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Presenters 2024

Jackie Cox

Haverford Field Hockey Coach

Jackie Cox enters her 14th year as head coach of Haverford College field hockey during the 2022 season. The winningest coach in program history, Cox has guided the Fords to a 126-91 record during her career. She reached her milestone 100th career victory during the 2019 season with a 3-2 win on the road against Eastern.

Cox’s teams have qualified for the Centennial Conference Tournament nine times during her tenure. This includes the Fords playing for the conference championship game during the 2010 and 2012 seasons. The Fords won a program-record 14 games during both of those seasons. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Cox also assists all Haverford student-athletes as an assistant strength & conditioning coach within the athletic department.

Four players have been named NFHCA All-Americans under Cox’s guidance, including 2010 Centennial Conference Player of the Year Alex Waleko ’11. Most recently, Ravenel Davis '21 was named All-America following a stellar senior campaign that saw the forward capture Haverford's Varsity Cup award.

Sarah Waldis ’16 was additionally honored as Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year during her senior season and is one of 27 All-Centennial Conference honorees under Cox’s leadership. Her teams have also excelled in the classroom as the Fords have earned the NFHCA National Team Academic Award every year while Haverford has accounted for 215 selections to the NFHCA Academic Squad since the 2010 season, including nine Scholars of Distinction.

A member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, Cox came to Haverford after spending the previous four years as the top assistant coach at her alma mater, nearby St. Joseph’s University. Cox’s duties included overseeing the team’s strength and conditioning program as well as coordinating practices and recruiting. In Cox’s four seasons at St. Joseph’s, the Hawks were twice Atlantic 10 runners-up, earned one Philadelphia City Six title, and never finished below the top four in the A-10 conference. Cox began her coaching career at her high school alma mater, Episcopal Academy, where she assisted Gina Buggy, one of the most successful scholastic coaches in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

As a player, Cox earned a reputation as a gritty and scrappy defender for the Hawks. After playing her first two collegiate seasons at Lafayette, Cox transferred to SJU where she played in 35 games on Hawk Hill, making 21 starts. She was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and also received the team's Vasquez Award for exemplifying the Jesuit value of being a "person for others." In the summer of 2006, Cox represented the United States at the Maccabi Australia International Games in Sydney.

Cox, who has earned Level I & II USA Field Hockey Coaching Accreditation, was an assistant coach for the 2011 New Jersey Region Junior High Performance Team.

Cox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and Master of Education in elementary education from St. Joseph’s University in 2006. She also is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has taught exercise and spinning classes at Main Line area fitness centers. She and her husband Adrian were married in June of 2010 and live in Wynnewood, Pa.

Katie Salem

Towson Field Hockey Coach

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Katie Gerzabek Salem has been named the head coach of the Towson University field hockey program, announced December 13, 2022 by Director of Athletics Steve Eigenbrot. Gerzabek Salem, previously the head coach of Rhodes College, becomes the 13th coach in program history. 

Gerzabek Salem served as the head coach at Rhodes for the past two seasons. During that time, she made great strides in the development of the program, winning the 2021 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) conference tournament and the 2022 SAA regular season. Rhodes' 14 wins in 2022 marked a five-win improvement over the 2021 team that Gerzabek Salem inherited, helping the Lynx finish as the sixth-ranked team in the Division III Region IV regional rankings. Her coaching staff earned 2022 SAA Coaching Staff of the Year. 

She finished with a 23-9 overall record over two seasons at the helm of the Lynx, coaching a SAA Offensive Player of the Year, a SAA Newcomer of the Year, 12 all-conference selections and one regional All-American. Gerzabek Salem was responsible for gameplan and practice design, strength and conditioning program development, recruiting, scheduling and fundraising in collaboration with her assistant coach. 

Prior to Rhodes, Gerzabek Salem was an assistant coach at Syracuse University for three seasons (2018-20). There, she directed all aspects of recruiting and assisted students through the college admissions process. Her primary responsibility with the Orange was technical and tactical development of the front five players on the field. She also conducted video analysis of practices and games, organized alumni relations and assisted with the team's social media administration. 

Before Syracuse, Gerzabek Salem served as an assistant coach on Temple University's staff for three seasons (2015-17). Her primary responsibility with the Owls was technical and tactical development of the offense. In addition, she organized and implemented practice and gameplans plus conducted video analysis for the team. Off the field, she was responsible for planning and organizing the team's travel, working closely with academic advisors to monitor student-athlete academic progress and helping to promote the team's social media accounts. 

During her tenure with Syracuse, she worked as an assistant coach for the USA Indoor National Team leading up to the 2020 Rohrmax Cup in Vienna, Austria. She helped with the tournament's athlete selection process, assisted the head coach with practice plans, prepared video meetings and presented game debriefs and individual feedback to the team. 

Gerzabek Salem started coaching for USA Field Hockey as a Futures site assistant. She became a site director then was named a USA Field Hockey Futures head coach in 2015. She held that role for seven years, also serving as a mentor and team manager for the U19 national team during competition in Germany in 2016. Coupled with her collegiate and national coaching endeavors, she has coached three club field hockey teams since 2013. 

Prior to her coaching career, Gerzabek Salem had an illustrious collegiate career with the University of Maryland. She played for the Terrapins from 2011-14, winning a national championship as a freshman and numerous individual awards over four seasons. She was selected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Mid-Atlantic Region First Team in 2011 and 2014, NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team in 2012 and 2013 and was named an NFHCA Third Team All-American in 2014. Gerzabek Salem also received second team all-conference honors in the Big Ten (2014) and ACC (2013). 

Gerzabek Salem's playing career with USA Field Hockey began on junior national teams in 2009. She competed in the 2012 Junior Pan American Games in Mexico and the 2013 Junior World Cup in Germany. Starting in 2011, she played for the USA Indoor National Team for 11 years. 

Gerzabek Salem graduated from Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and exercise science in 2015. She added her Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration in 2017. 

Gerzabek Salem has USA Field Hockey Level I and Level II Coaching Certifications and a Federation of International Hockey (FIH) Level I Coaching Certification. She is also a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and USA Field Hockey.

Krystina Bertolone

Coach K Game Changers

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Former collegiate softball player, division 2 pitcher, two time captain. Graduated with my bachelors in Exercise Science, and received my Masters of Education in Curriculum Writing. Taught physical education and coached high school field hockey for the last 14 years in CT. Created "Game Changers" in 2018 as a resource for my athletes to support them with areas that they felt they lacked and in 2020 it became quite apparent that there was a void in the world of athletics and I was determined to help fill it. I started helping individual athletes and two college teams with their own weaknesses and fast forward to today I now work with hundreds of athletes, coaches and their teams with mental performance resources and skills so they can perform at their highest level in and out of sports. Game Changers does not operate as a one size fits all system.  Everything we do is tailored to each individual athlete, team and/or coach, because we understand and value that everyone is different, has different needs and we want to embrace and empower each individual with what works for them.  At the end of the day I want to do what I can to empower each and every client that comes to me with the tools and resources necessary to get out of their heads and into living their best life.

Noelle Frost 

Towson University Assistant Coach
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Noelle Frost joins Towson after serving as a volunteer assistant with the University of Maryland field hockey program since March of 2022.
 
With the Terps, Frost assisted in teaching technical skill and tactical knowledge, specializing in goalkeeping player development. The team finished as BIG10 regular season champions and NCAA Division I national semifinalists, and the coaching staff was named National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Mid-Atlantic Coaching Staff of the Year following the 2022 season.
 
While concurrently coaching with Maryland, Frost served as a goalkeeping coach with Johns Hopkins University. The team finished as Centennial conference regular season and tournament champions, as well as NCAA Division III national runner ups. The coaching staff earned the 2022 NFHCA Division III Region V Coaching Staff of the Year.
 
Noelle graduated from the University of Maryland in December 2021 with bachelor's degrees in kinesiology and communications. Frost was a three-year starter on the University of Maryland's field hockey team, including appearances on the 2016, 2018 and 2019 BIG10 conference champion teams and the 2017 BIG10 tournament champion team. She was featured on the national runner up teams in 2017 and 2018, and the NCAA semifinalist team in 2021. During her college career, Noelle was a member of the United States National Indoor Field Hockey Team where she competed at the international level.
 
Frost has USA Field Hockey Level I and Level II Coaching Certifications, a Level I Umpire Certification and is SafeSport certified.

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JILL COSSE

West Essex Head Coach
NJ Grit Director

Head Coach at West Essex High School where she and her teams have won over 500 games in her 25 year career. In 2021, she brought her team to its 38th consecutive Sectional Title, 4th consecutive State Title, and 20th overall State Title.  The team has been ranked #2 in NJ by NJ.com, and competed in the 2021 Semi Finals of the Tournament of Champions (TOC). Jill stepped down from lacrosse in 2018, where her win record was 301-113-3, making her overall record at West Essex 783 -154 -14. She has had 90 WEFH athletes go on to play in college, with 31 earning the title of captain on their college team. In 1995, at just 23 years old, Jill was named the Inaugural Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, and 1st Assistant Field Hockey for Kean University, where she was also an adjunct teacher from 1995-1997. Jill played Field Hockey and Lacrosse at The College of NJ, where she was a 2 time All American in Lacrosse, a 1 time All American in Field Hockey, and captained both her teams. She won 5 National Championships and played in 8 National Championship games in her career. Jill has been inducted into the Wall High School Hall of Fame, USLacrosse NJ Hall of Fame, The College of NJ Hall of Fame and the the NJSIAA Hall of Fame.  In 2021 Jill was selected the National Coach of the Year by USAFH, along with the 2021 NJ Coach of the year by Max Field Hockey.  For 2022 Jill also received the NJSIAA Trailblazer Award.

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