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Head Coach Alex Gheorghe grew up in Romania where he played on the National team at all age levels. Alex began his career as a goalkeeper and subsequently transitioned to midfield. He continues to hone his skills, playing at the highest level in the Northeast Region as Captain of the Rye Men's Team in the NEFHA league. He also competes with top-tier international players in events such as the California Cup and Big Apple International Indoor Championship.


Alex began his coaching career at a young age, volunteering to coach youth players in Romania while still playing himself. He earned recognition from the FIH for his effort as a youth coach while in Romania. He has dedicated his time to understanding the finer aspects of the game, from the smallest technical detail to the broader strategies of game play.


Coach Alex brings unmatched passion and love of the game that he imparts to his players and teammates. He is devoted to developing his players to be the best that they can be.




  • Head Coach East Coast High Performance Boys U21
  • Former USA National Indoor Women's Coach

  •  AAU Junior Olympic Games Coach

  • Founder/Director AGH Hockey Club 

  • Futures National Championship Coach U16

  • Rye Field Hockey Academy – Co-Founder/Co-Director

  • Romanian National Hockey Team, Head Coach–Women's (Gold Medalist)

  • Fairfield County United – Coach

  • Sacred Heart, Greenwich CT – Varsity Head Coach

  • USA Futures Program Coach Level 1

  • European Balkan Youth Summer Camps, Albena (Bulgaria) - Head Coach

  • Sportive Club “Antilopa/CSS4”- Head Coach (multiple gold medalist)

  • FIH Youth Leadership Certificate of Coaching, Umpiring & scouting for Romania



  • Romanian National Team Player (All ages)  (Gold Medalist)

  • NEFHA League -The largest adult league In East Coast

  • Cal Cup Super Division , JDH Team

  • 4 Goals Cup Gold Medalist

  • USA Indoor National Club Championship

  • USA Big Apple International Tournament



  • Ecological University of Bucharest in Physical Education and Sport

  • BA in Physical Education and Sport

  • National Center for Coaches of Training and Development of Field Hockey

  • USA Field Hockey  – Level 2

  • National Umpire Seminar





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Italian Men's National Team Member

(U16, U18 & U21)


Abdel grew up in Italy, playing for the Cus Torino Hockey Club advancing to the 1st Division at age 15 where his team won 3 division titles.  A striker and midfielder, he continued his field hockey career in France where he played for the Paris Jean Boin team for 2 years in the 1st Division. In 2014 Abdel returned home to Turin, Italy where his team won the league championship. Coach Abdel has a long history of coaching and developing youth players and was responsible for coaching U12s at the young age of 15.  Abdel has also worked full time in schools, working with children from 6 to 17 years of age.  In the US, Abdel coaches club and he competes in the NEFHA league for Rye FHC




Coach Kelly Marks

USA Women’s U21 National Team Member &

Division I - University of Albany Player


Kelly began her field hockey career playing for elite club powerhouse, X-Calibur, where her team won their pools at both the National Field Hockey Festival and National Indoor Tournament.  She went on to play Division I at Old Dominion University where her team finished in the NCAA final four in 2011.  Transferring to Division I University of Albany, she was co-captain and led her team to the NCAA final four in 2014.  In 2011, Kelly was selected to the US Women’s U21 National Team.

Kelly has coached in numerous camps and clinics for her university programs and has strong experience coaching youth players