Chelsea Piers Starts Field Hockey Program with 18-Year DHS Coach Mo Minicus

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Mo Minicus, head field hockey coach at Darien High School for 18 years, has been named one of two coaches of a field hockey program starting up this September at Chelsea Piers, the Stamford sports complex a mile from Darien.

The new program will include field hockey training “from learn-to-play youth programs to indoor leagues and competitive club teams,” Chelsea Piers said in an announcement Friday.

The announcement described the program this way:

  • “The 2018-19 season will launch in September with weekly skill development clinics for girls ages 9-14.  Chelsea Piers expects to field clubs for girls age 9-18, with team tryouts scheduled for late November.
  • “The competitive club will play an indoor winter season, as well as turf and outdoor play in spring and summer.  Skill development clinics and camps will be held throughout the year.
  • “The Chelsea Piers Field Hockey Club also expects to host the first-ever Fairfield County indoor play college showcase event in early 2019.”

The Announcement

Here’s the news release:

Chelsea Piers is pleased to announce the inaugural season of Chelsea Piers Field Hockey Club under the leadership of Coaches Mo Minicus and Emily Townsend Prince.  Chelsea Piers Field Hockey will span the spectrum of field hockey training from learn-to-play youth programs, to indoor leagues and competitive club teams.

“We are pleased to welcome Coach Minicus and Coach Townsend Prince to the Chelsea Piers Connecticut team” said Greta Wagner, executive vice president at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.

“When we set out to create our elite Field Hockey Club, we knew Mo and Emily were the best coaches to help develop a top-notch program where players compete at the highest level and are prepared to compete in college”

Mo Minicus Field Hockey Coach DHS Chelsea Piers

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Mo Minicus, DHS head field hockey coach for the past 18 years, will be one of two coaches in the new field hockey program starting this September at Chelsea Piers.

The head coaching duo promises to build a foundational field hockey program that develops the complete athlete, focusing on athletics, teamwork, character and academics to create the most successful high school and collegiate players.

“Field Hockey is an incredible sport.  We are committed to building a great program with strong foundations,” said Jeff Brameier, Director of the Field House at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.

“With Coaches Minicus and Townsend Prince leading our program, we are confident that we can give all girls interested in field hockey, from novice to college bound, an incredible learning and playing experience.”

Minicus

Coach Minicus, a stand-out two sport varsity athlete and All-American at Williams College, brings over 25 years of coaching experience to the new Chelsea Piers program.

Her coaching experience at both the collegiate and high school levels has resulted in a plethora of “coach of the year” and “hall of fame” awards. For the past 18 years Minicus has been head coach at Darien High School, guiding the girls to multiple FCIAC and Connecticut State championships. She lives in Darien.

Townsend Prince

“I am so excited to be partnering with both Chelsea Piers and Emily Townsend Prince,” she said.  “Chelsea Piers is a state of the art facility that will become home to our field hockey players and families. Emily is a coach I have admired and respected for years.  Together, we are going to build an incredibly successful field hockey program.”

Coach Townsend Prince is also another example of the complete athlete.  Townsend graduated from Princeton in 2003, a three-time NCAA D1 All-American, two-year captain and All Ivy league player.

Emily Townsend Prince Chelsea Piers King School

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Emily Townsend Prince

Townsend Prince took her field hockey skills and quickly became a renowned coach throughout Fairfield County.  She combines her passion for coaching field hockey with a deep interest in mentoring high school age athletes and helping them navigate the often daunting college admissions process.

Through her work in both field hockey and in college guidance at the King School, she has a deep understanding of how to mentor high school students, allowing them to make confident decisions and choices.

The Program

The Chelsea Piers Field Hockey Club will utilize four competition, quality hardwood, official field hockey playing surfaces and a full-size Nextfield (rubber fill-“free”) turf field for field hockey training.

Club players will also participate in CP360, an off-field weekly training program designed to improve an athlete’s physical condition/balance and reduce injury risk.

“I am beyond thrilled to partner with a facility and powerhouse athletic club like Chelsea Piers,” Townsend Prince said.  “In addition, I am teaming up with one of the best coaches ever — Mo Minicus.

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“We all share the vision of supporting girls as they develop skills, both as competitive athletes and compassionate individuals.  Our combined visions will allow us to launch and establish a field hockey program that delivers exceptional experiences for players of all ages and abilities.”

The 2018-19 season will launch in September with weekly skill development clinics for girls ages 9-14.  Chelsea Piers expects to field clubs for girls age 9-18, with team tryouts scheduled for late November.

The competitive club will play an indoor winter season, as well as turf and outdoor play in spring and summer.  Skill development clinics and camps will be held throughout the year.

The Chelsea Piers Field Hockey Club also expects to host the first-ever Fairfield County indoor play college showcase event in early 2019.

About Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers Athletic Club provides an unprecedented opportunity for student-athletes across eight sports to train and compete under one unified banner.

CP-AC athletes have full access to both off-surface training, led by certified personal trainers in our dedicated Competitive Team Training Center, and on-surface coaching in their sport of choice.

Our world-class facilities attract top-level instructors from around the world, including seasoned and certified youth coaches with Olympic, NCAA and professional backgrounds.

Their goal is to prepare athletes for success, not only in their sport of choice through age-appropriate goal setting and training, but also in their lives through the development of essential teamwork and leadership skills.

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