Meet Our Coaching Staff

Sandy Szilassy is a native of Richmond, Virginia and was a four sport athlete at the Steward School. She was inducted into the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame at her high school in 2015.

 

Sandy played at the University of Virginia for 4 years and was captain in her fourth year. At her tenure at UVA, her team made 3 NCAA appearances and was consistently ranked in the top 15. Sandy continues to rank second for defensive saves in the UVA field hockey history books. After graduating UVA, she went on to become an assistant coach at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.  She assisted the head coach for the varsity squad and was also responsible for the JV program that posted an 11-0-1 record in her initial season.  She has coached field hockey at both Bayside and Salem High Schools in Virginia Beach and continues to teach at Salem High School.

She received her Level II Coaching Accreditation from USFHA in 2013. She is a head coach and selector for the US Futures program in Region 8 and was selected to coach at the National Futures Championship and Junior Olympics.

Her proudest hockey moment was watching her previous player Caroline Nichols out on the pitch at the Beijing Olympics and the watching both Caroline Nichols and Shannon Taylor at the London Olympics.  Her ambition is to train and educate as many players as she can in a positive and supportive environment.  She hopes to be able to see her present players reach their hockey dreams and to go to another Olympics to see them play.

Co-Founder & Director

Mary has taught Lower School Physical Education at Norfolk Academy since 1989. She is a 1984 graduate of Lock Haven University, having earned a degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. While at Lock Haven, Ms. Werkheiser was a two-sport athlete in field hockey and lacrosse and competed on two national championship field hockey teams.  

 

She is currently the girls’ varsity field hockey coach at Norfolk Academy and outside of school is involved with club field hockey and U.S. field hockey. The NA Field Hockey team has won Tidewater Conference (TCIS) championships for four straight years and the state championship for three out of the past four years. The 2018 team had an unbeaten season with 24 wins and was ranked second in the nation among public and private schools.  

 

She was named U.S. Coach of the Year by Top of the Circle, and has received countless Coach of the Year accolades from TCIS  and VISAA.

Co-Founder & Director

Nicole Morgan is a Virginia Beach native and was a four sport athlete at the Salem High School. She was coached by TCOYO Director Sandy Szilassy at Salem and for club with Spartan Elite.

Nicole graduated from Appalachian State University where she was first team all-NorPac honoree and led the Mountaineers in points, goals and game-winning goals in her senior year.  She was named NorPac Offensive Player of the Week countless times through her collegiate career. 

Nicole currently is the currently the head coach at Kellam High School and Princess Anne Middle School. She coaches at Princess Anne High School and Lynnhaven Middle School from 2016 - 2018. She previously worked for 5 seasons at Virginia Wesleyan College where she was the programs tactical director and strength and conditioning coach.

Nicole received her Level II Coaching Accreditation from USFHA in 2015. She is a head coach for the US Futures program in Region 8 and has selected to coach at the National Futures Championship and Junior Olympics.

She is also the Program Director for Beyond the Net Training at Vault Athletics & Fitness. The program focuses on tactical skill development with the integration of injury prevention, speed training, strength and conditioning techniques. She also does private and semi-private lessons year round. 

Melissa is currently a private GK Coach in Virginia Beach. Katz was the goal keeper coach at Longwood College for preseason 2014 & coached at Monmouth University as a Goal Keeper Coach in the Spring of 2013. Katz coached at American University for 2 years from 2011-2012. In January 2012, she received her U.S. Field Hockey Association Level II Coaching Certification.
 

Katz was a four-year letter winner at Monmouth University where she started 60 games in the cage. As a senior she was named Second Team All-NEC and to the NEC All-Tournament Team after registering a 1.38 GAA and helping the Hawks to the conference championship match. She finished her senior campaign with a 15-5 overall record including six shutouts and was named Monmouth’s Female Athlete of the Year. The Hawks’ 15 wins in 2010 marked the most in program history.Katz was a member of the 2010 New Jersey Senior High Performance Team and played for one of the top level clubs in Ireland in the spring of 2011, serving as both player and coach for Railway Union FHC. Following college, Katz competed in National Women's High Performance Championships, Mid-Atlantic 2012 and New Jersey 2010. She also played for top club in Ireland 2011-Railway Union, competing in EuroHockey Club Championships.

She graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design and a bachelor of arts in photography.

Goalkeeping Coach

Taylor Rhea was the Assistant Coach at Cox High School from 2015-2016. Prior to coaching at Cox, Taylor spent the 2014 season as the assistant coach at Appalachian State University after spending four seasons as a forward/midfielder at Wake Forest University. Taylor ended a decorated career with the 15th ranked Demon Deacons in 2013, earning a spot on the 2013 All-South Region Second Team and was a participant in the 2013 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I senior game.While at Wake, Taylor was named Atlantic Coast Conference Playing of the Week and guided her team to the NCAA tournament. She also ranks in the top-five in the ACC in goals score, goals per game, and points per game. During her senior year she tallied all career highs with 38 total points, comprising of 17 goals and four assists.


Taylor is a Virginia Beach native, starred at Frank W. Cox high school. She guided her team to four-consecutive Group AAA state championships. As a senior, Rhea was named Virginia State Player of the Year, Tidewater Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year, and District Player of the Year. She was selected as a First Team High School All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as a senior.

U16 / U19 Coach

Cole Werkheiser, son of the infamous Mary Werkheiser, served as volunteer assistant coach for the James Madison University field hockey program for four and a half years while earning his bachelor of business administration in marketing from the university (2009-2013). In 2010, he was the co-coach of the JMU Club Field Hockey team that went undefeated and won the National Field Hockey League National Championship.  Cole also co-coached the JMU Club Team in 2012 and brought the team to the Final 4. Prior to college, Cole competed at the Men’s Junior National Championships for selection onto the US Men’s National team. He continues to play at all levels of competition while earning his USFHA Level 1 coaching accreditation. He continues to work numerous collegiate camps in the summer, which has helped his name remain strong in the hockey community as many coaches identify our Werkie as Cole’s mom.

U16 / U19 Coach

Played at Lynchburg College, 2014 - 2018

Graduated from Kempsville High School in 2014

TCOYO Alum

U12 / U14 Coach

Anna Huddleston is the Athletics Director of Star of the Sea and a Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC.

U10 / U12 / U14  Coach

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U12 / U14 Coach

Casey Werkheiser, daughter of infamous Mary Werkheiser, is currently the middle school coach at Norfolk Academy. Casey played her collegiate hockey at Limestone College where she was a 4 year starter earning all ECAC conference honors, NFHCA Senior All Star and Synapse DII All American First Team.  Casey is one of the original TCOYO players, playing on the first NIT U19 team.  She also played her freshmen year in high school under our fearless leader, Sandy Szilassy at Salem High School.

U10 / U12 / U14 Coach

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U12 Coach

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