Head Coach: Michelle Andre
Michelle Andre continues to build the Stockton field hockey program as she goes into her third season as head coach. Andre brought in 16 newcomers last year and won three games with a roster that included 13 freshmen and five sophomores. The Ospreys notched four victories in 2009 just months after her hiring as Andre initiated the rebuilding process.
Prior to becoming Stockton’s head coach, Andre served as an assistant coach at her alma mater Rowan University for two years. She also was a member of the Profs’ coaching staff from 1998-2002, shortly after the conclusion of her playing career as a three-sport athlete at Rowan.
In between stints at Rowan, Andre was the head coach at the University of Rochester for five seasons from 2002-07 where she posted an overall record of 53-43 while building a program that reached new heights. Andre quickly made an impact by leading the Yellowjackets to a school-record 12 victories in her first season of 2002. The campaign also was the program’s first winning season in 10 years. Rochester dipped below .500 in 2003, but Andre responded by coaching the Yellowjackets to 10-9 marks in 2004 and 2005, with the latter season also yielding the team’s first trip to the Liberty League tournament.
Andre helmed Rochester to a 13-7 mark in her final season of 2006, breaking the school record for wins that had been established in her first year. The Yellowjackets reached the ECAC tournament semifinals and produced the first two NFHCA All-Americans in school history. Andre coached 12 NFHCA all-region selections and oversaw a program that registered the fourth-highest grade point average in the nation in 2006 and fostered one ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and 57 NFHCA National Academic Squad qualifiers at Rochester.
As an assistant coach at Rowan, Andre helped the Profs reach the NCAA quarterfinals in 2007 and 2008. During her first foray into the coaching ranks, she assisted on Rowan teams that won NJAC championships and reached the NCAA Final Four in 1998 and 2000. The Profs also advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1999 and 2001 with Andre on the coaching staff.
Andre was a prolific student-athlete at Rowan who earned honors in three sports. In field hockey, she was named NFHCA First Team All-American and NJAC Midfielder of the Year in 1997. Andre also was chosen to the NJAC First Team and NFHCA South Atlantic Region First Team three times apiece. She was voted an NFCA Second Team All-American, three-time NFCA East Region and three-time NJAC First Team player in softball as well as IWLCA All-Region First Team in lacrosse. Andre graduated from Rowan in 1999 with her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and later obtained her masters’ degree in higher education administration from Rowan in 2002.
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Kristi Troster returns for her third season on the Stockton coaching staff. Troster played four seasons on the Division I level at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she was named to the America East Second Team in 2005 and 2006 as well as the America East All-Rookie Team in 2003.
Troster, a four-time NFHCA National Academic Squad qualifier, started all 64 games in her career and ranks fourth all-time at UMBC in goals (14) and points (36) by a midfielder. The native of Lansdale, PA holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from UMBC.
Ariel Eber is in her third season as an assistant coach at Stockton. Eber was a three-time America East all-conference goalkeeper at the University of Vermont. She served as the USA Maccabi field hockey team captain last year, and she has competed in four international tournaments with the squad.
Eber also was a member of the 2008 USA national indoor field hockey team that played in the Pan American Games. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
Debi O’Kane moves from the field to the sidelines, joining the coaching staff this season after her playing career ended in 2010. O’Kane was a four-year starting goalkeeper for the Ospreys who finished her career with a school-record 696 saves. She also set a Stockton record for saves in a season with 212 stops in 2009.
O’Kane led the NJAC in saves three times in four years and also finished with seven career shutouts in an Osprey uniform. She currently is working toward her bachelor’s degree with a dual major of Sociology and Education from Stockton.