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Originally from upstate New York, Stephanie was an All-American soccer and lacrosse player at Union College (NY). She has spent the majority of her career working in private school education as a teacher, coach, and Athletic Director and she has also spent some time in college athletics, serving as a Head Soccer Coach and Assistant Athletic Director. In 2011, Stephanie decided to go back to school and enrolled in the Robert H. Smith School of Business MBA Program at the University of Maryland. She knew that she wanted to do something beyond teaching that was independent, creative and involved athletics, but she wasn’t sure exactly what that was at the time.
While at Maryland, Stephanie also worked part-time in the Athletic Department as an academic advisor: women’s field hockey was one of her teams. Through this position she connected with the field hockey coaching staff. Eventually, she took on an administrative role for a new club team in the Maryland area. From there she began running camps and tournaments, and even took on the role of Regional Director for USA Field Hockey’s Futures Program.
In her final semester of business school, Stephanie completed an independent study for an idea that came about through her various part-time field hockey positions. She was frustrated trying to find field hockey tournaments for the club program she was working with. There was no central place to find them and it was extremely time consuming and inefficient. Through her research, Stephanie found a huge need for a central source of accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive field hockey information. To learn about the industry and how other sports address this problem, she reached out to her previous boss, Larry Dukes. After one short conversation and hearing about the problem and Stephanie’s ideas, Larry was interested in investing in and helping turn the concept into a reality.