Staff
Camp Director
Tess Ellis

After her first five years as William & Mary's head field hockey coach, Tess Ellis has led the Tribe to a renaissance. She is beginning her 23rd season at W&M in three stints since 1993, most recently rejoining the Tribe as an assistant coach in 2010 and being promoted to Associate Head Coach in May of 2011. Ellis was promoted to head coach just prior to the 2013 season, and has a five-year record of 44-52 (.458) and 17-13 (.567) in the CAA.

In 2017, Ellis was named the National Coach of the Year by SynapseSports.com after guiding W&M toa 13-7 record and a No. 19 national ranking. The Tribe had a 3.5 game turnaround from 2016, sixth-best in the NCAA that season, and tied for second-best in school history behind only the 1986 team and matching the 1995 team. After opening the year 5-1, including a 1-0 road upset of No. 7 Michigan, W&M moved into the national rankings, and would stay there for the next nine polls, the longest ranked period for the Tribe since 2001, and the first time since 2004 appearing in the season's final national poll. W&M would go on to finish 13-7, the most wins since that 2004 season, and reached the CAA Championship game for the first time since 2002 and just the third time ever.

In her first two years, Ellis was named CAA Coach of the Year each season, becoming just the third coach in league history to earn the award more than once alongside former Tribe mentor Peel Hawthorne and nine-time NCAA Champion coach Beth Anders. Along with Anders, Ellis was the second coach in CAA history to win the award back-to-back seasons. W&M has been successful in the classroom as well, earning a pair of NCAA Public Recognition Awards, and achieving a 100% Federal and NCAA graduation rate in both 2015-16 and 2016-17. As a whole, W&M has earned the NFHCA Team Academic Award every year, and individually, Taylor Hodge '14 was named the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2013 and both Hodge and Olivia Hajek '17 were elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

The individual playing honors have also accumulated at an ever-increasing rate. Erin Menges '18 was named CAA Defensive Player of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, becoming just the second player in league history to win that award multiple times. She ranked top-10 in the NCAA with five defensive saves as a junior in 2016, improving to third in the nation with six defensive saves as a senior. Menges was also named to the Team USA National Developmental Squad in the summer of 2017, the first national team bid for W&M since 2012 and just the third ever. Menges finished her career as the first W&M player ever to be named to all four CAA league teams, earning all-rookie honors in 2014, second-team in 2016, first-team in 2017, and all-tournament team mention in both 2016 and 2017. The recruiting class of 2016, just two years into their careers, have also set new standards for achievement, with Christie van de Kamp '20 being named to the 2017-18 Team USA U21 team and Annie Snead '20 was named alternate to the same squad. MaxFieldHockey.com had rated that whole seven-player recruiting class as one of the six-best in the nation. In all, Tribe players over the last five years have earned nine first-team All-CAA, eight second-team, eight all-rookie, and nine CAA All-Tournament team honors, as well as eight all-region nods from the NFHCA.

Ellis previously served at W&M for eight years as first assistant from 1993-2000, and another six years as volunteer assistant coach from 2003-08. From 2000-2003, Ellis served as the head coach of the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Under-21 and Under-23 National teams, as well as coaching the U.S. in the 2001 Junior World Cup and as an assistant coach with the National Senior team. During her time with the national Olympic program, Tess helped Head Coach Tracey Belbin develop the first Olympic residency program in Virginia Beach. Her duties with the program included daily training programs for both field players and goalies, and she had the privilege to train legendary U.S. keepers Peggy Storrar and Amy Tran.

An internationally experienced player, coach, and clinician, Ellis has been afforded many opportunities to travel the globe through her work in advancing the sport of field hockey. Other accomplishments over the years include training and traveling with the U.S. Olympic Team in the run up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, as well as coaching many junior travel teams. Tess has also served in a coaching and directors role for many U.S. development camps and in the USFHA Futures program.

Ellis was also a member of the Australian National Indoor team for eight years, and was on the Australia National Under-21 squad. She represented her state of New South Wales for 11 years in both indoor and outdoor field hockey. In 1993, Ellis founded the Williamsburg-based Colonial Field Hockey Club.

Associate Head Coach
Mark Egner

Mark Egner begins his fourth year at William & Mary in 2018, and first as Associate Head Coach after earning the promotion in February of 2018. On the field, Egner coordinates the Tribe defense, while also helping with all administrative and recruiting duties for W&M's nationally-recognized program.

Egner recently completed his third year as an assistant coach for W&M, a span in which the Tribe has improved its win total every year from 7-12 in 2015 to 9-10 in 2016, and 13-7 in 2017. This most recent campaign also saw the Tribe appear in the national rankings in each of the last nine polls, including a No. 19 ranking in the final poll of the season. W&M's 13 wins were the most since 2004, and its 1.95 GAA (goals-allowed average) was the best since 2012 and the fourth-straight year of improving goals-allowed and save percentage (up to .727, best since 2009). The results on the field included a 1-0 road upset of then-No. 7 Michigan, the last loss the Wolverines suffered until the NCAA Semifinals, as well as a 3-2 road win over Old Dominion that was the first for W&M since 1977. The Tribe also beat No. 15 James Madison in the CAA Semifinals to reach the conference championship game for the first time since 2002, and just the third time ever.

Individually, Erin Menges '18 capped her career with back-to-back CAA Defensive Player of the Year honors, becoming just the second player in conference history to accomplish that feat. She was also named first-team All-Region, All-CAA, and All-State as a senior. Booter Ellis '18 was a three-time All-CAA honoree along the defensive line, and Christie van de Kamp '20 was named to the 2018 Team USA U21 Junior National Team.

Before coming to W&M, Egner was an assistant coach for two years at Longwood. With the Lancers, he was responsible for assisting with all program aspects including practice, academics, recruiting, and clinics. He helped Longwood improve its defense into the nation's top 50 in 2014, and recruited Longwood's top overall female rookie of the year for 2014-15. He has served as a clinician and camp staff for field hockey camps both in Europe and in the U.S. since 2008, including at VCU, North Carolina, Princeton, W&M, and Longwood.

Egner has also worked for USA Field Hockey for the past several years, serving as coach, site director, and selector for the Futures program in the state of Virginia. That includes working with several levels of athletes in the high school and collegiate ranks, identifying and training athletes who are the path to joining Team USA squads. He also helped coach the U19 Junior National Team on a tour of Germany in the spring of 2016, and has coached at the Young Women's National Championships each of the past two summers. In March of 2018, he again traveled with the U19 team on a competition tour of Ireland.

Prior to coming across the pond to coach in the U.S., Egner spent four years as a coach in his native Ireland. He was an assistant coach and video coordinator with the Irish Hockey Association's U-18 and Senior National teams in 2012, before becoming the head coach at the Fermoy Hockey Club. Egner also served turns as head and assistant coach of the U18 women's program for the Munster Hockey Association in Munster, Ireland, selecting and training 18-20 athletes each year for the national team selection tournament.

Egner earned his Bachelor's of Education from the Church of Ireland College of Education in 2009, and completed the same degree with Honors the following year at Trinity College Dublin. In 2015, he coached a U-19 team from the Richmond area to third place at the National Indoor Championships, and led Railway Union to the Irish Junior Cup title in 2011. Egner was also nominated for the Irish Hockey Association's "Coach of the Year" in 2013. He is currently pursuing an MSc in Performance Coaching from the University of Stirling in Scotland.

Assistant Coach
Martu Loncarica

Martina Loncarica begins her first season at William & Mary in 2017 as assistant coach. Loncarica brings four years of coaching experience to W&M, and will be responsible helping with all on- and off-field aspects of running the Tribe's nationally-recognized program.

Loncarica comes to Williamsburg after spending the past two years in Philadelphia, coaching at both the youth and collegiate levels while also pursuing her second Master's degree. She spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as a volunteer assistant at St. Joseph's, working with all the athletes but especially the midfielders, and also serving as the team nutritionist. Loncarica was also the panner and manager of the on-campus camps and clinics as well as alumni outreach efforts, while also beginning her MBA program and serving as a graduate assistant for undergraduate accounting classes. Beyond St. Joe's, Loncarica also founded and coached at a number of youth field hockey clinics, partnering with a local secondary school to develop and promote field hockey as an activity option for children in the Philadelphia Area. She also had the opportunity to attend the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in the process of continuing her coaching education.

Before moving down to Philadelphia, Loncarica spent six years in Syracuse, N.Y., first as a standout player for the Big Orange, and then as the team Director of Operations and nutritionist for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In her professional role, she was responsible for all aspects of team travel and nutrition counseling, will also helping with alumni outreach and fundraising. During her undegraduate career, Loncarica was a three-time All-American for Syracuse, and helped the Big Orange to three Big East tournament titles and four NCAA Tournament Appearances, including the 2008 Final Four. She graduated as top scorer in school history with 139 points (37g, 65a) and still ranks second all-time, and still holds the all-time record with 65 career assists.

Loncarica graduated from Syracuse in December of 2011 with her degree in nutrition, and added a Master's of Science in the same field in 2015. She is currently finishing up her MBA from St. Joseph's with a projected completion date of 2018. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Loncarica now resides in Williamsburg.

Confirmed coaching staff:
Iain Byers - Head Coach - Longwood University - MAC Conference
Danielle Baumgardner - Head Coach - Saint Louis University - A10 Conference
Kerry Kiddoo - Asst Coach - Appalachian State University - MAC Conference
Meaghan Neylon - Asst Coach - University of Richmond - A10 Conference
Jacki Bolt - Asst Coach - Liberty University - Big East Conference
Taylor Herold - Asst Coach - Longwood University - MAC Conference
Chris Comiskey - Head Coach - Electic Surge Field Hockey Club
Annie Zinkavich - Head Coach - Panthers United Field Hockey Club