Wild Hawk Field Hockey Academy

Wild Hawk Field Hockey Academy
Wild Hawk Field Hockey Academy

Join UMASS Lowell's head coach, Shannon LeBlanc Hlebichuk, and assistant coach, Katie White, at McCarthy Middle School for the Wild Hawk Field Hockey Academy this summer.

Jump start your preseason with an intensive field hockey camp. This late July session is specifically designed for players to gain valuable training from the some of the country's best coaches before their season starts. The Wild Hawk Field Hockey Academy is open to players of all skill levels.

Due to the weather forecast for July 24th, we are postponing the camp one day. Camp will now run from 9am-3pm Tuesday-Thursday and 9am-12pm on Friday July 28th. 

Highlights Include

  • Instruction from prominent college coaches as well as former or current collegiate athletes
  • 10:1 Camper to staff ratio
  • Special goalkeeping instruction
  • STX sticks are awarded as prizes
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Shannon LeBlanc Hlebichuk

Shannon LeBlanc Hlebichuk

Shannon Hlebichuk has created quite the legacy in her 12 years at the helm of the UMass Lowell field hockey program. She is the longest tenured and winningest multi-year coach in program history.

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Backed by a resume that includes a pair of NCAA Division II Championships (2005, 2010) and eight Northeast-10 Conference Tournament titles (2003-07; 2010-12), Hlebichuk guided the River Hawks through their first year of NCAA Division I competition as members of the America East Conference in 2013 (2-16, 1-4). She has amassed a career record of 202-66 (.754) with a final Division II record of 200-50 (.800).

Hlebichuk has led her players to All-Conference honors 59 times and All-American recognition 41 times. With 10 consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament bids, eight of which culminated in a championship game appearance, she was a four-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Coach of the Year (2003, 2005, 2007, 2010), seven-time Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) Coach of the Year and six-time NFHCA Division II North Coach of the Year.
In 2013, the school’s inaugural year in the America East, two of Hlebichuk’s student-athletes were named to the conference’s All-Rookie Team, while two more received All-Academic Team accolades. In addition, 12 UMass Lowell field hockey team members garnered 2013 Gladiator SGI/NFHCA National Academic Squad recognition for excellence in the classroom.
UMass Lowell concluded its Division II membership with a 19-4 campaign in 2012, including its third consecutive NE-10 Tournament title and sixth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. Two members of Hlebichuk's 2012 squad were honored as All-Americans.
Named head coach in December of 2001, Hlebichuk led the River Hawks to a 9-9 clip in 2002 and into the NE-10 Tournament – the team’s first-ever postseason bid. Just one year later, UMass Lowell went 15-8, captured the NE-10 Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Championship game where it fell to Bloomsburg University (4-1).
The 2003 NCAA Championship game was the first of eight title game appearances in 10 years, coupled with semifinal showings in 2004 and 2006. On the eve of the 2003 NE-10 Tournament Championship, Hlebichuk became the third field hockey player inducted into the UMass Lowell Athletic Hall of Fame.
Outside of coaching, Hlebichuk served on the NFHCA Hall of Fame Committee from 2008-10 and was formerly Northeast Region chair of the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Committee and the NFHCA Division II All-American Committee. She also served two years on the NFHCA North-South All-Star Game Committee and was named head coach of the North Region squad in 2004 and 2005.
Every summer, Hlebichuk acts as the director of the Northeast Field Hockey Camp at The Governor's Academy in Newbury, Mass., which trains more than 150 players.
Over the span of her collegiate playing career (1994-98), Hlebichuk amassed 33 goals and 29 assists (formerly a school record), pitting her eighth on the River Hawks’ all-time scoring list. She played an integral role in helping her squad improve to a 15-4 record in 1997, up from a 5-15 clip the previous year. That year, she totaled 19 assists in 19 matches (1.00), which still stands as a Division II record for assists per game.
A two-year captain, Hlebichuk was twice named to the NFHCA All-America Team and was named the 1997-98 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Massachusetts.
Hlebichuk's prowess carried over to the classroom as she earned a spot on the NFHCA National Academic Squad three times. She was also named a GTE Academic All-American and was co-chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Hlebichuk moved on to earn her master's degree in higher education at Arizona State in 2000 where she served as a graduate assistant for student-athlete development.
She was appointed to an assistant athletic director role at UMass Lowell from 2011-13 until the institution began its Division I transition period.    
Hlebichuk and her husband Korey reside in Nashua, NH, with their daughter Liv (11).

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Katie White

Katie White

Katie White enters her third year as the UMass Lowell field hockey team's first assistant in 2014.

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In addition to working with the River Hawks' forwards and midfielders, she serves as the director of the program's camps/clinics, and manages all facets of game preparation and player development.

Prior to joining the UMass Lowell staff, White served as the assistant field hockey coach at Holy Cross, spearheading the Crusaders’ recruiting efforts. She also oversaw the Holy Cross compliance and equipment duties, while assisting with the planning of daily practices and scouting.

White has also made coaching stops at the University of Albany (2007-2010) and Colgate University (2006-07), helping to bolster each program’s recruiting, while assisting in all aspects of coaching.

Outside of her collegiate coaching experience, White has also worked as the Director of the Seacoast United Field Hockey Club. She developed the training sessions, handled all of the administrative duties and organized all of the club’s tournaments, camps and clinics.

She has also spent several years assisting with the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) Futures Program.

During her outstanding playing career at the University of New Hampshire, White received numerous honors over four seasons. She finished her career ranked third in program history in total goals and fourth in career points. As a senior, White served as team captain, while leading the America East in goals and points to earn First Team All-Conference and First Team Regional All-American honors for the second consecutive season. She was also named the America East Rookie of the Year in 2002.

White graduated from New Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2006 and is working towards her master’s from Colgate and Albany for educational administration and policy studies.

Camp Details

The Wild Hawk Field Hockey Academy is a camp designed for players of all ability levels. Whether you are a high school player looking to refine your skills before tryouts or a young beginner just starting out, the staff at Wild Hawk has developed a program tailored to improve your game.

The day program runs from 9am-3pm Monday thru Wednesday, and from 9am-12pm on Thursday. Players are grouped based on their grade level and experience.

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*Please note, this information is subject to change.


All Skills: July 24-27, 2017

  • All campers arrive between 8:45-9:00am on Monday, July 24th at the Main Field
  • Campers attend from 9:00am-3:00pm Monday-Wednesday, and 9:00am-12:00pm on Thursday
    • Lunch is not provided. Please bring a sack lunch
  • Graduation is at 11:30am on Thursday, July 27th


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: skill level and grade
Equipment Needed: Hockey stick, water bottle, mouth guard, shin guards, turf shoes, and goalies must bring full goalie protective equipment
Facility: Campers train at McCarthy Middle School

Team Discount

If you have a group of eight or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Groups can register online or via mail/fax. 

To register a group online: Please have someone contact the USSC office with the names of each camper in the group at 1-800-645-3226 to create a unique discount code. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out.
To register a group via mail/fax: Please have each camper fill out our REGISTRATION FORM providing credit card number or a check. All registration forms must be received at the same time via mail or fax. Fax registrations to 415-526-5933. Mail registrations to Nike Field Hockey Camps 1010 B Street, Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901.


This camp takes place 30 miles north of Boston at McCarthy Middle School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00am-11:30am First session
  • 11:30am-12:30pm Lunch and half day campers depart
  • 12:30pm-3:00pm Second session

Camper Reviews

Jennifer T. Parent of Wild Hawk camper 8/2/2016

  • 4/5.
Great Camp

This camp was an amazing experience for my daughter. Not only did she learn the game, as she was a beginner, but really enjoyed the game. The instructors were able to easily teach to the level of the students and it was age appropriate. Great camp! My daughter is already signed up for rec field hockey after this experience!

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Jessica C.Parent of Wild Hawk camper 8/1/2016

  • 5/5.
Loved it

This was my daughter's first year attending and absolutely loved it. All of the staff were great and really connected with the girls. Well run camp that we highly recommend! Will be signing up for next summer! 

Sabrina O. Wild Hawk Camper 8/1/2016

  • 4/5.
Great coaches!

As a beginner going into high school, I could barely hit a ball before camp, but at the end of the week I had improved and could play with my team as an asset and not a burden. I was also able to identify the position I wanted to play in high school thanks to the coaches and their advice. I will definitely be attending next year.

Susan A.Parent of River Hawk campers '15

  • 5/5.

As a parent of a camper and high school varsity field hockey coach, I highly recommend this camp as a great introduction to field hockey and for intermediate players. The coaches are engaging, knowledgeable and kept the girls' attention through effective instructing while keeping things light and fun. I was impressed and my daughter is definitely signing-up again next year. 

Lucy O.River Hawk camper '15

  • 4/5.
Favorite week of summer

One of my favorite weeks of summer! The coaches do a great job teaching to every level and ability and keep things fun and interesting. I have been going to their camps for years and every year I learn new skills and perfect the fundamentals.

Sheri M.Parent of River Hawk campers '15

  • 5/5.
Great for beginners

My daughter was a beginner who never held a stick before attending. She came away with understanding the fundamentals of field hockey and a love for the game. The camp allowed her to be placed with other girls at her same level and therefore she was not intimidated. 

Parent of River Hawk campers '14

  • 5/5.
Highly recommend to all players

My two children attended the River Hawk Field Hockey camp. They had an amazing time learning new drills, meeting new coaches/friends, and mastering the skills to become a better player. I highly recommend this camp to any level player. My girls had a blast and plan on going next year! 

River Hawk camper '14

  • 4/5.
Great instruction

Nike field hockey camps are a way to work on and play the game you love. It's a laid back camp but you accomplish a lot everyday. The staff is super nice. They give great advice on improving skills for players at all levels.

River Hawk camper '14

  • 4/5.
Helpful for beginners

I signed up for this camp not knowing a thing about field hockey, and within the 4 days I've learned so much and now feel comfortable and confident playing in a game. 

Camp Dates & Prices

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.