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Sept. 20, 2015 — All in the family

Walk around the back of the benches at a field hockey game, and you can see and hear a lot of things.

But to truly appreciate how the Eastern and Oak Knoll field hockey programs have continued their successess over the last several years, understand who the head coaches of each program have entrusted to their developmental players on the junior varsity.

Oak Knoll head coach Ali Good entrusts her JV and assistant coaching duties to her sister Christina. Indeed, while the head coach is busy fielding questions from the assembled media, Christina handles the postgame team talk. Usually, that’s unheard of.

As for Eastern, the coaching staff includes a pair of luminaries from the recent past. The head coach of the junior varsity for Eastern is Alyssa McFerren, who once recorded six assists in a single game in the 2009 season. Also assisting the team is the person who was the beneficiary of several of McFerren’s assists over the years: Kelsey Mitchell.

Yep, that Kelsey Mitchell. The Eastern legend who scored 171 goals in her career, tied for fourth all-time.

In truth, when it comes to the snowballing of success over the course of time, that’s what often happens. Alumnae of particular programs are often called in to help out their teams, and a steady stream of Eastern and Moorestown alumnae have been in Danyle Heilig’s coaching box over the last decade and a half, offering their advice to the next generation of players.

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