Our Coaches

Adam Falla

General Manager and Head of Coaching

Email : adam@lonestarfhc.com

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 Murdoch

Club President & Austin Coach

Email : alimurdoch@ymail.com

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.   

Clarence Jennelle

Dallas Head Coach

Email : cmjennelle@gmail.com

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.

Hanneke Jongbloets-Hayes

Austin Senior Coach

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.

Alayna Harris

Austin Coach

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.

Sarah Overmyer

Austin Coach
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.

Grant Brennon

Austin Goalie Coach

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.  Grant also helps coach at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.  

Adeel Hussain

Dallas Coach

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 US 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 adult Dallas Field Hockey Club.

Patricia Peralta

Dallas Coach

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.

Ashley Laskowitz

Dallas Coach

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. Ashley loves being able to coach and give back to the sport that gave her so much.

Alexa Magnotta

Dallas Coach

Alexa started playing field hockey in 4th grade where she attended various clinics in the small rural town of New Egypt, NJ. She then went on to play four years of varsity field hockey at New Egypt High School. She also played for Jersey Intensity club team from 6th grade to senior year of high school. With Jersey Intensity she played in many outdoor and indoor tournaments. She then went on to play for The College of New Jersey. Alexa was a starter all four years at TCNJ where she was a part of the National Championship team in 2014. All four years they were ranked among the top Division III teams in the country. Upon college graduation in May 2017 she moved to Dallas, TX for a career opportunity and found herself missing field hockey. Then she found Lone Star and has been coaching ever since. 

Laura Pacheco

Dallas Coach

Laura grew up in Blue Bell, PA (just outside of Philadelphia) and started playing field hockey in high school for Mount St. Joseph Academy (Flourtown). During her time at the Mount, her team was AACA Champions in 2010 and 2011 and qualifying for thePIAA State Tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011, reaching the semi-finals in 2010. Laura was a captain of the field hockey and lacrosse teams, an AACA All-League honors and an all-academic honoree in her senior year.

Laura continued her athletic career at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where she played both Division III field hockey and lacrosse for 4 seasons. Laura’s field hockey honors included serving as a two-time captain, obtaining Liberty League Honor Roll multiple times throughout her four years, two-time All Liberty League Second Team honoree, selected to the 2015 NFHCA Division III Second Team –North Atlantic Region and selected for the 2015 NFHCA Division III Senior All Star Game. Laura was also awarded the Community Service and Outreach award at the Union College Athletic Senior Student-Athlete Award Ceremony and the Sorority Athlete of the Year in June 2016. Laura relocated to Dallas in August of 2018 from Boston, Massachusetts.

Ellen Payne

Dallas Coach

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.

Wim Schalken

Dallas Coach

Wim grew up in The Netherlands where he started playing field hockey at the age of eight. Being raised in a family where field hockey was the primary sport meant that every weekend was spent playing and watching field hockey matches. As a teenager he volunteered as a referee and became the coach of a youth team.

In 1998 Wim moved to the US and at the age of 40 started running long distances. With several marathons under his belt, including New York, Dallas and Boston, Wim became a running coach and founded a neighborhood running club, promoting healthy living through running and hosting social runs and organizing several charity races.

While hosting an exchange student from The Netherlands from 2018-2019, the connection with the Lone Star Field Hockey Club began, initially as a player’s host parent and active supporter of the club. Now he is enjoying the opportunity to share his love for the sport by helping coach our Juniors (U8s, U10s & U12s) in Dallas, hoping to continue to grow the popularity of field hockey in Texas.

Andrew Simpson

Dallas Coach

I have been playing hockey for over 20 years. Prior to moving to Dallas in I was playing competitively for the Westside Wolves Hockey Club in Peth Australia. I first started playing hockey when I was 8 years old and played for Wolves for my entire junior and senior career.  Andrew has been playing and coaching with Lone Star since 2020.

Rachel Stefano

Dallas Coach

Rachel grew up in New Jersey and began playing field hockey when she was 4-years old. Her mother was an All-American at Penn State and coached field hockey in the town she grew up in, so Rachel was always following her mom around and playing with the big girls. At Moorestown High School, she won four league titles and three sectional titles. Her senior year she was named a New Jersey Regional All-American, the Burlington County Player of the Year, and Second Team All-State. She played for Mystx Field Hockey Club in Pennsylvania for five years and had the opportunity to compete at national tournaments all over the United States.

After high school, Rachel went on to play Division I field hockey at American University. In 2016, she helped her team win the Patriot League Championship and was named to the All-Tournament Team. She was also named to the All Patriot League Second Team three times in her career at American.

Playing field hockey has given Rachel the opportunity to travel all around the world and play in countries such as England and The Netherlands. Following her retirement from competitive play, Rachel now enjoys coaching and passing on her passion for the game to younger generations.

Alyssa Weiss

Dallas Coach

Alyssa grew up in Potomac, Maryland where she started playing field hockey in 5th grade. Alyssa participated in the USFHA Futures program throughout high school. She also played club field hockey and played for many years in the National Field Hockey Festival, Disney Showcase & National Indoor Tournament. Alyssa was the varsity captain of her high school team in her Senior year and earned First Team All County, First Team All Gazette & Team Defensive MVP awards. Alyssa played at Yale University from 2013 – 2017, and earned the team’s Amanda Walton Award in her senior year.  Alyssa began coaching at Lone Star Dallas in 2018.  

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