Our Coaches

Ellis Chance

Assistant coach at LIU Post… Assistant Coach at Drew University from 2008-10…Trinidad National Team 1994-02…Played at the Commonwealth Games, Pan-Am Games, CAC Games and the Caribbean Games…Coach at Malvern USA Field Hockey Club in 2001 and Impact Field Hockey Club in 2009… Coached field hockey camps at University of North Carolina, James Madison University, University of Maryland, Bloomsburg University as well as several international camps

Isabella DeLiso

A graduate of Cold Spring Harbor High School, All-County 2008, All-Conference 2009…selected as one of Long Island Newsday’s “Players To Watch” 2009…reached Nassau County semifinals 2008 and 2009…participated USFH Futures program …participated in 2009 USFHA Regional Rumble, National Festival 2009…played in Nassau/Suffolk County Indoor League 2007-2009… received the International Hockey Federation Youth Leader Award in 2009… served as a U.S. Field Hockey Association Chula Vista California World Cup Qualifier Volunteer Ambassador 2010 … Played forward for Catholic University of America.

Gianna Marro

Lasting Legacy coach since 2016.  Wilton, CT Middle School Coach 2011-2012.  Prior to her collegiate play at Fairfield University, Gianna played for Smithtown East High School where earned in 2008, High School All-American and New York All-State accolades.  Gianna was also selected to Newsday’s Top High School Player to Watch in 2007 and 2008.

Hunter Bracale

Hunter is a native from Hersey, Pennsylvania where she excelled as a 3 sport athlete; soccer, basketball and field hockey, earning 12 varsity and numerous awards in all 3 sports at Lower Dauphin High school.  A four- year starter and true standout in field hockey, she was a 2-time team captain helping her team win the PIAA State Championships in 2009 and 2013. In 2013, Hunter earned Mid-Penn player of the year, All-State and All-American honorees and was a finalist for the Pennsylvania female athlete of the year award. She was a member of the U19 USA national team and was a top 20 MAX field hockey overall recruit. 

Hunter continued her field hockey career at Duke University where she was a 3-year starter in the midfield for the Blue Devils. While at Duke, the Blue Devils earned 2 Final Four appearances and were National Finalists in 2013. The Blue Devils won the ACC championship in 2016 and qualified for the NCAA tournament all 4 years, entering as the number 1 overall seed her senior year. 

Hunter continues to stay active in coaching both highschool and club field hockey teams as well as coaching many college camps, clinics and futures programs.

Madalyn Conklin

Madalyn Conklin started coaching at Lasting Legacy in 2021. Conklin served as the head coach of Cold Spring Harbor Middle School for 2020 and 2021 seasons.  As a player, Conklin enjoyed a successful playing career at Cornell University. A four-year starter for the Big Red, she served as a captain her senior season. She earned First-Team All-Ivy League, All-Academic All-Ivy, Synapse Sports Third Team All-America, Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-Mideast Region as a senior (2019). She earned Second-Team All-Ivy League as a junior (2018) and Honorable Mention All-Ivy as a sophomore (2017).

After Cornell, Conklin continued her field hockey career and studies at Swansea University (2020). Conklin competed for Swansea Hockey Club in the English Premier League. She also played in the BUCS South Premier Division which has consistently proven to be the best university hockey club in Wales. 

A graduate from North Shore High School, Conklin earned five varsity letters and was named a Northeast Regional All-American her senior year (2015). Conklin was a four-time all-state and all-county selection. As a member of the Strong Island Field Hockey club, she participated in the AAU Junior Olympics and the National Futures Championship. She has participated in Futures, Futures Elite, and Future Level One Training.

Guest Coaches

Ali Murdoch

Ali has been a member of Monkstown Hockey Club, (founded in 1894 in Dublin, Ireland) since he was 11 years old. He played on all of the youth travel teams winning Under 16, Under 19 and Under 21 championships and represented Leinster for two years in the Under 21 Interprovincial championships. Ali also played on Monkstown’s Senior Mens’ team, a Division 1 National League Team,  for 17 years captaining them for 2 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.

He coached in the 200+ Monkstown “colts” system for several years prior to moving to the US and he got involved first with Northport Youth Hockey and then with Lasting Legacy as his own daughters started playing more competitively. Ali has been in and around the sport of hockey all his life, his father having also played for Monkstown for many years in the 1960’s.  Ali coached the Lasting Legacy U14 Storm travel team from 2013 to 2015 helping them achieve a national ranking of 8 in 2015 and now guest coaches the U16 Storm team following his move to Austin, Texas.  The U16 Storm team achieved a National Ranking of #6 in August 2017.

Stephane Vehrle-Smith

Professional Hockey Player Holcombe, England Hockey Club Since 2012…Maxifuel Supersixes Men’s Division 2013… Brazil Senior Men’s Team Bronze Medal South American Championship 2013…Played for Marden Russets (England), Hampstead & Westminster (England), Rot Weiss Munchen (Germany) Clubs…Kent County U13/U14/U15/U21…English Men’s National League… British University Games 2008, Saxon Tigers (Great Britain Super League competition) 2011.

David Francois

FIH Coach…PAHF Coaching Instructor…Past head Coach Trinidad and Tobago Senior and Junior Women’s National Teams…International Coaching and Playing Experience 1989-Present World Cup Qualifiers, Indoor Pan Am Cup, Commonwealth Games, CAC Games, Australia, Austria, Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, Germany, England, Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica…7-Time Player of the Year Trinidad and Tobago.  David runs an Indoor Field Hockey Clinic for Lasting Legacy annually at the start of the winter season.

Maggie Giddens

Played at Michigan State 2002-2006…Volunteer Assistant Coach Miami University Field Hockey 2006-2008…USAFH Umpire 2006 to Present…FIH Level 1 Umpire… 2016 Summer Olympics Umpire Candidate…Selected to Umpire Germany Junior World Cup, China Asian Games, Ireland Champions Tournament, India World League, India Champions Challenge…Umpired various FIH sanctioned tournaments in Chile, Trinidad & Tobago, Scotland…Delaware’s Player of the Year…High School All American at Tower Hill…Led HS to 3 State Championships…U19 National Futures Tournament 2000 and 2001…Invited to USAFHA “A” Trials U.S. Junior National Team…