Coaching Staff

Adam Falla
General Manager & Head of Coaching

Ali Murdoch
Club President & Austin Coach

Clarence Jennelle
Head Coach

Adam grew up in the Channel Islands, UK and represented the islands at U16, U18 and Senior levels. Upon moving to the UK he attended University of Leicester where he played and was captain of the 1st XI in the BUSA Premier divisions, playing in a BUSA National Final in 2000. After University he played for Coalville HC and continued to represent the Channel Islands.

He moved to Washington DC in 2011 and was involved with Washington Field Hockey Association and following his move to Austin in 2015, he joined Lone Star Field Hockey as a coach, player and later as club director.  Adam also coached the US Men’s Over 50 Master’s Team in the 2018 FIH Master’s Hockey World Cup.  He is an FIH Lvl2 Certified Coach.  

Ali has played field hockey since he was 11 years old.  He played for Monkstown Hockey Club in Dublin, Ireland on all of their youth travel teams winning Under 16, Under 19 and Under 21 championships and represented Leinster for two years in the Under 21 Interprovincial championships.  Monkstown’s Senior Mens’ team is a division 1, all Ireland league team and Ali played for the senior team for 17 years from age 19 to 36 and captained it for two years.  During that time he won several Irish trophies, played and won tournaments in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and South Africa and was selected to the Leinster Senior Mens’ team.  

Ali coached in the Monkstown “colts” program for several years prior to moving to the US in 2002.   He lived in Northport, NY until 2015 and got involved with Northport Field Hockey and Lasting Legacy Field Hockey as his own daughters started playing more competitively.   He coached the Lasting Legacy U14 travel team who won the Northeast Regional Club Championships 2015, participated in the National Club Championships and earned a USAFH national ranking of 8th for 2015. He was also a head coach for Northport Field Hockey 4th/5th/6th grade teams who play in the Fall Long Island Field Hockey Association league. ​

In the summer of 2015 Ali and his family relocated to Austin, Texas.  He and his wife, Una, set up Lone Star Field Hockey, Austin’s first and only Field Hockey Club.   Ali is also a member of the US Master’s Team and played in the 2018 FIH Master’s Hockey World Cup in Barcelona.   

Coach Clarence Jennelle has coached kids for over 22 years in Pennsylvania.   He co-founded one of the most successful youth field hockey clubs in the US called X-Calibur. The club has over 500 members and has won numerous gold medals at the National Hockey Festival, Disney Showcases, and other national US events.  Clarence was also a Varsity Coach at Owen J Roberts High School and in his time with the Wild Cats, he led the team to three back-to-back league championships, two district championships and a state semifinal. He has also been involved for many years in the US developmental program, Futures, as a Lvl1 & Lvl2 coach, a site director,  a selector and has coached 12 national futures championship teams.  Clarence is a USAFH Level II Certified Coach.

In 2015 he made the journey from Pennsylvania to Texas to help grow and develop the sport of Field Hockey in the Lone Star State.  Clarence joined Lone Star Field Hockey as head coach in Dallas in August 2018.  

His motto is, “It is better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all.” A good athlete takes every failure, works out the kinks, and turns it into a success with hard work, dedication and determination. Clarence looks forward to helping build a community of respect, determination, drive and hard work. The ultimate goal—having fun, developing a winning attitude and translating that into goals for games.


AUSTIN

  • Playing Since Second Grade
  • 4 year starter at Siena College 2011-2014
  • GA at Cedar Crest College 2016-2017
  • Assistant Coach/Associate Head Coach at Bates College 2017-2020
  • Coastal Field Hockey Head Coach, Coaching and Curriculum Club Director for all age levels 2017-2020
  • Head Field Hockey Coach at Wilkes University March 2020-July 2021
  • Associate AD/ Field Hockey Program Director at Saint Andrews School in Austin August 1 2021 – Present

Hailing from South Africa where he played Club Hockey for 20+ years, Grant started coaching with Lone Star in Austin in 2018 and focuses on coaching our Goalies.

Mark grew up in Canberra, Australia and played junior and senior hockey for United Hockey club. He played briefly whilst living in Singapore and now is excited to continue playing with Lone Star in Texas!

Alayna grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA and started playing field hockey in 5th grade. She played club for WC Eagles and won multiple National Indoor and Outdoor Championships. During her high school years, she was a three-time First Team All-League selection and two-time All-Main Line selection. Alayna continued on to play Division 1 field hockey at Kent State University. Her team won three MAC Regular Season Championships, two MAC Tournament Championships, and made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division 1 Tournament. Alayna was a two-time team captain, four-time NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad member, three-time Academic All-MAC honoree, and two-time Second Team All-MAC player. She was also selected for the NFHCA Division I Senior Game and played in the USA Field Hockey U21 Championship. After graduation, Alayna relocated to Austin and began coaching with Lone Star Field Hockey.

Hanneke grew up in The Netherlands, and started playing Hockey at the age of six.  She played for her hometown, the Oirschot Field Hockey Club, for 27 years.  A small Hockey Club – by Dutch standards – of 600 members!

From age 6 to 10 she played for the Mini’s, then moved to the Juniors (age 11-18).   At age seventeen Hanneke joined the women’s first team, where she played as a center-midfield from the year 2000 to 2015 and captained the team from 2008-2013.  She was also selected player of the year in 2013.   After playing for the first team for fifteen years Hanneke stepped down and started playing for the Womens Veterans team (30+ yr) in the fall of 2015, and helped them win the title of Division Champions in the 2016-2017 season.

Along with her active career as a player, Hanneke was also very involved in the club as a trainer/coach of several youth teams for multiple years and she participated on many committees. Hanneke still feels strongly connected to her Dutch club and follows them closely.

Hanneke and her husband moved to Austin in January 2017, starting a new adventure. We are excited to have her share her Dutch hockey experience with kids here in Austin.

Sarah Overmyer grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she started playing field hockey at age 8. Sarah won the Michigan state championship 3 times with her team, Pioneer High School, and was a National Field Hockey Coaches All-Academic. She participated in Futures, the National Field Hockey Festival and many university camps.

Sarah went on to play at Bates College where she was an all-NESCAC and Regional All-American selection her junior and senior years, as well as team captain. Her junior year, she was Bates’ leading defensive and offensive player, leading the team in scoring and scoring a hat trick in the home opener. Sarah started every game of her college career at sweeper.

After college, Sarah moved to Argentina where she played with the University of Buenos Aires. She has played with the Lone Star Adult Club since 2014 and during the day she develops products to help job seekers at Indeed.


DALLAS

Maddie is a graduate of the University of California where she played Division-I field hockey. Maddie began playing field hockey in middle school. While in college, Maddie had the opportunity to play in South Africa competing against their top club teams and their national team. Maddie played 3 years at forward and during her senior year was switched to play right back.

Prior to college, Maddie played for a club team called RUSH in San Diego California. Maddie has participated in coaching young players throughout her career playing field hockey. She participated in coaching through the Futures program. After playing all 4 years at Cal, Maddie continued her passion for field hockey and played in San Francisco on Tuesday nights with Fog City field hockey. In 2020, she moved to Texas and joined Lone Star.

Mare grew up in Hartland, Wisconsin and has been playing since she was 7 years old. She played for Milwaukee Field Hockey’s travel team from 2013-2018. Mare also participated in Futures and was being selected to the Midwest region team playing under Will Byrne in 2017. She has also attended RCC, JPLO, Disney, Festival and NIT over the years. Mare was also a 4-year Varsity letter recipient and starter at her local high school. She then graduated high school a semester early and went down under to Australia, lived there for 8 weeks while playing under the St. Kilda field hockey program in Melbourne. After her time in Australia, she then went on to play collegiate D2 field hockey at Lindenwood University, where she made a huge impact on the team.

  • Played for her national team, England at junior level for u16, u18 and u21
  • Played for Premier league team Clifton and for Millfield school
  • Recruited by Wake Forest to play in the States
  • Played 5 seasons for Wake Forest and captained 2 seasons. Made it to Final Four in 2018.

Patrick grew up playing in England, including for King’s College, University of London, and the City of Bath. Played for USA National Team from 2004 – 2006.

Wander grew up playing at Bloemendaal, then played for the Bulldogs in California and the U.S. Junior/Men’s National Team. He played for Durham University in England.

Diana and her husband raised their family for 20 years in New Jersey where her daughters played field hockey.  After relocating to Dallas, Diana found a role growing field hockey in the Lone Star State. She is a proud mom of two daughters, Univ. of Pennsylvania Field Hockey Class of ’18 and ’23 and a son, a UT Austin alum and video producer in Dallas. Go Quakers…Go Longhorns!

Adeel Hussain was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. He started playing hockey in school and played for the Sindh Provincial Team and for the Karachi Electric Supply club team for U16, U19 and U21. In 2005 he achieved a national record scoring 13 goals in one match against Larkana city in Pakistan. He made his debut in 2006 in Pakistan National Junior Team and in 2008 he played in the Junior Hockey Asia Cup in Hyderabad, India. He was honored as a Man of the Match in a test series between Pakistan Junior team and Kenya Senior team in 2007.  

While playing for the Junior National Team he also served as a captain for Habib Bank of Pakistan hockey team playing junior and senior interprovincial championships during years 2006-2011. In summer of 2011 Adeel went to Kenya to coach Kenya National team and played for their National league representing Sikh Union Nairobi Club, Kenya.

In 2012, Adeel moved to the U.S. and joined University of Michigan Field Hockey Club. He has played in the Cleveland Cup, Chicago Cup, Houston Cup and Sacramento cup between 2013 and 2015. In 2015 he made Dallas his home.  Currently, he coaches for Lone Star Field Hockey club and is also an active hockey player for the adult Dallas Field Hockey Club.

Ashley is a graduate of Miami University where she played Division-I field hockey. She is a versatile player having played defense, forward and midfield throughout her career. During her time with the Redhawks she won 3 MAC Championships and had 2 sweet sixteen berths to the National Tournament. While in college she and her team had the opportunity to play in Spain competing against some of their top club teams. 

Prior to college, Ashley played for X-Calibur Field Hockey Club in Pennsylvania, as well as Mystx Field Hockey Club starting in 3rd grade. She attended and won many National Tournaments with her club teams. She loves being able to coach and give back to the sport that gave her so much.

Ashley is a University of Michigan graduate and 4 time Big Ten Champion. She has been coaching Futures and club hockey since 2009.

Ellen is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and played there for five seasons, including her freshman year which she redshirted. In her time at UNC, she won four ACC Championships and two National Championships. In addition to those, her team competed in every ACC championship game and every Final Four tournament. She played defense at Carolina, usually at left back.

Prior to UNC, she played field hockey at Casady High School in Oklahoma City and won an SPC championship. She has coached at UNC Camps for multiple years, as well as Casady camps and the Carolina All Stars Field Hockey Club.

Patricia was born and raised in Argentina. She started playing field hockey at 9 years old for the A team at the San Martin Club in Tucuman, Argentina. Patricia played for her state team, Tucuman, for 13 years straight on the U12, U15, Junior, and First teams. She also played for the North Regional Travel Team comprised of 6 states competing at the national level.

Patricia also trained at CeNARD in Buenos Aires with the Argentinian Junior Team and at 17 years old, she won an international scholarship to study in Spain and played for UD Taburiente in Las Palmas. She currently plays for the adult Dallas Field Hockey Club.

Patricia has coached field hockey for over 25 years, coaching U5 and U10 teams in Argentina and now coaches the U10s & U12s for Lone Star Field Hockey Club in Dallas.

Shelley started playing at age 10, and played through middle school. She played 4 years Varsity in high school & 4 years on Milwaukee Field Hockey Club’s elite travel team.

Andrew has been playing hockey for over 20 years. Prior to moving to Dallas he was playing competitively for the Westside Wolves Hockey Club in Perth, Australia. He first started playing hockey when he was 8-years old and played for Wolves for his entire junior and senior career.  Andrew has been playing and coaching with Lone Star since 2019.

I grew up in Kashmir, India and started playing field hockey at the age of seven. Hockey ran in our family. My father was the President of the Kashmir Hockey Federation and he was my first coach and the person in my life who made me fall in love with this wonder sport. I started off at the school level, and went on to playing Division-I (inter-district), several Sub Junior State Championship (under 14 inter-district), then on to 5 back to back under-19 Nationals out of which my team won 3 of them.

After moving to US in 2008, I started playing with Seattle Jets FHC. I played with SJFHC for about 10 years before moving to Dallas. Here I joined Lone Star Club as a Coach and further joined as a Varsity Coach with Parish Episcopal High School. I love to be part of hockey community in both capacities as a player and as a coach, I learn and contribute in both roles. It’s good to be part of the process and push for the growth of hockey in the country.

My motto is “Teamwork makes the dream work” and hockey is the way I practice it in my life. It is a team sport, there is no individual contributors. One team member succeeds when the entire team succeeds. In my opinion success can’t be measured with the final scores on the board. It really is bigger than that, as for me it’s how best we take our reflection from the field into our communities. I hope to help my students realize that and help them enjoy the game of hockey as they learn it and get better at it.


OKLAHOMA

  • Played field hockey from 7th grade through senior year at Casady
  • Played four years at Davidson College
  • Coached for three years at Casady from 2011-2014

Emma started playing field hockey in the fifth grade when she began attending various camps throughout Oklahoma. She played for all four years of her high school career at Casady School in Oklahoma City, during which her team won an SPC championship. While attending the University of Oklahoma, Emma played on the intramural field hockey team while also coaching at her alma matter. Emma is an assistant coach at Casady School.

Heather grew up in New Jersey and from a young age was a part of the field hockey world thanks to her mom who was a coach and umpire. Heather played club hockey for Spirit USA. Heather attended the University of Iowa and was a part of 2 Big Ten Championships and NCAA tournaments.

Heather was a 2 time All-American, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, multiple All Big Ten honoree, and was selected for the NFHCA D1 Senior Game. While at the University of Iowa, Heather was a member of the U21 Junior World Cup team that participated in the 2005 Junior World Cup. Heather played for Midwest High Performance which led to being selected for the USA National Team where she competed in test series vs Spain, Argentina, the Netherlands and played in the 2009 Pan Am Cup.

Heather is a veteran collegiate coach with 13 years of experience on the sideline. She coached at Drexel University, Kent State University (won 6 MAC Championships) and Bucknell University before relocating to Oklahoma in 2020.

Played field hockey at the University of North Carolina from 1992-1996. We won four ACC Championships and two NCAA Championships. I co-captained the team in 1996 and was NCAA All-Tournament in 1995.

I started my coaching career at the Kinkaid School in 1997 before moving into the college coaching ranks in 1999. I was an assistant coach and eventual associate head coach at the University of Louisville from 1999-2007. I moved on to coach at Brown University from 2007-2010.

I moved back to Tulsa, Oklahoma where I have served as the head field hockey coach at Holland Hall School, my alma mater, for the past ten years.


All Lone Star FHC Coaches are Coach Members of USAFH which includes a background check and SafeSport Certification.