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Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff

Cape Ann FHC  prides itself in the caliber and experience of its coaching staff. Our coaching staff is comprised of seasoned veteran’s with both national and international experience, assuring our athletes receive the best training possible. Please click on the pictures to learn more about each of our fabulous coaches!

  • Chris Pothier

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    Chris Pothier
    Owner & Technical Director

    Coach Pothier has been the owner & director of Cape Ann FHC for 5 years, before that he was a head coach for the club for 6 years. Chris’ playing career includes 3 years in the US JR & SR men’s program. He is currently playing for the US Men’s Indoor national team. He is the former head coach for Worcester State University where he has seen a spike in the program’s success since his debut, where his first season, finished 3-15 & in 2013, finished with a 12-8 record, a Little East Conference tournament appearance, the program’s first ever ECAC tournament win.

    Chris is also the assistant coach for our US Field Hockey’s Olympic pipeline, East Coast High Performance Center, where it is his role to aid the development of the junior national program. He also is an active coach for the U18 & U21Jr National teams. He seeks out learning opportunities, one of which is being a Performance Analyst for the US Men’s National JR & SR team.

    Recently, Chris has been named to the board of directors for the Northeast Premier Hockey non profit organization that has taken on the task to promote adult, collegiate & club hockey in the Northeast.

    Coach Pothier was named assistant field hockey coach at Division 2 powerhouse, Merrimack College in April 2016. This is a part time position that will not deter his effort and capacity to coach and direct Cape Ann moving forward. We are extremely happy to support our director and other staff as they build upon already impressive resumes however they see fit!

    A graduate of the University of Southern Maine, with a bachelors in science in Exercise Science, coach Pothier looks to create a professional life-long club for both girls & boys.


  • Ben Howarth

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    Ben Howarth
    Goal Keeping Academy Director

    Joined the Northeastern field hockey program as an assistant coach on July 1, 2013. While at the University of Liverpool, Howarth was responsible for all aspects of the program including the supervision and design of daily practices, team selections and tactical analysis. While at the helm, Howarth’s team captured the Lancashire Hockey league championship was helped the team in its transition to North League Division 2a. He had similar responsibilities with Liverpool Sefton in addition to team travel team selection for the National league north conference team.

    Howarth, a 2012 graduate of the University of Durham, also served as the Ladies Second Team Coach at Durham during the 2011-12 season we he worked with the club to earn promotion to the University League. During his playing career, Howarth was a three-year goalkeeper with Durham.

    Ben’s role in Cape Ann FHC is to create a competitive pool of goal keepers seeking to improve their skills. Developing a curriculum and organizing a staff specific for goal keepers, we are excited to have Ben on staff and have him share his knowledge of the game with our players!

  • Ken Dias

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    Ken Dias
    Head Coach

    Ken started coaching high school field hockey in 1994. Over 15 years, he coached 8 Division Champions and 4 State Champions in Rhode Island. Ken developed 17 All State players and 6 NFHCA regional All Americans. In 2012 he completed his USAFH Level II Coaches Certification and is currently a Head Coach in the Northeast Futures Region. He has coached many teams at the National Futures Championship, most recently in 2015. In 2013 Ken led his U16 NFC team to a first place finish winning the gold medal. In that same year he coached one of 8 teams at the Junior Olympics at the University of Michigan. Ken is currently a field hockey umpire working college in Divisions 1, 2, and 3.


  • Audra Hampsch

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    Audra Hampsch
    Goal Keeping Coach

    Audra enters here second year on staff among our Goalkeeping Academy coaches! She is currently a  Junior at Boston College who brings a young & vibrant energy to our players who can really relate & look up to her. Audra has also had experience at the international level playing in Germany and Argentina on the Women’s National Indoor Team from 2011-2013 alongside fellow Cape Ann coach Meg Bozek.

    Before BC Audra was a super-star at Hopedale High School. Recorded an 88-10-2 record as a five-year (2008-12) member of the Blue Raiders varsity squad, registering an 0.34 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage, and 81 career shutouts in that span which broke the national, all-time high school record for shutouts. She was named Central Mass Co-Player of the Year in 2010 and Dual Valley Conference All-Star honors from 2008 to 2012 and also garnered Central Mass All-Star accolades four times.

    As a film student at BC, Audra is able to produce professional grade quality recruiting videos for Cape Ann players to send to college coaches. We are excited for Audra to continue the work she’s done over the past season and beyond!


  • Nick Richardson

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    Nick Richardson

    Nick Richardson hails from Kents Hill Maine, where he played & coached to start his hockey career. With a dedicated hockey family, his father & sister shared Nick’s passion for the game. Nick has been playing in the US Jr National Program for the better part of 4 years now. He spent 2 years playing over seas in South Africa & Australia. Nicks dedication & passion for the game is extremely apparent & contagious. Having played under the tutelage of Cape Ann directors, Chris Pothier, Nick’s philosophy has ben established along the lines of where Cape Ann is headed. He is currently a sophomore Nursing Student at the St. A’s College in New Hampshire.


  • Franny Augustine

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    Franny Augustine
    Head Coach

    Franny enters her second season on staff here at Cape Ann and is a 2014 graduate from the University of Connecticut. While there, she helped guide the Huskies to a 2012 & 2013 Big East Conference Championship & in 2013, the Division 1 National Championship. Before that she had also spent a year abroad playing in Australia.

    Franny works with our U16 and U19 teams out of our Boston site. We are excited to have Franny on board with our staff & look forward to her experience in the best program in the country influence our players.


  • Susan Ciufo

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    Susan Ciufo
    Head Coach

    Coach Ciufo joins us from Stonehill College where she going into her 1st season as Head Coach, prior to this coach was an assistant coach at Drexel University where she also played 4 years of D1 hockey. As you can see from below, Susan is on our US Indoor National team as a top player on the squad. With many international caps under her belt, she will be a key coach in our indoor season, & we look forward to having her on board with her knowledge & experience.

    Prior to returning as an assistant coach with her alma mater, Ciufo served two seasons at Lehigh as assistant coach under Stacey Eversley, who formerly coached at Northeast-10 Conference member American International College. Ciufo was the Mountain Hawks recruiting coordinator and offensive specialist and served as interim head coach while Eversley was on maternity leave over the latter part of the 2012 season, gaining valuable experience in that role.

    Ciufo is active with USA Field Hockey, both as a player and coach. She has been a member of the USA Indoor National Team since 2011, earning a gold medal at the 2013 Rohrmax Cup and a bronze medal at the 2014 Pan Am Cup. Ciufo has been a USA Regional and National Futures Tournament selector since 2013, was an assistant coach with USA New Jersey Junior High Performance in 2011 and USA Pennsylvania High Performance in 2015. She has also earned coaching experience as head coach of Mystx Field Hockey Club’s U-19 squad.

    Ciufo is a 2011 graduate of Drexel, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and she is on target to receive her Masters Degree in sports management from Drexel this month. She was a four-year starter for the Dragons field hockey program and ranks second in program history with 58 goals and 140 points in 84 career games. She was a four-time CAA Scholar-Athlete honoree and was named first team All-CAA and first team Regional All-American as a sophomore, junior and senior. In 2008, Ciufo set the NCAA record with a 22 game point streak and received third team All-America honors. She helped the 2009 Dragons earn an at large bid in the 2009 NCAA Tournament after winning the CAA regular season championship.


  • Lacey Pustizzi

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    Lacey Pustizzi
    Goal Keeping Coach

    Lacey comes to us with a WEALTH of knowledge & experience coaching goal keepers. She is a bright addition to what is the top Goal Keeping Academy in the area.

    Goalkeepers United (GKU) Clinics, Founder/Coach; Philadelphia, PA. Winter 2015 – present
    – Boston University, Volunteer Assistant/GK Coach; Boston, MA. Fall 2013 – Winter 2015
    – BB Hockey Club, Coach & Player; Geneva, CH. Spring 2013
    – USTS Hockey Club, U16 & GK Coach; Coppet, CH. Spring 2013
    – Towson University, 1st Assistant; Towson, MD. Spring 2010 – Fall 2012
    – Roanoke College, Head Coach; Salem, VA. Spring 2007 – Spring 2010
    – Manawatu Hockey Club, Goalie Coach; Palmerson North, NZ. Winter 2007
    – Lock Haven University, Graduate Assistant; Lock Haven, PA. Fall 2005 – Winter 2006
    – Yale University, Assistant Coach; New Haven, CT. Fall 2004 – Spring 2005
    – Colgate University, Assistant Coach; Hamilton, NY. Fall 2002 – Summer 2004

    – Played goalkeeper for Hartwick College graduating in 2002 with 2 NCAA appearances and two state championship tiles.
    – Played Goalkeeper for Hingham High School graduating in 1998 and inducted into the HHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

  • Megan Hancock

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    Megan Hancock
    Goalkeeping Coach

    Megan joins Cape Ann at our Mansfield site in her first season with the program. A 2015 graduate of Bryant University, Megan joins sister MaKayla who has also been working at our Mansfield site. Megan had a stellar career at Bryant, including being name the MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year.

    Megan closed the book on a prolific career in the cage starting all 18 games for the Black and Gold … Posted career-highs in wins (11), goals against average (2.15), save percentage (.756), and shutouts (3) … Was named MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year and earned an All-MAAC First Team nod (first-ever career postseason award) … Recorded 10+ saves on five different occasions including a career-high 15 stops vs. Quinnipiac in the MAAC Tournament Semifinals on Nov. 8 … Logged over 1300 minutes in goal.

    We are excited for her to join our already extensive Goalkeeping Academy staff. Welcome Megan!

  • Nate O'Lari

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    Nate O'Lari
    Goal Keeping Coach

    Nate was a former Cape Ann player who has now joined the staff as a goal keeping coach. Nate is currently a member of the Men’s U21 Field Hockey Team. He has competed with them in multiple tournaments/events and is currently in contention for the U21 Pan Am Team to compete at the 2016 Junior Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada.

    Nate brings a wealth of field hockey knowledge to the staff and we are excited to see what he can do both as a player and a coach!