Jenna Ries- Club Founder, Director of Recruiting, Club Director
Founder of Champions of Tomorrow, played field hockey for the University of Maryland and pursued her passion for field hockey and lacrosse after college through coaching. She has tenured success in both the Montgomery County Public School system and the Washington Catholic Area Conference. Ries, recognized three times as a Washington Post All-Met selection, is the first person to be named All-Met as both a player (1988) and a coach (2001, 2012). Ries led her teams to 14 division titles, eight Regional Championships, two State Championship Titles and four WCAC Championships. Ries was also an All-County Coach’s Selection for the 2012, 2006, 2001, 1999, 1998 seasons. She also coached Jackals field hockey to their first appearances in the A, B, C and D National Tournament Pools.
Grant began her coaching career as an assistant at Columbia University from 2010-12, where she was involved with all aspects of the program with a focus on the offensive unit.Grant also served as the head varsity field hockey coach at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, New Jersey, where she compiled a three-year record of 50-13-3 en route to three conference championships, a Mercer County championship, and the New Jersey State Prep Championship title.A 2006 graduate of Duke, Grant helped lead the Blue Devils to four NCAA tournaments, three National Championship game appearances, and a consistent top national ranking. A three-time All-American and NCAA All-Tournament Team selection, Grant holds the school record for career assists (61) and points (223) and is a two-time All-ACC selection, earning Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2005 and Rookie of the Year honors in 2002. She ranked 11th all-time in career points in Division I field hockey history and inspired the Katie Grant Offensive Player of the Year Award, given annually to the team’s top offensive player.Both during and after her collegiate career, Grant was a member of eight National Team squads and seven Junior National Teams. Most recently, she competed in the Women’s National Championship in June of 2012, leading her squad to the tournament title.Also excelling internationally, Grant has played in both the Junior World Cup and the Four-Nation Tournament in Santiago, Chile, the Junior Pan-American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Easter Tournament in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, the Honor Division in Spain, and the Montreal Cup.
Dana Allaband was a four-year starter for the James Madison University field hockey team, Allaband received a B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management. She was named the CAA Defensive Player of the year in 2014. As a senior and team captain in 2014, Allaband helped lead the Dukes to the CAA Championships. She capped her career with 1st Team All-South Region and 1st Team All CAA Conference. Allaband was a member of the U19, U16, and Women’s Indoor National teams for USA Field Hockey and has been coaching at various levels over the last 5 years. While playing with US Junior National Teams, Allaband garnered a good deal of international experience. She competed in the USA tour to the Netherlands as a member of the U16 team in 2009 and won a bronze medal, and earned the bronze medal in the Women’s Pan Am Games in Venezuela in 2010.
Leah Hunsinger– Director of U14, U12, U10
Leah is currently coaching the JV Field Hockey team at Quince Orchard High School. Before graduating from James Madison University in 2015, Leah played field hockey for two years at York College of Pennsylvania, where she received two NFHCA DIII National Academic Team Awards. Leah played field hockey and lacrosse at Quince Orchard and was a two-time field hockey State Finalist. She was a 2nd team All-County selection in 2009 and a 1st team All-County selection and All-Met Honorable Mention selection in 2010. Leah was also a member of the Jackals FH Club from 2005-2011, which yielded two National Indoor Tournament (NIT) appearances.
Alexandra is finishing up her senior year at Tufts University. A four-year starter there, she helped lead the field hockey team to a 2012 DIII National Championship. She was named an All-American selection after her senior season, as well as a three-time All-NESCAC selection, two-time All-New England selection and four-time All-Academic selection. Alexandra played field hockey and lacrosse at Quince Orchard High School and was a 1st team All-County selection in 2011 and 2012. She appeared three times at the National Futures Tournament and the Junior Olympics in 2010. Alexandra was also a member of Jackals from 2005-2012, which yielded three NIT appearances.
Came to Maryland as a greyshirt in the spring of 2012…member of the U.S. Under-19 National team and has spent time at the Olympic Training Center in California…four-year varsity starter from the Academy of the Holy Cross was named to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference First Team in each of her four years and was the 2011 WCAC Player of the Year…led Holy Cross to four straight WCAC titles and has been named All-Met by the Washington Post in 2009, 2010, 2011.
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