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Welcome To The Home Of Venom HockeyTM! Pittsburgh's Elite Field Hockey Club!

 

We are the premier field hockey club in Pittsburgh, bringing International & NCAA experience to the club level. We are proud to be the first ever U14, U16 & U19 USAFH National Indoor Tournament champions for the Western PA region! It is our mission to provide everyone with superior field hockey training, support, and competitive education to make the best High School and NCAA recruits in the region. We offer full club as well as small group lessons to private field hockey lessons for all experience levels and never turn anyone away who wants to play on our hockey court.

 

Est. 2010



Spooky Nook Tournament

CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

2023 - U14 & U16 (x2)

2022 - U16 (x2) & U19

2021 - U16 & U19

2020 - U16 & U19 (x2)

2019 - U14 & U16 (x2)

2018 - U14 (x2) , U16 & U19

2017 - U19

NATIONAL INDOOR TOURNAMENT

Tiers

 

2024

U19 - Tier 2

U16 - TBD

 

2023 

U19 - Tier 1 & Tier 4

 

CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

2023 - U14

2022 - U19

2021 - U19 & U16

2020 - U14

2019 - U14

NATIONAL INDOOR TOURNAMENT

QUALIFICATIONS

 

2024 - U14 (x2), U16 & U19

2023 - U14 (x2) & U19 (x2)

2022 - U14 (x2), U16 & U19 (x2)

2021 - U14, U16 (x2) & U19 (x2)

2020 - U14 , U16 & U19

2019 - U14

2018 -U14

2017 - U19

2015 - U16

2014 - U16



Pittsburgh Pirates host Venom HockeyTM for the first ever Field Hockey Night!

Congratulations To U14 Blue With An Undefeated Pool V National Indoor TOURNAMENT  Championship!

Back Row: Coach Sandra, Naomi Stewart, Maggie Vines, Allysa Baculik, Grace Chrobak, Lilianna Rose, Coach Katie. Front Row: Coach Kelly, Addison Burns, Genevive Hanson (GK), Jemma Kimball-Ruttenberg, Avery Kripkie, Laney O'Brian, Hannah Markowitz.

Back Row: Coach Sandra, Naomi Stewart, Maggie Vines, Allysa Baculik, Grace Chrobak, Lilianna Rose, Coach Katie. Front Row: Coach Kelly, Addison Burns, Genevive Hanson (GK), Jemma Kimball-Ruttenberg, Avery Kripkie, Laney O'Brian, Hannah Markowitz.



    Mission Statement

     

    Since the beginning of Pittsburgh Venom in 2010, we have continued to grow and develop not only outstanding athletes, but our organization as a reputable club for elite field hockey in Western Pennsylvania. We provide our players the knowledge, skills, and important life experiences that can be used in their collegiate future with or without field hockey. We also maintain respectable, dedicated, creative and loyal staff that sustain the next generation of field hockey players.

    Vision

     

    To promote and cultivate field hockey in the young minds and bodies of the Western Pennsylvania area, so that they can continue to share their gained passion for the sport wherever they go.

     

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    Our goal is to prepare all players for a high level of competition. We do not have any try-outs to join the club because no player should be turned away if they have a desire to play the sport.  With that in mind, only the players who are ready to compete at the highest level will be selected to travel to the NITQ's & Showcase events. 

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    History

     

    In 2010 Rutger Wiese (IUP Head Coach) and Olivia Netzler Gray (RMU Head Coach) founded Venom in the Halls of Winchester Thurston gym starting with 6 players in our first Winter Indoor season. After the first winter season they hired Assistant Coach Benjamin Peters.

     

    Growing the club within Western Pennsylvania in the next few years Olivia moved to Louisville to coach. Then Rutger moved away to be the Assistant Coach at Harvard promoting Benjamin to Head Coach & Club Director. In 2017, Coach Benjamin Peters took the helm of the club after Rutger Wiese became the head coach of the USA Men's National Team.

     

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    Since then the club has grown the athlete base from 35 to over 150. Boasting 6 National Indoor Championships (3 U-14, 1 U-16, 2 U-19). 8 U-19 National Indoor Qualifications & 6 U-16 National Indoor Qualifications. 2021 Thanksgiving Showcase Championship and many regular season Spooky Nook championship's. In 2018 Coach Kyla Spallone joined Venom whilst coaching at Seton Hill. Among the growing club the coaching staff expanded and the club structure took a shift with Benjamin Peters taking the Club Administrator role and promoting Kyla Spallone to Club Director.

     

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    We strive to be the premier youth field hockey club in Western Pennsylvania, serving the needs of both Girls and Boys between ages 6-19 by providing an open learning environment in which each individual can shine and perform at the highest level. We are helping the local field hockey community grow by making a competitive space to grow and learn to be among the best in the country


    Club Administrator

    Benjamin Peters, 

    At age 12, Ben started playing in his hometown of Sudbury, England and took his England Umpiring Level 1  course when he was 15. In 2008, Ben moved to the USA to be closer to family. Besides his coaching duties, Ben is also an FIH international umpire for the USA. He was awarded his International Badge in 2012 & currently sits on the FIH (International Hockey Federation) International Advancement Panel; he has umpired at the 2017 Sultan Johor Cup in Malaysia, 2018 South American Games in Bolivia,  2018 U-18 Euro Championships I in Spain. He has also traveled to Australia to Umpire in their Premier Division and is an active umpire in the Pan American Region & the England National League as an active NPUA member. He was appointed to the FIH Series Finals in Le Touquet, France. The 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. In 2022he attended the  World Cup qualifier, Pan Am Cup in Santiago, Chile. Also in 2022 the inaugural Pro-League Qualifier the FIH Nations Cup in Potchestroom, South Africa.  Ben also umpires domestically in the NCAA and USAFH Events. He holds an England Level 1 & USA Level 2 Coaching accreditations.

     

    E-Mail: Ben@pittsburghfieldhockey.com

    Club Director

    Kyla Spallone,

    Spallone has been with Venom for 3 seasons and will be entering her fourth full year with the club this November.  She has over 6 years of collegiate coaching along with coaching athletes at the high school level as well.  Spallone graduated from Siena College where she was a member of the school’s Division I field hockey program as a defender.  During her time at Siena, Spallone was the teams starting middle defender. She was named to the NFHCA All Academic Team for two seasons at Siena. Kyla originally is from central Massachusetts where she still holds the all time scoring record for her high school and was voted the Central Massachusetts Player of the Year in her senior season. Kyla is a USA Field Hockey Level 2 Coach and coaches in the Futures program run by USA Field Hockey. Kyla herself as a player participated in 7 years of Futures including 4 trips to the National Futures Tournament.  Born into a family of coaches, she gets her passion for the sport mainly from her mother who has coached high school field hockey back in her home state of Massachusetts for over 30 years.  

     

    E-Mail: Kyla@pittsburghfieldhockey.com

    Youth Director

    Sandra Zugell,
     
    Sandra began playing field hockey in the 3rd grade. While at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, she was a 3-Time State Champion, All-State, and MVP her senior year. Sandra participated in the USA Nexus Program, was selected for USA Elite camps, and twice for the National Futures Championship. Sandra went on to become a four-year letter winner and starter for the University of Michigan. While at U of M, she started primarily at center back and sweeper. Sandra was selected for the NFHCA Division I All-Big Ten Second Team, All-Region (West) Second Team, the NFHCA Senior All-Star game, and was part of the 1997 Big Ten Championship team. Sandra has coached youth clinics, youth rec and ed teams, and summer camps for high school players. She is currently coaching youth field hockey, K-6th grade, for Marshall Township and the North Allegheny school district. Sandra is a certified USA Level 1 Coach, a RRCA Level 1 Certified Running Coach, and a critical care RN. Sandra is passionate about growing the sport of field hockey in Western Pennsylvania.
     
    E-mail: Sandra@pittsburghfieldhockey.com

    Coaches

    Emily Humiston,

    Emily has been involved in the sport of field hockey since 5th grade. She is a multi-year competitor at USA Field Hockey’s National Futures Championship and the AAU Junior Olympic Games. The all-time scoring leader at North Allegheny High School, Emily went on to play at Division I Providence College, where she was a starting midfielder and forward and the recipient of the team’s Mountain Climber award for achievement in the face of adversity and challenge. In addition to her achievements and contributions on the field, Emily was Big East All-Academic and the first ever female recipient of Providence College’s Student-Athlete of the Month. Emily became the youngest ever head coach of a WPIAL varsity team when she coached Oakland Catholic Field Hockey in 2017. Currently, the Assistant Varsity Field Hockey Coach for Fox Chapel, Emily hopes to continue coaching and developing the youth of the district in both indoor and outdoor field hockey.

     

    E-Mail: Emily@pittsburghfieldhockey.com

    Jenna Schwenk,

    Jenna’s field hockey career began in 5th grade at Oak Knoll School in New Jersey. She played at Oak Knoll through high school, where her team won multiple county, conference, and state championships and finished one year ranked #2 in the country. Her senior year she was recognized as First Team All-County and All-Conference. Jenna also competed at the regional and national levels with The Edge FHC in New Jersey and X-calibur in Pottstown, PA.  Her teams won gold at both Festival and Disney.  She participated in the USAFH Futures Program for 5 years, gaining selection to the National Futures Championships 3 times and also the AAU Junior Olympics.  Her final year in Futures she played at the Elite Level.  Jenna went on to play Division I at Dartmouth College as a starting forward.  Over the years, Jenna has volunteered to help coach young field hockey players through USAFH and is now a USAFH Level 1 Coach. Currently an assistant coach at Shadyside Academy, she has helped the varsity team win 4 WPIAL championships in her four years with the team.

     

    E-mail: Jenna@pittsburghfieldhockey.com

    Carolyn Sloss,

    Carolyn started her hockey career in the 7th grade. During her high school career in Lancaster PA, she participated in 2 state championships. She was the co-captain for her senior year and tied for the AAA state championship. She also participated in club field hockey during high school and won the National club championship as well as winning her pool in the NIT twice. She went on to play field hockey at Kent State University her freshman year of college where they won the MAC championship. She previously coached at the Nook for two years before moving to Pittsburgh. She is currently the middle school field hockey coach at Mt. Lebanon school district.

     

    E-mail: Carolyn@pittsburghfieldhockey.com

    Goaltender Coach

    Kirsten Rambo,

    Kirsten Rambo began her commitment to field hockey her freshmen year at Mt. Lebanon High school. Where she received a WPIAL All Star Honorable Mention her senior year. She was the original goalie for the Pittsburgh Venom Field Hockey Club and was recruited to play Division II at Mercyhurst University. Where she played all four years and was a co captain her senior year. She played internationally in Argentina with both her university and Argentine teams. She has been coaching now for five years going on her sixth this season.

    E-Mail: Rambo@pittsburghfieldhockey.com

    NCAA ALUMNI

     

    CLASS OF 2023

    Division I

    Ava Hershberger - Ohio State University

     

    CLASS OF 2022

    Division I

    Thea Conomikes - Richmond University

    Division II

    Lauren Kampi - Millersville University

    Division III

    Maddy Keenan - Allegheny College

    Ilona Bender - Bryn Mawr College

    Zoe Woon - Bryn Mawr College

    Leah Mouganis - Concordia University

    Maddy Holmes - Roanoak College

    Grayson Honig - Rochester University

    Abby Fagersten - Swarthmore College

     

    CLASS OF 2021

    Division I

    Emma Barlett - Bellermine University

    Delaney Lentz - Lindenwood University

    Gwen Hershberger - Ohio University

    Division III

    Fiona Kortyna - St. Marys College

    Lauren Ghil - Swarthmore College

    Sofia Bovino - Sweetbriar College

    Julianna Paronish - Washington & Jefferson College

     

     

    CLASS OF 2020

    Division III

    Salena Paronish - Elizabethtown College

    Andreana Hardin - Mount Holyoke College

    Georgia Eson - University of New England

     

    CLASS OF 2019

    Division I

    Greta Schratz - St. Francis

    Division III

    Alora Sharon - Christopher Newport University

    Maura Farinelli - Gettysburg College

    Kaylie Melnick - Seton Hill University

     

    CLASS OF 2018

    Division III

    Sarah Metzmaier - Kenyon College

    Emma Jorgensen - Seton Hill University

     

    CLASS OF 2017

    Division I

    Samara Schratz - Ohio University & St. Francis

    Division III

    Kelly Bergman - Bryn Mawr College

    Sam Swentosky - Denison University

    Sammi Pavlecic - Wooster College

     

    CLASS OF 2016

    Division III

    Paige Haenig – Ohio Wesleyan University

    Maralie Van Dyk – Mercyhurst University

    Brighid Kortyna – Wittenberg University

     

    CLASS OF 2015

    Division I

    Natalie Frost – Drexel University

     

    CLASS OF 2013

    Division I

    Emily Humiston – Providence University

    Kylie Luke – Robert Morris University

    Division III

    Sam Moore – Salisbury University

     

    CLASS OF 2012

    Division I

    Courtney Schratz – Robert Morris University

    Micky Saperstein – St. Joseph’s University

    Division III

    Kirsten Rambo – Mercyhurst University

    Kiley Morgan – Seton Hill University

     

    CLASS OF 2011

    Division I

    Julia Guthrie – Davidson College


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