Pam Stuper
Pam Stuper
Title: Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey
Phone: 203-432-1479
Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
High School: Hempfield
Previous College: Old Dominion '92

Pam Stuper, a member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame who has been a part of four NCAA championship teams, enters her 10th year as head coach at Yale in 2014. She led the Bulldogs to an Ivy League championship in 2011 -- the school's first since 1980. The championship came as part of a remarkable run of success for the Bulldogs in recent years under Stuper, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. They have gone 24-11 in the Ivy League in the last five seasons, the second-best record in the league in that span. Yale finished the 2011 season with a school-record 69 goals, marking the sixth straight season the Bulldogs increased their goal total over the previous year.

In addition to the team accomplishments, Stuper has also coached numerous players to individual success -- including the 2011 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year (Erin Carter '12) and the 2010 Ivy League co-Rookie of the Year (Georgia Holland). Holland also earned a spot on the U.S. Under-21 Team for the 2012 Junior Pan American Games. Yale has had one All-American (third team), 16 All-Region selections (seven first team, nine second team) and 39 All-Ivy League selections (17 first team, 17 second team, five honorable mention) in her nine seasons at the helm. She was promoted to head coach in February of 2005 after eight years as an assistant at Yale.

Stuper’s teams also excel in the classroom. Yale has earned National Academic Team honors from the NFHCA in each of her seasons as head coach. She also has had multiple Academic All-Ivy League selections, a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner and a Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award honoree.

The team has also been active in the community under Stuper’s leadership, including work on the "Get a Grip" campaign to benefit the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation in honor of goalkeeper Ona McConnell '13, who has the disease. The team also assists with the annual marrow donor registration drive at Yale, which is held each spring in memory of Yale women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011) and her battle with cancer. Bulldog back Lexy Adams '13 was found to be a match for a patient in need of a life-saving transplant and donated stem cells in December 2010.

As an assistant at Yale, Stuper helped guide the Bulldogs to three ECAC Championships (1998, 2002 and 2003) in eight seasons. Prior to joining the Yale staff she was an assistant coach at James Madison from 1993-1995, helping the Dukes win the NCAA Championship in 1994.

A 1992 graduate of Old Dominion and member of the ODU Hall of Fame, Stuper was a key part of three national championship teams and was a two-time All-American for the Monarchs. She also was named GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1992.

Stuper is also involved with the game on an international level, and she currently serves as a member of the executive board for FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey, or International Hockey Federation), the international governing body for the sport of field hockey. She was elected to that position in the fall of 2010. In the fall of 2011 she was elected to the board of directors for the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF).

Stuper’s international experience dates back to her days as a player, as she was on the U.S. National Team for nine years. She participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998), one Pan American Games (1995) and two Champion's Trophy Tournaments (1995, 1997). She also was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Stuper earned a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games and a bronze in the 1994 World Cup. She added to her international experience by playing for the Amsterdam Ladies First Team, which was Dutch National League Top Division runner-up in 1996-1997.

In addition to her playing experience, Stuper also has significant experience in international competition at other levels. In 2007 she served as a manager for the U.S. National Team's Netherlands tour and at the Champions Challenge in Baku, Azerbaijan. She has been an assistant coach/manager for the U.S. Under-16/Under-17 team since 2008. Stuper traveled with the U-17 team to Holland Mar. 22-30 of 2013. She also worked with the team at the Easter Tournament in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

In 2010, Stuper earned a bronze with the U-17 team at the Youth Pan American Games in Montevideo, Uruguay. She has also served as manager for the National Team’s European Tour to Spain and England in 2010 and for the U-21 National Team at the Junior World Cup in Boston in 2009. In the summer of 2006 Stuper coached the U-19 U.S. team at the Can Am Games in Virginia Beach, Va.

Stuper was head coach of USA Field Hockey’s New England Junior High Performance team for 2011. She was an assistant coach for the New England Region from 2005 through 2009, and was an assistant for the North team in 2010. One of her Yale players, Holland, was selected for the Under-21 team for the 2013 National Championships. Stuper was an assistant coach for the New England/North team this year.

Stuper’s international experience also includes multiple trips abroad with the Yale team, including visits to Spain in 2013, Argentina in 2008, Italy and Greece (for the Olympic Games) in 2004 and the Netherlands in 2000.

Stuper served as Second Vice-President of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association from 2005-2008 and as Director of Curriculum & Development from 2009-2011. She was a member of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship Committee from 2009 to 2013 and served as the Athlete Sports Organization (ASO) Director on the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012. She served as Chair of the Board, a position she was elected to in 2011, until 2012.

Stuper received her master's degree in exercise science with an emphasis in sports psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2008. She resides with her husband, John, the Yale baseball coach, in Hamden. In addition to her USA Field Hockey and Old Dominion honors, she is also a member of the Hempfield High School Hall of Fame (Lancaster, Pa.). On May 5, 2012, she was inducted into the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. On Oct. 6, 2013, she was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame -- alongside one of her former assistant coaches at Yale, Abby Ostruszka.

Updated May 8, 2014

Yale Field Hockey Head Coach Victory Leaders
through 2013

  1. Pam Stuper 73
  2. Carla Hesler 54
  3. Ainslee Lamb 41
  4. Richard Kentwell 33
  5. Marisa Didio 27


Yale's All-American and All-Region Selections Under Head Coach Pam Stuper
2013 F Erica Borgo Second Team All-Region
  B Georgia Holland Second Team All-Region
2012 M/B Mary Beth Barham Second Team All-Region
2011 B Erin Carter First Team All-Region
  M Dinah Landshut Second Team All-Region
2010 M Dinah Landshut First Team All-Region
  B Erin Carter Second Team All-Region
2009 M Katie Cantore First Team All-Region
  F Ashley McCauley First Team All-Region
  M Dinah Landshut Second Team All-Region
2008 F Ashley McCauley Second Team All-Region
2007 F/M Harriet Thayer Third Team All-American
  F/M Harriet Thayer First Team All-Region
2006 M Lindsay Collins First Team All-Region
  F Harriet Thayer Second Team All-Region
2005 M/B Heather Orrico First Team All-Region
  M Lindsay Collins Second Team All-Region



Yale's All-Ivy Selections Under Head Coach Pam Stuper
2013 F Erica Borgo First Team All-Ivy
  B Georgia Holland First Team All-Ivy (unanimous)
  GK Heather Schlesier Second Team All-Ivy
  M Nicole Wells Second Team All-Ivy
2012 M/B Mary Beth Barham First Team All-Ivy
  F Erica Borgo First Team All-Ivy
  M Nicole Wells Second Team All-Ivy
2011 F Erica Borgo First Team All-Ivy
  B Erin Carter
Ivy Defensive Player of the Year
First Team All-Ivy (unanimous)
  M Georgia Holland First Team All-Ivy (unanimous)
  M Dinah Landshut First Team All-Ivy (unanimous)
  M Mary Beth Barham Second Team All-Ivy
  GK Emily Cain Second Team All-Ivy
  F Mia Rosati Second Team All-Ivy
2010 B Erin Carter First Team All-Ivy
  M Dinah Landshut First Team All-Ivy (unanimous)
  F Erica Borgo Second Team All-Ivy
  M/B Georgia Holland Second Team All-Ivy
2009 M Katie Cantore First Team All-Ivy
  F Ashley McCauley First Team All-Ivy
  M Dinah Landshut Second Team All-Ivy
  B Julia Weiser Second Team All-Ivy
  M/F Mary Beth Barham Honorable Mention All-Ivy
  B Erin Carter Honorable Mention All-Ivy
  F Mia Rosati Honorable Mention All-Ivy
2008 F Ashley McCauley First Team All-Ivy (unanimous)
  GK Katie Bolling Second Team All-Ivy
  M Katie Cantore Second Team All-Ivy
2007 F/M Harriet Thayer First Team All-Ivy (unanimous)
  GK Charlotte Goins Second Team All-Ivy
  F Ashley McCauley Second Team All-Ivy
  M Katie Cantore Honorable Mention All-Ivy
2006 M Lindsay Collins First Team All-Ivy (unanimous)
  F Harriet Thayer First Team All-Ivy (unanimous)
  F Rachel Lentz Second Team All-Ivy
  M Heather Orrico Second Team All-Ivy
2005 M/B Heather Orrico First Team All-Ivy
  M Lindsay Collins Second Team All-Ivy
  M/F Harriet Thayer Honorable Mention All-Ivy
Tamara Durante
Tamara Durante
Title: Associate Head Coach
Phone: 203-432-1479
Hometown: Lachine, Que.
Previous College: Alberta '00

Tamara Durante joined the Yale coaching staff in 2005. She works mainly with the goalkeepers and forwards, and has tutored four All-Ivy League goalkeeper selections while helping the Bulldogs increase their season goal total for six straight years at one point -- including a school-record 69 goals in 2011 en route to earning a share of the Ivy League title.

In 2013, Heather Schlesier '15 earned second team All-Ivy League honors to become the fourth All-Ivy goalkeeper Durante has worked with. Schlesier led the Ivy League, and was fourth in the nation, in save percentage (.795). In 2011, Emily Cain '14 earned second team All-Ivy League honors while helping Yale win the league championship. Under Durante's guidance, Katie Bolling '11 developed into a second team All-Ivy selection in her first year as a starter (2008). Bolling ranked fourth in the country in save percentage (.809). The year before that, under Durante's watch, goalie Charlotte Goins '10 finished third in the NCAA in save percentage (.804) and fifth in saves per game (8.71). That earned Goins second team All-Ivy honors. 

Before joining head coach Pam Stuper's staff at Yale, Durante spent the four previous years as an assistant coach at Ohio University. Prior to her stay at Ohio, Durante worked for Field Hockey Canada from 1999-2001. Her duties included assisting the goalkeeper coach and recording and editing matches. She was the head coach for the Provincial Quebec Under-21 and Under-18 teams from 1993-98.

In addition to her work at Yale Durante also is involved with the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA). She won a gold medal as an assistant coach for the Under-21 U.S. team at the Junior Pan Ams in October of 2008. Durante has coached in the Futures Program since 2002 and served as the Great Lakes Regional Futures Director from 2003-05. She has selected for various USFHA programs, including the Under-16 national team and Futures Elite. She also was selected to coach for USA Field Hockey at the AAU Junior Olympic Games from 2006 through 2008.

Durante has also coached at the Junior Olympics from 2006 to 2008 and 2010 to 2013, winning a gold in 2012.

A native of Lachine, Quebec, Durante is a 2000 graduate of the University of Alberta and was a five-year starter for the field hockey team there. She helped the Pandas to a silver medal in the CIAU Championship in 1997 and bronze medals in 1996 and 1999.

updated May 8, 2014

Lexy Adams
Lexy Adams
Title: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
High School: Penn Manor
Previous College: Yale '13

Lexy Adams joined the Yale field hockey staff in the fall of 2013. Adams spent the four previous years playing for the Bulldogs and is currently spending an additional year at Yale getting her Master of Public Health from the Yale School of Public Health. She was a four-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree and was part of a class that set the school record by winning 20 Ivy League games in four years (including a 4-0 mark against archrival Harvard). A back, she started all 17 games last season and appeared in 50 games for her career. As a freshman she earned Yale’s Senior Award, awarded by the senior class to a freshman team member who reflects positive contribution to the team's philosophy and whose individual character encourages the future direction and excellence of Yale field hockey.

In addition to her work on the field, Adams has been extensively involved in work off the field -- work that earned her Yale Athletics’ Molly Meyer Humanitarian Award her senior year. She was one of 40 undergraduate Yale Communication and Consent Educators working to foster a positive campus climate, especially in terms of sexual culture. She has also served as a Community Health Educator in the New Haven public schools, teaching students the skills, self-respect and information needed to make healthy decisions about their bodies and their futures.

Adams has made an impact in multiple countries. During Spring Break in 2011, Reach Out Thailand allowed her the opportunity to design and teach an English curriculum for middle school Thai students in Buriram Province. Adams was in Mauritius as a Summer Teaching Fellow with ELI Africa in 2011. There, she designed and taught her own hands-on science curriculum. She served as the Chief Programming Officer from 2011-12 and designed schedules for the summer and year-long Teaching Fellow Program, organized events on campus and coordinated appointments with various Mauritian ministries. Since 2012, she has served as President and coordinates board meetings, fundraising and communication with Mauritius. The organization was founded by former Yale football player Vedant Seeam ’11.

In the summer of 2012, Adams was a Fellow for the Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) Conference in Ethiopia. She aided an Ethiopian delegation in designing and monitoring an evaluation plan at the annual GHLI conference. After the conference she spent eight weeks interning for the Federal Ministry of Health implementing the Ethiopian Hospital Alliance for Quality, performing hospital site visits focused on documenting best practices. She supported the 20-Year Visioning Committee for Ethiopian health outcomes, researching strategies in coordination with the Ministry of Health, Yale GHLI, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Adams has also been active locally, helping save lives as a volunteer for the annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale. Those drives have added nearly 4,000 potential donors to the Be The Match Registry for patients with life-threatening illnesses in need of donor matches for transplants. The drive is named in memory of Yale women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011), who passed away in April 2011 after battling cancer for more than two years. During her sophomore year, Adams herself was identified as a match for a patient with cancer. She overcame her fear of needles and made the marrow donation.

updated Jan. 31, 2014