Staff Directory

Head Coach Tina Moon (coachmoon@strongislandfieldhockey.com)

Coach Moon encompasses a wealth of experience, knowledge and accomplishments in the world of field hockey. Coach Moon played field hockey at Centereach High School where she won two state championships, including an undefeated season in her junior year. She was chosen for the All Tournament, All League, All Conference, All County and a High School All American during her high school career. She played two years on the Empire State team representing Long Island; in junior year her team won the Gold Medal.

Coach Moon attended the University of Connecticut, a Division 1 Field Hockey powerhouse. During her college career, UConn won the Big East Championship and was nationally ranked in the top 20. Her individual awards at UConn include: All American, a two time 1st Regional All American, Big East unanimous 1st Team selection, All Big East Academic All American and also won the UConn Club Athlete award.

Coach Moon is currently a Guidance Counselor at Sachem East High School and has been a counselor for the past 18 years between Long Island and Connecticut.

Coach Moon’s coaching career is just as impressive as her playing career. She has coached the Empire State team since 2001 and in that time has won four Silver and two Bronze medals. She also has coached two All Americans, two All-States, and coached at College Connection. She is the Head Coach for the U16 New York and has coached the Connecticut Futures program totaling nineteen years, as well as coached in the National Futures Tournament. Coach Moon was selected as Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2006 for Suffolk County. She also has coached lacrosse and field hockey in Manhasset where they have gone to the county championship in both sports. During her lacrosse coaching career at Sachem East High School, they have been county finalists two years.

Coach Moon is the head coach for Sachem East High School and has coached for the last 14 years. The Sachem East team consistently finishes at the top of the league and represent themselves very well in the playoffs. The team finished 2nd in the county in 2007 and 2010 and has been in the semifinal games for four out of the five years since Sachem East opened.  Just recently, Sachem East won 2 back to back State Championships in 2011 and 2012 having a 22-0 record in 2012 and an overall record of 43-1 in 2011-2012 seasons.

Coach Moon’s passion, commitment, and love for field hockey as well as her accomplishments make her an asset to all the participants in the Strong Island Field Hockey program.

Head Coach Ann Naughton (coachnaughton@strongislandfieldhockey.com)

Ann NaughtonHead Coach Ann Naughton has been a head coach for Strong Island United Field Hockey since 2001. Ann has been coaching the Indoor, Festival, and Disney programs for the past 13 years. Ann also coached the New York Empire State Games – Long Island Scholastic Field Hockey Team from 2002-2011. In 1990 Ann began teaching physical education in the Smithtown Central School District. At Smithtown East Ann is the Lead Physical Education teacher and she is also the head varsity field hockey and girls’ lacrosse coach. In field hockey Ann has coached 4 All Americans and 20 Academic All Americans. Smithtown won their first Long Island Championship in 2002; one of the key players on the team was Smithtown’s first All American and Smithtown Hall of Fame Athlete, Carisa Eye who also is a part of the Strong Island United coaching staff. Smithtown East has won 2 Suffolk County Championships in 2002 and 2006. The program has won several Division Championships and many of the players on the program have gone off to play college field hockey. Ann has surpassed the 200 victory mark in both field hockey and girls’ lacrosse. Ann was voted Suffolk County Field Hockey Coaches Association “Coach of the Year” in 2001, and 2006. In the spring of 2014 Ann’s 2002 Long Island Championship Team was inducted into the Smithtown Hall of Fame.

Ann graduated from SUNY Cortland where she played Women’s Lacrosse from 1987-1989. Prior to playing lacrosse Ann was played Women’s Softball for the Red Dragons from 1985-1986. Ann graduated from Westhampton Beach High School where she was a 3 varsity sport athlete.

Club Administrator – Mary LoBue (admin@strongislandfieldhockey.com)

Mary has been the Club Administrator for Strong Island for 9+ years.  She manages all programs, tournaments, clinics and camps, along with the day to day operations of the organization.  She has more than 10 years of banking experience, having worked for Citibank in various administrative and managerial capacities from 1979 to 1990. After leaving the workforce to raise her family, she returned in 2008 at both Strong Island and American Portfolios Financial Inc. At American Portfolios’, she held various roles in Accounting, Legal and now currently works in Human Resources as the HR assistant to the VP of Human Resources on a part time basis.

 Assistant Coach Jamie Ackerman

Jamie AckermanJamie Ackerman began her field hockey career at Smithtown East High School. Under the coaching of Ann Naughton, Jamie was a four-year varsity starter, assisting her team in a Suffolk county championship in 2006 and earning All-County selection twice. She participated in futures and also played in the national field hockey Festival and Disney Showcase.  Jamie played in the Empire State Games in 2008, helping her team to a silver medal. Coach Ackerman currently attends Adelphi University, pursuing a dual Master’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and Special Education. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with a concentration in education in May 2014. Jamie was a four year member and captain of the Adelphi University field hockey team where she earned All-Rookie and All-Conference accolades.  Jamie is now a Futures U16 assistant coach and an assistant coach at Adelphi University.

Assistant Coach Shannon Alexander (coachalexander@strongislandfieldhockey.com)
Shannon Alexander’s field hockey career began during her years at Sachem Central District. She was a three-year varsity starter at Sachem North High School under the coaching of Tina Moon. In 2002, Shannon was a member of the Empire State Team where she helped her team in winning the silver medal, and was invited to play with her team at the U.S Field Hockey Festival in Palm Springs California.

Shannon continued to her field hockey career at Hofstra University with the Division I Field Hockey Program. During her time, Shannon started in over 60 games, scoring 1 goal, 6 assists and had over 11 defensive saves career wide. She also helped lead her team to the CAA Conference Playoffs four years in a row. In addition she was named to the NFHCA All American Academic Squad for five consecutive years and in her senior year, Shannon lead the CAA in defensive saves recording nine DS in a single season. Shannon left Hofstra with a memorable field hockey career as well as two college degrees. She received her BA in History and Secondary Education in 2007 and her MA in Social Studies Education in 2008.
During her years at Hofstra, Shannon began her coaching career as an assistant coach for the NFHCA U-19 Futures Programs. After graduating, Shannon continued coaching for the Futures Program, in coaching the U16 Developmental Program as well as began her high school career as a coach in Samoset Middle School for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Shannon currently coaches at Harborfields High School as the assistant varsity field hockey coach.
The 2013-2014 indoor season will be Coach Alexander’s fifth season.

Assistant Coach Jenna Brocking  (coachbrocking@strongislandfieldhockey.com)

Jenna BrockingCoach Jenna Brocking graduated with a Bachelors degree in History and secondary education in May 2007. Upon graduating, Jenna stayed in Rhode Island where she was the varsity head coach for a local high school. Coach Brocking played for Tina Moon at Sachem North High School, starting on varsity for four years. During her high school career, Jenna was an all county player as well as a two time Empire State Player, winning the silver medal with her 2002 team. Jenna was also a member of futures on the elite futures team. The summer before her junior year, Jenna played in England, Holland, and Belgium with Euro tour. She also participated in two National Festivals, in Florida and California, and was invited to College Connection, showcased at Old Dominion University. Currently, Jenna started a field hockey program at Eastport-South Manor.

Assistant Coach Maddy Combs

Maddy Combs is the Junior Varsity Field Hockey coach at Sachem North and is certified in Physical Education. She played field hockey at SUNY Cortland. Maddy went to Ward Melville High School where she earned All Long Island Honors her senior year and was a captain of the Long Island Champions. As a junior she received All Tournament Team.

Assistant Coach Carisa Eye

Coach Eye was a Forward from Smithtown High School who went on to play Division 1 hockey at the collegiate level for Sacred Heart University. There she led her team in goal scoring all 4 years. As a freshman she helped her team to a NEC Championship. Her sophomore year she lead the nation in goal scoring. Carisa is a Two-time NFHCA All-American, First team All-NEC selection, Longstreth/NFHCA Second Team All-Mideast Region, Two-time Zag/NFHCA All-Academic Team, Two-time member of the NEC Academic Honor Roll, Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Mideast Region, Four time NEC Player of the Week, NEC All-Tournament team, Two-time NEC Rookie of the week, NEC All-Tournament team.

In 2011 Carisa was inducted into the Smithtown Booster Club Hall of Fame, the youngest athlete in Smithtown history. She has worked clinics through her high school and college. In 2011 she was the head coach at Great Hollow Middle School. Today, she continues her work with Strong Island and is looking to pursue a career in Physical Education and Coaching.

Assistant Coach Danielle DeMola

Danielle DemolaDanielle DeMola’s field hockey career began at Sachem. She was a four-year varsity starter at Sachem East High school, under the coaching of Tina Moon. During that time she was a two-time All-State player and an All-Region selection. Danielle played in the Empire State Games in 2007 and 2008, helping her team to a silver medal in 2008. She participated in Futures, and was selected to the Futures Elite program. Coach DeMola earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Adelphi University, where she was a starting defensive player. Danielle is now an assistant field hockey coach at Adelphi, as well as a Futures U14 Assistant Coach.

Goalie Coach Suzanne DiRusso

Suzanne DiRusso started her career @ Sachem North High School as a Goalie; she was part of the Empire State teams earning back to back gold medals. This led to the Hockey Festivals in California. She also went through the Developmental Camps where she was then coached by the U.S Olympics teammates. Suzanne went on to the University of Pennsylvania, where she proceeded to learn from a highly academic school while playing D1 field hockey & lacrosse – third man. After college, she joined with a Pennsylvania Club team, playing in 2 international tournaments in Barbados.

Suzanne received her BS in sociology ’89 with minors in both math & German. Within her years @ Penn, she proudly participated in the NCAA final 8 & Final 4. She was honored with the Diane Angsted Award two years in a row. Each summer Suzanne coached, traveling from Pottstown Boy’s School, Trenton, Ryder and local Island camps.

Her last job experience was with Nike, Inc. where she worked for 13 years joining. In 2012, Suzanne joined the coaching staff at Sachem East High School, Strong Island and the USA Futures program training the goal keepers.

Assistant Coach Brooke Fallon (coachfallon@strongislandfieldhockey.com)

Brooke FallonBrooke Fallon is an alumnus of Sachem High School North and former player of Coach Tina Moon. She was a three year varsity field hockey player and four year varsity lacrosse player. She was an alternate for the 2002 Empire State team, played in the U.S National Field Hockey Festival in Palm Springs California and The College Connection showcased at Old Dominion University. Brooke graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2007 where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. While at Cortland, she was a member of the field hockey team and appeared in the NCAA tournament annually.

Brooke is currently a Physical Education teacher in Sachem and coaches field hockey and lacrosse at Sequoya Middle School. In addition to coaching at Sachem, Brooke has coached for Strong Island since 2007, futures, and various camps/clinics.

Assistant Coach Micaela Gallagher

Micaela GallegherCoach Gallagher began her field hockey career at Port Jefferson High School. During her time at Port Jeff, she helped lead her team to a 2004, 2007, and 2008 Suffolk County and Long Island Championship. She was first recognized in 2004, as an 8th grader, when she received All-Division honors, and then again in 2005 as an All-Conference selection.  Coach Gallagher was an All-New York State and All-Suffolk County selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. In her last two years, she also earned All-Long Island honors, was named Newsday’s 2008 Suffolk County Player of the Year, and was featured in Ultimate Athlete magazine. In addition, she participated in the Empire State Games from 2006 to 2008, earning a silver medal in her final year.

Following her tenure at Port Jeff, Coach Gallagher continued her field hockey career at Hofstra University. As a freshman, she started every game and received All-CAA Rookie honors, and in the spring of 2010, she was named to the United States Field Hockey Association’s High Performance program. Throughout her remaining years at Hofstra, she helped her team achieve two CAA tournament appearances, while working towards a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education.  From 2010-2012 she was a recipient of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award and was a member of Hofstra’s Academic Honor Roll. Coach Gallagher graduated from Hofstra in 2013, and plans to further her education by pursuing a career in Nursing.

Recently, Coach Gallagher accepted the position as head varsity field hockey coach at Sachem North, and will begin her season in the fall of 2013.

Assistant Coach Nancy Gallagher

Nancy GallagherCoach Gallagher is a graduate of Port Jefferson High School where she was a four year member of the varsity field hockey team and a three year starter. During her time on the team, Coach Gallagher helped lead the royals to win four consecutive Suffolk County Championships, three Long Island championships, two Regional Championships, and two State Final Four appearances, making the final round her senior year. A two-year captain, Coach Gallagher earned All State, All Conference, All Division, All Suffolk County Tournament, All Long Island Tournament, and All State Tournament honors throughout her career. She is currently finishing her Bachelors Degree at Stony Brook University in History and is the middle school field hockey coach at Port Jefferson. Coach Gallagher is also a Futures coach for the U14 and U16 age levels.

Assistant Coach Genna Kovar

Genna KovarCoach Genna Kovar played four years of field hockey, basketball and softball at Hampton Bays High School in Hampton Bays, New York. At Hampton Bays Kovar was a three-time All-New York State selection and All-region selection in 2007. When Kovar left Hampton Bays she was the school’s all-time scoring leader, as she tallied 57 goals and 23 assists in her playing career. Also, she was the 2007 Newsday Suffolk County Most Valuable Offensive Player and a three-time team Most Valuable Player. Along with participating in the Empire State Games for four years, she was involved with the United States National Futures Program and participated in the National Futures Tournament in Virginia Beach in 2007. Following high school Coach Kovar attended Hofstra University to earn a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts. As a freshman Kovar received All-Rookie honors after starting all 19 games of the season. In Coach Kovar’s second season in The Pride line-up she was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America third team, All-Mideast Region first team, and All-CAA first team selection. Even though Kovar missed part of her junior season in 2010 due to injury she still received All-Mideast Region first team honors along with an All-CAA first team pick. As a senior Coach Genna Kovar was in Sports Illustrated for Faces In The Crowd Article October 2011. Kovar was All-America First Team for WomensFieldHockey.com, Longstreth/NFHCA All-America, All-Mideast Region, All-Colonial Athletic Association, and First Team All-CAA Championship Tournament team. Genna Kovar was Female Athlete of The Year at Hofstra University, lead the CAA in goals, points and assists she also lead the NCAA in goals and points. Genna Kovar holds all school season and career records for Goals, Assists and Points. Season – Goals 28,

Assistant Coach Jessica Caruana

Coach Jessica Caruana is an alumnus of Sachem High School East and a former player of Coach Moon. Jessica was a three-year varsity starter and part of the 2011 state championship team. During her time, she earned All-State, All County, All County Honorable Mention, and All Division. Coach Caruana was a part of the USA FH futures program and competed in the last Empire State Games in 2010 where they earned the silver medal. She participated in Strong Island for four years playing indoors and traveling to the Disney showcase two years in a row. Coach Caruana also competed in the National Indoor Tournament in Richmond, Virginia back in 2011.

After her high school career, she continued on to play in college at SUNY New Paltz where she played all four years at the division III program. During her time at college she helped the Hawks win their SUNYAC conference four years in a row and compete in the National Tournament and named captain while in her junior and senior year. Throughout her career there she collected all tournament awards along with all-conference awards. In 2015, she got selected to play in the college all-star tournament down in Virginia, as well as earning SUNYAC defensive player of the year and being named a two-type All American. Academically, coach Caruana majored in Sociology and Criminology with a minor in Disaster Studies, and will further her degree at Stony Brook to get her masters in social work and mental health counseling.          

Coach Caruana has been coaching for four years now as well. While away at college in the off season, she was assistant coach for the Futures U19 program in the Hudson Valley for four years and in 2016 she became the head coach for the Futures U14 program in the Hudson Valley. She currently coaches varsity field hockey and junior varsity girls’ basketball at Comsewogue High School and also works for DDI as a direct support professional.

Assistant Coach Jessica LoBue

JessicaLoBlueJessica LoBue’s field hockey career began at Sachem. She was a varsity starter at Sachem East High school under the coaching of Tina Moon. During that time, she was team captain and received honors such as All-Division and All-Conference. Jessica played in the Empire State Games in 2008, USA Field Hockey Festival in 2007 & 2008, 2008 Disney showcase and participated in the Futures program and was selected to the Futures Elite program. Jessica joined the Strong Island Coaching staff in 2011. Jessica now coaches for Sagamore Middle School. Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from The College at Brockport where she was a starting forward. Jessica has earned a Master degree in Elementary Education with a dual certification in Special Education at Metropolitan College of New York.

Assistant Coach Grace Nunberg (coachnumberg@strongislandfieldhockey.com)

Grace NunbergGrace is an alumnus of Sachem High School where she played Varsity Field Hockey and Softball. Grace was a three year varsity field hockey starter. During Grace’s Sachem career, she received honors such as a 2 time All County player, All Tournament Team and All New York State recipient. She was named Most Valuable Player & team captain in her senior year.

Grace participated in the Futures program and played 2 years on the Long Island Empire State team winning a Bronze and a Silver medal.

Grace was awarded a scholarship to Hofstra University to play Division I Field hockey. At Hofstra, Grace was team captain and earned a degree in Business Marketing. Later, she went on to pursue a degree in Health and Physical Education at Columbus State University where she earned Physical Education student of the year in ’01/02.

Currently, Grace begins her 11th year of teaching physical education at Selden Middle School where she has coached field hockey, basketball & softball. Grace is currently the Head Varsity field hockey coach at Centereach high school. In addition, Grace is the U14 Long Island Futures coach and is a certified Level II USA Field Hockey coach. Grace is married with 2 boys and resides on the North Shore.

Assistant Coach Lindsey Spatola

Lindsey Spatola began her field hockey career at Sachem High School North, where she was a three-year varsity player. During her time at Sachem North, she earned an All-Division selection her junior and senior years, and participated in the USA FH Futures program.

In May 2015, Lindsey graduated from Neumann University, in Aston, Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Psychology. While attending Neumann, she was a two-sport, Division-III Varsity athlete and played both field hockey and ice hockey. Lindsey was a starting player for both teams throughout her collegiate career. Lindsey was a three-year starting center forward and two-year captain for the Neumann University Knights Field Hockey Team during her junior and senior seasons.

Lindsey’s accomplishments include: Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) First Team All-Conference her junior (2013) and senior (2014) seasons, CSAC Player of the week three times throughout her 2014 season, the Neumann University Field Hockey Play-Maker Award in 2013 and 2014, NUFH Most Valuable Player in 2014, and earned the title of Second-Highest All-Time Goal Scorer in the University’s history – which she had accomplished in her three seasons at Neumann.

In addition to her collegiate field hockey career, Lindsey also played defense for the Neumann University Women’s Ice Hockey team. During her collegiate ice hockey career at Neumann, Lindsey earned Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Academic Team her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Lindsey will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sports Management at Adelphi University, beginning Fall 2015.

Assistant Coach Samantha Spehler

Samantha SpehlerSamantha Spehler is an alumnus of Pierson High School located in Sag Harbor. Her field hockey career began at Pierson where she was a three-year varsity starter and captain. During that time, she was a two time All-State player and was awarded the Exceptional Senior Award. In addition, Samantha was a three sport Varsity athlete who also played basketball and softball.

Samantha received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at SUNY Cortland. While at Cortland, she was a four-year starter of the field hockey team who appeared in the NCAA regional tournament every year. She continued her education and received her Master’s Degree in Health Education at SUNY Cortland.

Samantha is currently a working as a Physical Education Teacher at Hampton Bays High School. In addition to coaching for Strong Island, Samantha is coaching the Varsity field hockey team as well as the JV Lacrosse team at Hampton Bays High School.

Assistant Coach Lauren Thomas

Coach Lauren Thomas-Desiderio played field hockey at Wyoming Valley West High School located in Plymouth Pennsylvania, where she helped lead her team to win two district championships and earned two state playoff berths, both firsts for her high school’s program. Her team went on to place 3rd in the Pennsylvania AAA State Playoffs her senior season. Wyoming Valley West’s field hockey program has since grown into a state powerhouse in the very competitive Wyoming Valley Conference. During her high school career, Coach Thomas was chosen for First Team All League, was a Wyoming Valley Conference “Dream Team” selection and First Team All-State. She played several years on the Keystone State team representing the Wyoming Valley Conference in the Keystone State Games and also played on the club team Pocono. Her club team won a gold medal at the National Field Hockey Festival.

Coach Thomas attended Fairfield University, a Division I field hockey program. During her college career, Fairfield won the Patriot League Championship and played in the NCAA tournament. Her individual awards at Fairfield include: Regional All-American, Patriot League 1st Team All-League, Patriot League 2nd Team All-League, Patriot League All-Academic and NFHCA Academic All-American. She was ranked in the top 10 in the nation her junior and senior seasons for Saves and Save Percentage and accumulated 565 career saves. At the conclusion of her senior year Coach Thomas was selected as Fairfield University’s Female Athlete of the Year. She is currently under consideration for Fairfield University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility for this prestigious honor.

At the conclusion of her field hockey career, Coach Thomas stayed on at Fairfield University as their Assistant Field Hockey coach for four seasons and as an Assistant Academic Coordinator for Student-Athletes. She has coached in the United States Field Hockey Futures program for five years both in Connecticut and New York, coached the club program Connecticut Revolution and has coached field hockey camps for ten years. In addition, Coach Thomas was a certified high school field hockey official in Connecticut officiating regular season and state playoff games.