced with Concord High School field hockey team through 2010. Paul attended Drexel University and was on their lacrosse team from 2010-2013. During his time there he also practiced with the Drexel field hockey team from 2013-2014. Paul recently took a position as head coach for powerhouse Episcopal Academy after a long tenure at Padua Academy. Coach Paul coaches field hockey and lacrosse. Coach Paul and his fiance Bri have a son named Hayes who is the Sharks' #1 fan!
Jen Zuck (Co-owner, Director of Travel Programming, Head of Operations)
Jen (Mulvaney) Zuck played defense and midfield at Milford High School, where she earned numerous honors including First team All Henlopen Conference and All State honors. Coach Jen went to the University of Delaware on a full academic scholarship; she chose not to pursue hockey at the collegiate level. After graduating with honors from undergrad, she joined the workforce before going back and earning her MBA from Wilmington University. Jen is now employed by Marlette Funding, a fintech startup in Wilmington.
Jen has over 17 years of coaching experience having worked with athletes as young as 4 all the way through high school. She coaches both indoor and outdoor, and has multiple major events under her belt such as Festival, NIT, and Shooting Star. Coach Jen is in her first season working with a school program as an assistant for Tower Hill School's Middle School team.
Jen still spends plenty of time on the pitch, playing in adult co-ed tournament play as well as New Castle County League and Philly Hockey League.