HAMILTON, NJ - With positivity and hard work as their guideposts, and a new head coach at the helm, the Nottingham High School girls’ field hockey team ended a 39 game losing streak on Monday by opening their season with a 3-0 win over Burlington City.
While Jessie Mull may have made her head coaching debut, she is certainly no stranger to the program, having started as a player on the team, going on to graduate in 2002.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Mull said she, like other students and scholar athletes, has always “bled blue and gold.”
After returning from William Paterson University to teach in one of Hamilton’s elementary schools Mull quickly transferred so that she could join the team again, serving stints as both goalie coach and junior varsity coach.
Mull also teaches special education science.
Born into a household where her grandfather’s career as a captain with the Trenton Fire Department was widely celebrated, Mull, like her brothers, Shane and Chris, both members of the Hamilton Fire Department, knew at an early age that she’d also have a career in public service.
“I always wanted to help people,” she told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville.
As for the rest of the season, Mull acknowledged that the team faces a tough challenge in their second game on Tuesday, but overall is excited about the season ahead. The players, she said, are “hard working and motivated, they want to continue to improve.”
Most importantly, Mull concluded, she wants her players to “have fun.”
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