NEWTON, NJ-- The tradition of excellence continues in Sussex County as the Newton High School Head Field Hockey Coach, Lisa Bechtel, gears up for the Lady Braves’ 21st summer field hockey camp. This fall will mark the start of Coach Bechtel’s 29th year as the Coach of the Newton High School Field Hockey Team, a program with staggering accomplishments that include 2014, 2015 and 2016 New Jersey State Section Championships, 13 League Championships, the New Jersey Herald “Team of the Year” for 2014 and 2016, and the Mugs Media/F-S Automall “Team of the Year" for 2014 and 2015.

Bechtel, with over 400 wins, was named the New Jersey Herald “Coach of the Year” for 2014 and 2015, and the Mugs Media/F-S Automall “Coach of the Year” for 2015 and 2016. In 2007, Bechtel was inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. An integral part of the team’s success, as well as the Lady Braves summer camp, are coaches Mary Licata and Ashley Meisinger. Licata will be entering her 23rd year as the Newton Field Hockey Junior Varsity and Goalie Coach, and Ashley Meisinger, a former Newton High School Varsity standout player, will be entering her 6th year as the Freshmen Coach.

 As the Lady Braves Summer Camp enters its twenty-first year, it seeks to continue its mission of teaching basic skills to new players, and giving experienced players the tools they need to take their game to the next level.  The all-star camp staff includes: 

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  • Coach Meg Waldron, former Newton High School and Halsted Field Hockey Coach,
  • Coach Amiee Stormes, Halsted Head Field Hockey Coach,
  • Natalie Rivas, former Newton High School Varsity player, 2016 Player of the Year, and current player at Johnson & Wales University,
  • Nicole Rizzo, former Newton High School Varsity player, 2015 Player of the Year, and current player at Vassar College,
  • Brittany Schumann, former Newton High School Varsity player, currently playing for the University of Scranton, and
  • Emily Weis, former Newton High School Varsity player, currently playing club at Sacred Heart University. 

The coaching staff will emphasize the fundamentals of field hockey, such as dribbling, driving, dodging, stick-stops, lifting, tackling, scooping, and shooting, as well as offensive and defensive drills.

Special coaching staff guests include Kristin Gaitan, a former Lady Brave and Montclair State University All American player and current Assistant Director and Youth Coach for the Skylands Field Hockey Association, and Rob Agnoli, owner of NJ Muscle, LLC.  Rob will instruct participants on dynamic warmup, stretching for speed, strength training and conditioning.

The camp is specifically designed for girls entering grades three to twelve. Camp fees are  $165 for grades three to eight, and $190 for grades nine to twelve, with discounts for siblings. Fees includes group and individual instruction, insurance, facilities, equipment, camp T-shirt, guest speakers, prizes and light refreshments. The 2018 camp will take place at Newton High School from July 30 through August 2.

Brochures and registration forms are on the Newton High School website. Contacting Bechtel directly at lbechtel@newtonnj.org.  The registration deadline is July 23 and space is limited.