We would like to introduce Krista Portelli, Mater Dei Prep’s new Head Field Hockey Coach for the upcoming year! She comes to MDP with 15 years teaching experience in elementary school and with over 20 years of competitive field hockey play including playing at both Monmouth University and Eastern Regional High School. Krista says “I am looking forward to bringing my love of the game to Mater Dei and continue their long standing tradition of high success while instilling respect for teammates and our competition. Coaching is a professional privilege which allows me to educate young people through the game of field hockey. It is more than creating a well-established program or winning championships. As a coach I get the opportunity to make an impact on young people's lives.”
She also adds, “I am committed to using my knowledge, abilities and resources to make each player on my team successful. It is important to me to create an environment where the athletes are not afraid to push themselves and each other to work hard, and to work together to achieve a common goal. We win as a team and we lose as a team. We neither make nor accept excuses. We look out for our teammates, always. I believe that the lessons we learn throughout our sporting experience will carry over into our everyday lives. Teamwork, mutual respect, commitment, and hard work are all building blocks to good character and by achieving this we will be successful.”
Some of her beliefs regarding goals for her team “is to encourage each field hockey player to challenge herself academically, athletically and socially. Become a leader and enjoy the privilege of being a student athlete at Mater Dei. Most importantly the effort put forth by every member of the team will be the ultimate measure of how successful we are.”
Naturally as a coach, Krista has team expectations that are immensely important to acknowledge and practice to create team players. She emphasizes the importance of attendance, punctuality, social conduct, safety and communication not only between players and herself but the families as well. Keeping everyone in the loop is a key component to maintaining a team, and we believe her team will excel in all ways possible!
Congratulations Coach Krista and we wish you all the best coaching your team towards ultimate Seraph Success!