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Jennifer T., Wayne, NJ Field Hockey Coach

Jennifer T.

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Former All American Field Hockey player and Head Coach at Ramapo College that is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their goals and improve their play. View all coaching experience

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1 session package with Coach Jennifer. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$70 1 session + one-time fee

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3 session package with Coach Jennifer. 60 minute session length

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$195 3 sessions ($65/ea) + one-time fee

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5 session package with Coach Jennifer. 60 minute session length

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$325 5 sessions ($65/ea) + one-time fee

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10 session package with Coach Jennifer. 60 minute session length

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$650 10 sessions ($65/ea) + one-time fee

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  • Montclair State University (NJ)

  • 4 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfielder, Goalkeeper, Fullback, Forward

  • passing, Through pass, Tackling, Shooting, Set play, Scanning, Reverse stick, Jab, Hitting, Give And Go, Block tackle, Ball Control, Back pass, Advancing

Credentials

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

  • 4 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

Services

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfielder, Goalkeeper, Fullback, Forward

  • passing, Through pass, Tackling, Shooting, Set play, Scanning, Reverse stick, Jab, Hitting, Give And Go, Block tackle, Ball Control, Back pass, Advancing

More About Coach Jennifer

I am currently the Head Field Hockey Coach at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Prior to working at Ramapo, I was the full time Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Rhodes College located in Memphis Tennessee. I was responsible for assisting in all aspects of continuing the successful Division III program. My duties included but were not limited to recruiting prospective student athletes, planning and administering practice, game day preparation, and film exchange and breakdown.

I was the Graduate Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Frostburg State University located in Frostburg Maryland from August 2014 until May of 2016. My duties include assisting Head Coach Carly Sweeney with all day-to-day operations of running a successful Division III collegiate field hockey program. These such obligations include recruiting student-athletes, practice planning, game strategy, scouting, film breakdown, along with arranging travel accommodations.

During the winter and summer, I am an assistant coach for Quik Stix Elite field hockey club based in Northern New Jersey. As a team we travel to showcases and tournaments all over the nation. At practices, I help develop drills as well as demonstrating and instructing a range of skills for the players to learn to then incorporate into game play. Along with group instructions, I excel in a 1-on-1 coaching environment, working directly with players to improve certain skill sets.

I also was an assistant coach for Futures based in North Arlington New Jersey. Players participating in Futures have a range of skill levels. As a coach, I focus on the importance of mastering basic skills to put them towards elite skills. This allows the advanced players to perfect these skills while less experienced players can be introduced to them and can acquire these skills.

I have coached in Montclair, assisting with the Montclair High School team during the spring of 2013. I would officiate scrimmages while giving individual and group feedback. Working with a team is a different dynamic than working with individual players or a club team comprised of athletes on different high school teams. This let me demonstrate elite skills to the team while also teaching them the importance of teamwork and hard work.

Along with my other experience, I coached the Revolution Field Hockey Camp at Montclair State University for the past two years. This camp has a range of ages of 12-18. Many of the players attending this camp are repeat campers, that get a sleep away experience in college dorms. College coaches from all over the Tri-state area coach these players an array of skills. Each day incorporates different skill sets into the drills focusing on offensive skills one day and defensive skills the next. We emphasized the conceptual aspects of the game and then worked them into drills to build into live play.

I also am a former Division III All American field hockey player. As a core member the Montclair State Field Hockey team, we captured back to back NJAC conference championships my junior and senior year, as well as participating in the NCAA tournament my sophomore, junior and senior years. I was lucky to have the experience of advancing to the National Championship Finals and being named an All American as a junior.

The levels of play that I have worked with range from 7th and 8th graders all the way to collegiate athletes. I've worked with athletes all over the place, from Milburn to North Arlington to Montclair. As an elite athlete, I personally like working with more advanced players, to help with higher level skills, but I also enjoy working on basic and lower level skills as well. One thing that I will always emphasize is to always give 110%. No matter what your skill level, if you work hard and do the best you can, thats all I can ask from you as a coach. A mentor of mine wisely stated, "Praise effort, not outcome."

As a player at Montclair State University, I played in many positions from defense, midfield and offense. My main position would be center mid but I've had experience playing all over the field. I had 86 game appearances starting the majority of the games since my sophomore year. In my 4 year career I put up 47 goals and 26 assists for 120 points becoming the 2nd highest point total in program history, just 17 points shy from the number one spot. Over the four years I have been lucky to receive many accolades which can be seen below.

Synapse Sports Division III First Team All-American 2013
~ Tafro, the NJAC Midfielder of the Year, First-Team All-NJAC selection and 2012 NFHCA All-American totaled 53 points on 21 goals and 11 assists becoming just the second player in MSU history to score 20 goals in a season. Tafro also became the second player to surpass the 100-point mark for a career finishing second all-time with 120 points. She also finished second in career goals scored (47) and is third all-time in assists (26).

Division III NFHCA South Atlantic First-Team All-Region 2012 & 2013
~ 2013 - Tafro earns her second First-Team honor in as many seasons after leading the team and the New Jersey Athletic Conference in points, goals and assists. The 2012 NFHCA All-American totaled 53 points on 21 goals and 11 assists becoming just the second player in MSU history to score 20 goals in a season. Tafro also became the second player to surpass the 100-point mark for a career finishing second all-time with 120 points. She also finished second in career goals scored (47) and is third all-time in assists (26). Tafro, the NJAC Midfielder of the Year and First-Team All-NJAC selection, registered six multiple-goal contests, including two apiece in wins over Ramapo, Misericordia, William Paterson and FDU-Florham before notching her first career hat trick with three goals in the regular-season finale against Gwynedd Mercy. She had a goal and an assist in the Red Hawks NJAC Tournament semifinal win over Richard Stockton and picked up the assist on the game-winning goal as Montclair knocked off TCNJ 1-0 in the conference title contest. Tafro netted the game-winning goal in the second overtime lifting MSU to a 1-0 over Mount Holyoke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

2012 - Tafro leads the team in scoring with 43 points and became the eighth player in program history to record double digits in both goals and assists in the same season. Tafro has 15 goals and 13 assists for 43 points, the latter number the fourth-highest single-season total in school history.

NFHCA Division III Senior All-Star Game Recipient 2013
~ Was selected to play in All-Star game, and ended the season with a team leading 21 goals and 11 assists with a total of 53 points on the season.

NJAC Midfielder of the Year 2013
~ Tafro becomes the second Red Hawk to be named Midfielder of the Year joining Megan Ulicny in 2003 as the only MSU players to be selected for that honor. A now three-time All-NJAC selection, including back-to-back First-Team honors, Tafro, who became just the second player in MSU history to record 100 career points this season, leads the conference in points (50) and goals (20) and is fourth in assists (10). She registered a point in all six NJAC contests, including two goals apiece in wins over Ramapo and William Paterson and registered double digits for goals and assists in the same season for the second consecutive year.

New Jersey Athletic Conference Champions 2012 & 2013
~ 2013 Tournament - Picked up a goal and assist as top-ranked and top-seeded Montclair State downed fourth-seeded Richard Stockton 3-0 in the semifinals of the New Jersey Athletic Conference Field Hockey Tournament. In the finals, off a corner insert, Tafro fed the ball to Stephanie Lewis, who then gave the ball back to Tafro in the middle. Tafro drove in before flipping a pass to Johnston down low. Johnston then whirled and fired a shot inside the right post for her 10th goal of the year and more importantly a 1-0 Montclair State lead.

2012 Tournament - Scored a goal and assisted another during the semi-final 6-1 victory over fourth-seeded William Paterson. Scored twice and had an assisted on the other goal as third-ranked and top-seeded Montclair State claimed its first New Jersey Athletic Conference Field Hockey Championship with a 3-0 victory over 16th-ranked and No. 3 seed Rowan

First Team All New Jersey Athletic Conference - 2011, 2012, & 2013
~ 2013 - A now three-time All-NJAC selection, including back-to-back First-Team honors, Tafro, who became just the second player in MSU history to record 100 career points this season, leads the conference in points (50) and goals (20) and is fourth in assists (10). She registered a point in all six NJAC contests, including two goals apiece in wins over Ramapo and William Paterson and registered double digits for goals and assists in the same season for the second consecutive year.

2012 - Tafro garners her second straight First-Team selection. The current team leader in scoring with 43 points, Tafro became the eighth player in program history to record double digits in both goals and assists in the same season. Tafro has 15 goals and 13 assists for 43 points, the latter number the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. During NJAC play, Tafro tallied 15 points, including seven assists, both of which were third in the conference.

2011- Tafro is currently fifth on the team in scoring with nine goals and 19 points, including three goals and an assist during the six-game conference slate. Tafro ranks in the Top 20 in the NJAC in points and goals.

NJAC Offensive Player and Montclair Athlete of the Week - Week of October 6th - 13th 2013
~ Tafro, who earns the award for the second time in 2013, collected five points on two goals and two assists as she became the second player in Montclair State history to record 100 career points. She scored MSU's first and last goal in the win at FDU-Florham and then assisted on what turned out to be the difference in the victory versus the Lions. Tafro, who also came up with two defensive saves in the win against TCNJ, now has 101 career points and joined Jennifer Tanis as the only players to accomplish the feat. Tafro currently leads the NJAC in points (34) and goals scored (14) and fourth in assists (6). She is ranked 26th in Division III in goals per game (1.08) and points per game (2.62)

NJAC Offensive Player and Montclair Athlete of the Week - Week of September 8th - 15th 2013
~ Tafro registered seven points on three goals and an assist as she raised her team-leading total to 16 points this season. She scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in MSU's 3-1 win at New Paltz and then had two goals and an assist in the 5-0 win at Misericordia. The seven points by Tafro gave her 83 points for her career tying her with Jen Soss (2003-06) for fourth on the all-time MSU list. She also tied Kristen Swartz (2003-06) for seventh on the goals list with 32. Tafro currently leads the NJAC in all three scoring categories – points (16), goals (6) and assists (4).

National Runner-up for Division III Field Hockey 2012
~ For the first time in Montclair State Field Hockey history, we reached the national title game, falling to Tufts University 2-1. I was an integral asset to the team which set and broke almost every team record in the history of the program. This also was the first time a female sport from Montclair State to reach and fight for a National Title.

NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Team Award 2011 & 2012
~ Our team was awarded for our academic achievement by posting a team cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better during the Fall semester.

NFHCA Division III Academic Squad 2011, 2012, & 2013
~ To be eligible for the NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Squad, one must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher through the Fall semester.

NFHCA Division III Second Team All-American 2012
~ First player of the Montclair State Field Hockey team's history to receive All-American accolades as an underclassmen.

Synapse Sports Third Team All-American 2012
~ Tafro was the team’s leading scorer with 44 points on 15 goals and 14 assists. An All-NJAC selection, she became the seventh player in program history to record double-digits in both goals and assists in the same season. She ranked second in the league in points scored and her 14 assists were the third-best single-season total in program history. Tafro had four games with multiple goals, including the NJAC title game versus Rowan when she had a hand in all three MSU scores on two goals and an assist. She also accounted for all the Red Hawks scoring in a 3-2 win at Stevens as she registered two assists and scored a goal. Tafro collected one assist in the 3-0 win against Mary Washington in the NCAA national semifinal

NJAC Offensive Player and Montclair Athlete of the Week - Week of October 29th-Novemeber 4th 2012
~ Tafro tallied eight points in the two games on three goals and two assists. After scoring a goal and assist in a 6-1 semifinal win versus William Paterson, Tafro had a hand in all three goals as MSU claimed the championship with a 3-0 win over Rowan. Tafro helped MSU extend its winning streak to 17 games as Montclair improved to 19-1, the 19 victories tying the season record. Tafro currently leads the NJAC in assists with 13 and is third in both goals (15) and points scored. Her 43 points is also the fourth-best single-season total in school history.

My plan for sessions would vary from athlete to athlete. I would incorporate drills with different levels of fitness requirements and vary them to get the most out of the time allotted. I believe that basic skills are the key to every elite athlete, so these skills will be worked on for a period of time during sessions. With fitness and basic skills being apart of my session plan, the other drills used would be determined by the athletes skill level and goals they would like to achieve during the sessions they have with me. I am flexible with the amount of time you would like to train and pricing.

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Coach Jennifer was really great. She gave me the confidence I needed. Thank you so much!!

My daughter, who can be somewhat timid at times, was very happy and excited with the way her first session went. She is looking forward to the next session. I think that this one to one training is what my daughter needs.

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Excellent communication skills. Asked what we wanted to work on and came prepared with drills to accomplish goals. Positive attitude and very encouraging. Love Coach Jennifer! Hope to work with her again.

Coach Jenny was amazing!My daughter had zero experience and Jenny showed her some basic skills that gave my daughter the confidence she was lacking.A great experience!

Coach Jennifer was excellent at working on technique, she has a natural teaching style that really helped my daughter break down each skill and understand the nuances that she hadn't really had the chance to learn/perfect up until now. She walked away from her first hour with so much knowledge and can't wait for future sessions with this wonderful coach.

I learned so much just from one session. She knows a lot about the game and different things that can take your skill to the next level.

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