O’Neill, Adams ‘13 Join Stuper’s Staff

Lexy Adams and Kristen O'Neill. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)
Lexy Adams and Kristen O'Neill. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

Bulldogs Add Veteran Assistant and Recent Graduate

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey,  has made two additions to her staff for the 2013 season, as Kristen O'Neill and Lexy Adams '13 have joined the Bulldogs. O'Neill and Adams complete Stuper's staff, which already included associate head coach Tamara Durante (returning for her ninth year). O'Neill will be the assistant coach and Adams will be the volunteer assistant.

"I am thrilled to have Kristen and Lexy join our staff this year! Kristen was a talented player and has already proven to be an excellent coach," said Stuper. "She will primarily coach our defensive unit, as well as individual player skill acquisition and development. Lexy will assist in both these areas, as well as play on scout teams when necessary. As a recent graduate she will certainly help bridge the gap between the players and staff. It is always special when you have a former player assist the program, and one I never take for granted. Both Kristen and Lexy bring incredible passion, enthusiasm and dedication to our team and our 2013 season goals. The players are incredibly lucky to have them on our team!"

Prior to coming to New Haven, O'Neill had been at the University of Maine since 2009. She earned her Master of Education in student development in higher education there in 2011, and most recently served as Senior Academic and Career Exploration Advisor. She also spent time working in the university's career center, and was an Academic Support Graduate Intern for the athletic department. She is on Maine's Athletic Advisory Board, and is a member of the National Academic Advising Association.

Prior to her most recent stint at Maine, O'Neill was assistant field hockey coach at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa., from the fall of 2008 until the spring of 2009 as she worked on a Master of Education in educational leadership.

O'Neill received her B.S. in child development and family relations from Maine in 2008. She played field hockey for the Black Bears from 2003 through 2007, serving as co-captain in her senior year.

O'Neill's husband, Terry, is an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Yale.

Adams spent the past four years playing for the Bulldogs and is currently spending an additional year at Yale getting her Master of Public Health from the Yale School of Public Health. She was a four-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree and was part of a class that set the school record by winning 20 Ivy League games in four years (including a 4-0 mark against archrival Harvard). A back, she started all 17 games last season and appeared in 50 games for her career. As a freshman she earned Yale's Senior Award, awarded by the senior class to a freshman team member who reflects positive contribution to the team's philosophy and whose individual character encourages the future direction and excellence of Yale field hockey.

In addition to her work on the field, Adams has been extensively involved in work off the field -- work that earned her Yale Athletics' Molly Meyer Humanitarian Award her senior year. She was one of 40 undergraduate Yale Communication and Consent Educators working to foster a positive campus climate, especially in terms of sexual culture. She has also served as a Community Health Educator in the New Haven public schools, teaching students the skills, self-respect and information needed to make healthy decisions about their bodies and their futures.

Adams has made an impact in multiple countries. During Spring Break in 2011, Reach Out Thailand allowed her the opportunity to design and teach an English curriculum for middle school Thai students in Buriram Province. Adams was in Mauritius as a Summer Teaching Fellow with ELI Africa in 2011. There, she designed and taught her own hands-on science curriculum. She served as the Chief Programming Officer from 2011-12 and designed schedules for the summer and year-long Teaching Fellow Program, organized events on campus and coordinated appointments with various Mauritian ministries. Since 2012, she has served as President and coordinates board meetings, fundraising and communication with Mauritius. The organization was founded by former Yale football player Vedant Seeam '11.

In the summer of 2012, Adams was a Fellow for the Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) Conference in Ethiopia. She aided an Ethiopian delegation in designing and monitoring an evaluation plan at the annual GHLI conference. After the conference she spent eight weeks interning for the Federal Ministry of Health implementing the Ethiopian Hospital Alliance for Quality, performing hospital site visits focused on documenting best practices. She supported the 20-Year Visioning Committee for Ethiopian health outcomes, researching strategies in coordination with the Ministry of Health, Yale GHLI, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Adams has also been active locally, helping save lives as a volunteer for the annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale. Those drives have added nearly 4,000 potential donors to the Be The Match Registry for patients with life-threatening illnesses in need of donor matches for transplants. The drive is named in memory of Yale women's ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011), who passed away in April 2011 after battling cancer for more than two years. During her sophomore year, Adams herself was identified as a match for a patient with cancer. She overcame her fear of needles and made the marrow donation.

Adams is a native of Lancaster, Pa., and attended Penn Manor prior to Yale.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity