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 has been coaching field hockey at various levels for over 20 years.
Sandy played at the University of Virginia for 4 years and was captain in her fourth year. In 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 from UVA, Sandy 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. Throughout the years, Sandy has coached at numerous camps and events around the country, including Junior Olympics, Duke University, University of Virginia, and William & Mary. Sandy served as the Regional Site Director for USA Futures program for 4 years. Sandy has received her U.S. Field Hockey Association Level II Coaching Certification in 2013.
Sandy's 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. Sandy hopes to be able to see her present players reach their hockey dreams and to go to another Olympics to see them play.
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. Following college, Nicole spent 3 years on the USA Senior National Indoor Team.
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 U.S. Field Hockey Association Level II Coaching Certification 2015. She is the RTC Site Director for the US Futures program in Region 8 and has selected to coach at the National Futures Championship and Junior Olympics multiple times.
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.
U16 & U19 Coach
Leah Crouse is a Virginia Beach native and was a two sport athlete at Frank W. Cox High School. Leah played for TCOYO Hockey for 6 years and is a current player at Duke University and was recently named to the USA Women's National Team.
Playing Experience :
2012-2014 : Great Neck Middle School Field Hockey Team
2013-2018 : TCOYO Hockey
2014-2018 : Varsity Frank W. Cox Field Hockey Team
2018-present : Duke University Field Hockey Team
2021 - USA Women's National Team
Brooke Gasser is a Virginia Beach native and was a two sport athlete at First Colonial High School. Brooke played for TCOYO Hockey for 6 years and is a current player at Columbia University.
Playing Experience :
2012-2013 : Independence Middle School Field Hockey Team
2014 : Great Neck Middle School Field Hockey Team
2013-2018 : TCOYO Hockey
2014-2018 : Varsity First Colonial Field Hockey Team
2018-present : Columbia University Field Hockey Team
Brooke was a volunteer assistant coach at Lynnhaven Middle School from 2014-2018. During her time home in the Fall of 2020, she assisted the First Colonial Varsity and Junior Varsity teams to the RTC Recreational League Championship in their respective divisions. Brooke has also coached for TCOYO Hockey since the summer of 2020.
Playing - My proudest hockey moment, from playing, was scoring my first collegiate assist in the first game of the 2018 season (my freshman year).
Coaching - My proudest hockey moment, from coaching, was my U19 team placing first in their pool at the first tournament I coached.
Kristina Geisler is a Virginia Beach native and was a two sport athlete at Kempsville High School where is graduated in 2014. Kristina played for TCOYO Hockey for 6 years where she played for Sandy and Nicole.
Kristina went on to play 4 years at Lynchburg College where she majored in Nursing. Kristina's college career started on a strong note with 3 starts and 8 appearances her freshman before having a season ending injury. During her sophomore and junior years, Kristina was a key player off the bench appear in every games as a midfielder with a defensive emphasis. Her senior year (2016), she stepped into a starting role as an enforcer on the Lynchburg defense, starting all 20 contests.
Kristina has been coaching with TCOYO Hockey for the past 4 years.
Kristina is currently a Registered Nurse at Sentara Leigh Hospital.
Lindsay started playing field hockey in the 6th grade and played all the way to the 12th grade on varsity. Throughout high school she played club and travel for TCOYO. Lindsay then went on to play four years of Division 1 field hockey at James Madison University. After she completed her four years of NCAA eligibility she played a semester on the JMU Club Team.
Throughout college, Lindsay was able to coach kids from the Harrisonburg community in the JMU youth program called Purple Pups. She also helped with summer camps at JMU where she was given her own team to coach throughout the weekend tournaments. Lindsay also helped out at Bishop Sullivan and Norfolk Collegiate High School teams. Lindsay's most recent coaching employment was with Koa Sports based out of Rockville Maryland, where she coach the U14 & U16 Developmental teams.
Tallying two goals at St. Joseph's off of a corner that my team and I had been working very hard to execute. After scoring, celebrating by jumping into the air with my twin sister and capturing that moment on camera!
Kate Atwood is a native of Schnecksville, Pa and was a two sport athlete at Allentown Central Catholic. Kate is a Social Working in Virginia Beach and currently provides private and semi-private goalkeeper lessons at Vault Athletics & Fitness.
Kate is a graduate of the University of Connecticut in 2016 receiving her bachelor’s in sociology. After receiving a partial scholarship from UConn to play field hockey, Guarini was a part of four consecutive Big East Championship teams and helped the Huskies win two NCAA Division I National Championships in 2013 and 2014. Kate was named a Big East All-Academic team member in 2014 and 2015 as well as making the Athletic Director’s honor roll.
In addition to playing field hockey, she was a four-year member of the UConn Women’s Club Ice Hockey team.
Guarini coached at DeSales University in 2017 as the goalkeepers coach while pursuing her masters’ degree in social work from Marywood University.
Melissa Katz is a native of Tinton Falls, N.J and was a three sport athlete at Monmouth Regional High School. Melissa is a Design Manager at The Port of Virginia and currently provides private and semi-private goalkeeper lessons in Virginia Beach.
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.
Katz has been a TCOYO goal keeper coach since 2013. She coached at the Division 1 level at American University for 2 seasons, from 2011-2012. Prior to American she coached internationally in Dublin, Ireland for 5 months. In spring 2013 she coached at Monmouth University and in 2014 she coached the goal keepers at Longwood during preseason. Katz was a USA Futures goal keeper coach from 2007-2019. In January 2012, she received her US Field Hockey Association Level II Coaching Certification.
Her proudest hockey moments have all been seeing her goalies succeed and thrive on and off the field. She is very proud that all of the goalies she has coached with TCOYO who wanted to continue playing in college have started and found success their freshman year of college. She graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design and a bachelor of arts in photography.
Playing Experience :
2017-2019 : TCOYO Hockey
2015-2019 : Varsity Grafton Field Hockey Team
2019-2020 : American University Field Hockey Team
2021-present : Old Dominion University Field Hockey Team
Fiona has coached for TCOYO Hockey since the summer of 2019.
Marisa Miro is a native of Bushkill, Pa and was first athlete in East Stroudsburg North history to play Division I field hockey. She was two-time team captain for three different sports: field hockey, softball and swimming at East Stroudsburg North and was a scholar athlete recipient in softball and field hockey. Marisa currently provides private and semi-private lessons at Vault Athletics & Fitness.
After graduating from East Stroudsburg North, Marisa spent 1 season at Iowa University before transferring back home to East Stroudsburg University where she graduated in 2015. While at East Stroudsburg, Marisa was a starting forward that won PSAC and NCAA DII championship in 2015.
Marisa has been a member of the Puerto Rican National Team since 2012 and played with the Big Apple Hockey Club (NYC, New York) - 2013-2015 & 2017- 2019.
Prior to moving to Virginia Beach in 2019, Marisa coached for Marojoka Field Hockey Club from 2013-2016 where she was the assistant coach to Martin Romeril and with Cape Cod Field Hockey Club from 2016-2019.
Marisa is also a USA Field Hockey Certified Official and has a Master's in Exercise Physiology.
Kristyna Oyola is a Virginia Beach native and was a three sport athlete at the Salem High School. She was coached by TCOYO Director Sandy Szilassy at Salem and played 2 years for TCOYO Hockey.
Nicole graduated from Newberry College in 2020 where she was a 4 year starter. While at Newberry, Kristyna earned multiple honors including ECAC Rookie of the week (2016), ECAC All-Tournament team (2017), Offensive player of the week (2019), and SAC All-Conference 1st team (2019).
Kristyna is in her first year coaching with TCOYO Hockey and is enjoying every moment!
Kristyna is currently a teacher at Salem High School.
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.
Taylor was a four year starter 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 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.
Taylor currently works at Sinnen-Green & Associates
Dave van Twuijver is a native of the Netherlands having moved to the United States summer of 2020 with his family. He has played field hockey since he was 5 years old and is looking to be a practice player at Old Dominion University next Fall.
Dave started playing for "SMHC Magnus", 3 years with "HBCuraçao", "SMHC Magnus" for 4 years again, and 1 year with "AMHC Alkmaar" before being promoted to "HV de Terriërs" for 1 year. His last two clubs were promotions for him personally with his last year being the best team he has ever played with.
Dave coached the U14 boys and U10 girls at "SMHC Magnus" in the Netherlands prior to moving to the United States with his family. Dave is currently the assistant coach for the varsity field hockey team at Norfolk Collegiate School and has been coaching with TCOYO since Fall 2020.
Dave favorite hockey memory is earning a spot on the "HV de Terriërs' top boys team and going unbeaten and didn't draw during his last outdoor season finishing first place in "1e Klasse". They also finished 3rd as "HV de Terriërs" during his last indoor season in "Subtopklasse". He was Captain in his last year at "SMHC Magnus" in the 2017-2018 season.
Cole Werkheiser, son of the infamous Mary Werkheiser, is a Virginia Beach native graduating from Norfolk Academy in 2009.
Prior to attending JMU, Cole competed at the Men’s Junior National Championships for selection onto the US Men’s National team.
Cole served as practice player and 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 JMU (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. Cole received his U.S. Field Hockey Association Level I Coaching Certification while helping coach multiple college summer camps and clinics. His proudest moments as a coach include winning several National tournaments and encouraging the girls that play for him to reach their full potential.
Outside of field hockey, Cole works at Pembroke Realty Group as a sales and leasing associate specializing in commercial real estate. He also is active in our community and works with several non-profits including the Vibe Creative District, Hampton Roads Pride and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.
Mallory Wolf is a Virginia Beach native and was a two sport athlete at the Salem High School. She was coached by TCOYO Director Sandy Szilassy at Salem and played club for the Beach Hawks.
Beach Premier Field Hockey Club 2011 - 2016
Lynnhaven Middle School 2011 - 2012
Salem High School 2012 -2016
Appalachian State University 2016 - 2017
Millersville University 2017 - 2018
Old Dominion University Club Team 2018-2020
Coaching Experience :
Virginia Beach Field Hockey League 2012 - 2016
TCOYO 2018 - Present
USA Futures Coach 2020 - Present
Coaching Certifications :
USA Futures Level 1 Coach
VHSL/NFHCA Certified Official
"My proudest hockey moment would definitely be my game against East Stroudsburg when I played at Millersville. It was an overtime win. Defensively it was the toughest game of hockey I ever played both physically and mentally. We had multiple players injured. It was the best game of hockey I had ever played and a win I will always remember.
This moment ties in with my coaching philosophy. I remind our players constantly to "control the controllables". We cannot change how physical a team is, how the officials manage a game, the weather or even how their teammates are playing. I am all for accountability, but I also believe our players should be focused on themselves and what they can do to better their play rather than what others should do for them. If everyone does their job, we will be successful. I am a very competitive person and want to win. However, I want our players to take their determination, hustle and motivation and apply it in the real world. That is my ultimate goal as a coach is to build long lasting relationships with these players and help them build their character and skill all while enjoying the game. I want them to carry these skills beyond the field hockey field/court. I try to build relationships with these players in order to build trust and keep open communication. I am here for them on and off the field. I believe in them and know what each and everyone of my players is capable of. My expectations are high, but manageable as to what they are capable of. I truly love this sport, the TCOYO staff and our talented players. "