Pam and John Stuper began World Class Sports to encourage, build, and grow young athletes. To see complete bios please go to the STAFF page.
A member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame who has been part of four NCAA Championship teams, Pam enters her 14th year as head coach at Yale. She led the Bulldogs to an Ivy Championship in 2011 - the school’s first in over 30 years, with a school record 69 goals. The championship came as part of a remarkable run of success for the Bulldogs led by this 2009 NFHCA Coach of the Year. As an assistant at Yale, Stuper helped guide the Bulldogs to three ECAC Championships in eight seasons.
A 1992 graduate of Old Dominion and member of the ODU Hall of Fame, Pam was part of three national championship teams and a two-time All-American for the Monarchs. Prior to Yale, she was an assistant coach at James Madison from 1993-1995, helping the Dukes with the NCAA Championship in 1994. She and the team were inducted into the JMU Hall of Fame in 2014.
Pam played on the U.S. National Team for nine years, participating in three World Cups (1990, 1994, and 1998), one Pan American Game (1995) and two Champion’s Trophy Tournaments (1995, 1997). She was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team, earned a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games and a bronze medal in the 1994 World Cup.
Pam received her B.S. in Health and Physical Education from ODU in 1992 and her M.S. in Exercise Science with an emphasis in sports psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2008. Along with other hall of fame honors, Pam was inducted into the Connecticut Field hockey Hall of Fame – alongside one of her former assistant coaches at Yale, UConn All-American Abby Ostruzka.
In her 21 years at Yale, Pam has worked with all lines on the field, but will predominantly coach the forwards and attackers during the 2018 campaign as Mary Beth Barham ’13 (Volunteer Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator) earned a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team and is in full time residency in Lancaster, PA.
John Stuper has been the Head Coach of Yale Baseball for the past twenty-four years, guiding the Bulldogs to two Ivy Championships. Prior to that he enjoyed a successful career as a player in the Major Leagues. He is best known for his time as a St Louis Cardinal, as he helped that club win the World Championship in 1982. His complete game 4-hitter in the 6th game (a 13-1 win) enabled the Redbirds to reach the 7th game, where they triumphed over the Milwaukee Brewers and became baseball’s champs. Sports Illustrated dubbed his performance in that crucial 6th game as one of the top ten performances by a rookie in the history of post-season play.
Mary Beth Barham is the Assistant Camp Director. Mary Beth graduated from Yale in 2013, where she was selected for both All-Ivy and All-Region awards and was a part of the Ivy League Championship team in 2011. Mary Beth returned to New Haven in 2015 to join the Yale field hockey staff. Mary Beth played for the Indoor National Team from 2015-2018, where she most recently represented the USA at the Indoor World Cup. She was recently named to the Women's National Team and joined the team in December 2017.
Kirsten (KO) joined the Yale staff in February of 2018 and brings eight years of coaching experience – including roles with USA Field Hockey – to Yale. Her collegiate coaching experience includes a stint as the goalkeeping specialist for Davidson from 2014-2016 and assistant coach and goalkeeping specialist at Richmond from 2010-2014. At Davidson she helped the Wildcats’ goalie rank in the top 10 nationally for save percentage in 2015. She helped Richmond’s goalies lead the nation in save percentage in 2011 and 2013, developing a first team All-American in 2013 and helping their defense rank first nationally in goals-against average. She received a B.S. in Kinesiology, with a concentration in sports management and a minor in business, from James Madison in 2010. KO won three CAA Championships while playing for the Dukes.
A former Canadian National Team player and an All-American at Iowa, Jess enters her third season at Yale. Jess works extensively with the Bulldogs backfield and defense at Yale and has been instrumental in developing the team’s defensive unit which culminated in a winning season and two wins against nationally ranked opponents in 2017. She played for the Canadian team from 2012-2014, earning 41 international caps and a bronze medal at the Pan American Cup in 2013. Jess graduated from Iowa in 2013 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and minor in sports studies. She earned All-American honors her junior and senior year and was a three-time All-West Region, All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection. Prior to Yale, Jess spent the 2015 season as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater.
TJ received his B.S. in Nursing at Western Connecticut State University, while playing three years of soccer and one of rugby. After 5 years working as a cardiac/ICU nurse he received his M.S. in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University. TJ began teaching strength and conditioning there before interning with Yale Football in January 2017. In August of that year, he was hired by Yale and joined our field hockey staff as a full-time sports performance coach. TJ has been instrumental in the Bulldogs’ massive improvement in power, strength and explosiveness.