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Stephanie Bernthal Elevated to Associate Head Coach
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 12/15/2016
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – Spider Hockey head coach Gina Lucido has announced that Stephanie Bernthal has been elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach.

"Stephanie’s ability to compliment my vision for Richmond Field Hockey with utmost maturity and passion is outstanding," Lucido said. "She took on an enormous challenge in leading our next generation of goalkeepers and hit the ground running.  Her detail-oriented coaching style over the defensive unit has laid a strong foundation and expanded our tactical level of play." 

"There is tremendous value and purpose behind everything Stephanie does to advance our program," said Lucido. "Her wisdom and discernment are noted strengths that significantly influence our work of building women into mentor leaders. Stephanie’s hunger to drive Richmond towards new history has made a fresh impact on our recruiting strategies and player development. Daily I am grateful and blessed to have such a phenomenal woman of integrity and giftedness by my side."

Bernthal just finished her third season with the Spiders, where she guided the defense to a 1.39 goals against average. Two Spider defenders garnered All-Atlantic 10 honors in sophomore Thalia Williamson and freshman Amanda DaSilva.  Bernthal was instrumental in developing a strong goal keeping unit after 1st team All-American Anna Zarkoski graduated in 2014. In her inaugural season goalkeeper Kelly Wentling garnered A-10 Championship MVP in the title game victory.  Bernthal led 2015 season rookies freshmen Emily Braunewell and sophomore Amanda Hoyt in dual starting roles and a regular season Championship.  She courageously implemented two defensive systems of play in 2016 with 14 underclassmen and only 4 players with 3years experience in the starting line-up.

Prior to joining Lucido on the Richmond sidelines, Bernthal was the head coach at Bethany College. While there, she was charged with launching the Bison field hockey program, the lone collegiate field hockey program in West Virginia. She coordinated all aspects of the start-up program without an assistant.

Bernthal also made stops at Christopher Newport and Stow-Monroe Falls High School. She is an active coaching member of the USFHA Futures developmental program, and has simultaneously directed and coached both the Richmond Area futures site for local athleties and the Level 1 site, which trains the top young athletes in the south region. 

She is a 2008 graduate of Kent State University where she was a four-year starter on defense. She captained the 2008 Golden Flash squad to top-20 national ranking, Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season championship, MAC Tournament championship and NCAA appearance. 

 


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