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Meet the FC United Coaching Staff
 

DIRECTOR/COACH:

Kelly Vegliante

  • National Field Hockey Coaches Associations Junior Field Hockey Coach of the Year.
  • Founding member and Director of Fairfield County United Field Hockey Club
  • USA Field Hockey Certified Coach - Level 1
  • State of Connecticut Coaching Accreditation
  • 4 year starting midfielder and defenseman at Villanova University ( D1)
  • Captain of the Villanova Field Hockey team
  • Director/Coach of the Darien Youth Field Hockey Program
  • Founder and Director of the Fairfield County Field Hockey Associate
  • Volunteer Assistant Coach at Fairfield University (D1)
  • Darien High School Assistant Varsity Field Hockey Coach

 

FOUNDING MEMBER:

Manzar Iqbal

Field Hockey Hall of Fame inductee 2016.

  • Life Time member of USFHA since 1992
  • Played on the United States Men’s National Team from 1977-1991
  • Captain of the 1984 United States National Team and participated in the Los Angeles Olympic Games
  • Participated in four Pan American Games: 1979, 1983, 1987, 1991
  • Assisted Men’s coach at the first Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, Germany in 2002
  • Coach of the US Indoor tour of Germany and Austria in 2004
  • Assistant coach on the 2001 and 2005 Pan Am Indoor teams
  • Graduated 1982 from UC Berkeley BS in Political Science
  • Member of the 2014 United States Men’s Master's National Team; competed in the Master’s Tournament in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Head Coach at Fairfield County United Field Hockey Club

 

FOUNDING  CO-DIRECTOR:

 

Kara Zappone-Velez

  • Head coach - Sienna College (D1)

  • Assistant Coach - Fairfield University (D1)

  •  Co-Founder of FC United Field Hockey Club 

  • US Field Hockey Level 2 coaching certification

  • University of Iowa forward and midfielder

  • Team captain at University of Iowa

    • Masters Degree from Fairfield University

    • CT state certified elementary education teacher 

 

Coaches:

Marq Mellor

  • 1996 Olympic Squad Member
  • United States Men's National Team from 1988-1997  (Captain 1993-1996)
  • Two time Bronze Medalist at the Pan American Games (1991 & 1995)
  • 1988 Player of the Year- US Field Hockey Program
  • Three time National Club Champion with Men's Field Hockey Club 

 

Olivia Vegliante -

  • Division 1 player - Villanova University
  • Founding member of FC United Field Hockey Club
  • USA Futures member 2006, 2007
  • DFHA Coach
  • CT  ALL STATE Player
  • FCIAC First Team Player
  • 2007 CT State Champion - Darien HS;  Semi - finalists 2006
  • 2007 FCIAC Champion - Darien HS;  Semi - finalist 2006
  • 2007 CT Team of the Year
  • 2007  Darien HS Captain

Steve Dennis

 

Tori Fairchild

 

Cat  Fowler

 

Berat Isalami

 

Wendy Massaro

GOALIE COACHES:

Jaime Brower

Robyn Spivey

Caitlin Bennett

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STUDENT COACHES:

Shannon Doherty  

  • Fairfield University D1 Player

  • MAAC Championship 2017

  • All State - Long Island

  • All County, All Suffolk County Player

  • DFHA Coach 2016 - Present

  • Finance & International Business Major - Fairfield University.

 
Hannah Pike
  • Player in England for Bowdon Hightown- English Investec Premier League 2 years
  • Player First Team at Loughborough University- BUCS and Saturday league x 3 years-2 Silver Medals!
  • Player for England, U16 and U18, captain of both
  • U21 Development Squad player
  • Division 1 - Fairfield University player, Team was 2nd in MAAC Championship 2016

 

TRAINERS:

Wesley James    

PJ Johns