Chrissy Lewis Summers
Founder and Director
Summer Elite Camp Coach
Chrissy (Lewis) Summers is the founder and director of Beyond Sticks and Play Beyond the Game, the non-profit that our programs now run under. As Beyond Sticks has grown, Chrissy's focus has shifted from coaching to growing organizational impact, although she still sneaks onto the field to coach when she can. Over the past 8 years, Chrissy has worked primarily in high schools, head coaching for 5 years. During her pregnancies, she volunteered with Columbia and Vassar, gaining valuable experience working with Division I and III programs. In 2015, Chrissy and Beyond Sticks was awarded the Toyota and ESPNW Everyday Hero Award on behalf of the work of Beyond Sticks and the non-profit, Play Beyond the Game. In 2018 she was award the NFHCA Junior Coaches award for her impact on the growth of the game.
In college, she played at Vassar College were she was a 4X NCAA All-Academic honors recipient and two year co-captain.
Chrissy has a Masters degree in sports business management from Georgetown University. She is a level 2 coach through USA Field Hockey and attended several NFHCA Coaching Seminars.
Beyond Sticks was founded upon Chrissy's belief that sport is about so much more than what happens on the field. Since the addition of her own 3 kids, she is more committed than ever to keeping kids in the game by building joy and self confidence.
Head Coach Development Wednesday Winter 18-19
Head Varsity Coach, West Potomac School
Dana has been the Head Coach at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia for the past 8 seasons and was the assistant for a year. She is also a Biology teacher there and has been teaching for the past 9 years.
Dana played at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.
Head Coach: Performance Academy Winter 18-19
Varsity Coach, Heritage High School
4A West Coach of year 4A and Runner-up Coach of year in 2016
Derek has been coaching with Beyond Sticks for 2 years but has coached with our Partner Loudoun County League for 4 years! We are very lucky to have him!
Growing up in Argentina, Derek was surrounded by Field Hockey (including men playing field hockey). Field hockey was part of his curriculum at school so he began playing in goal. He played in Argentina for St. Georges College and played each summer for Associacion Aleman de Quilmes. Derek has been coaching field hockey for over 10 years.
Assistant Coach: Development
Current UVA Student
Head Development coach
Mondays for Winter 18-19
Director of programming and Operations: VA
Taleah is truly our organizations go to for coaching, designing flyers, organizing seasons and everything in between.
Taleah coaches across our programs, as well as for our partner club, Storm. She is the head coach for our youth programs all year, from development to summer camps.
Born and raised in Australia, Taleah was recruited to play Division 1 at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh in 2011. When the program ended in 2014 she graduated in 2015 and then continued her NCAA career at Virginia Commonwealth University while receiving her masters degree in Sports Leadership. She lives in Alexandria and enjoys fancy Starbucks coffee drinks.
Head Coach: Development Winter: Floats where we need her!
Head Varsity Coach: Flint Hill School
Head Club coach: Southeast Storm
Stef Vestal has been coaching field hockey in the DC Metro area since 2008. She is headed into 5th year coaching at Flint Hill as the head of the program (Varsity, JV, and Middle School), and the Head Varsity Coach.
She has been coaching with Beyond Sticks and the Southeast Storm club since 2011. She primarily works with U16 teams and with younger and newer players teaching them the game and skills.
Stef started playing field hockey in 8th grade and continued through high school in North Haven, CT, and on a club team at Bentley College in Waltham, MA. She also excelled at basketball and track and field in high school and continued her track and field career at Bentley. She currently plays field hockey with the Washington Field Hockey Association and is a passionate Tri-Athlete.
Stef is a 7th Grade History Teacher in Annandale, VA in addition to coaching. She has a Jack Russell Terrier at home named Fala, and enjoys all sports, the outdoors, and anything having to do with history!
Development Assistant Coach, Wednesday
Performance Assistant Coach, Tuesdays
Head Varsity Coach
Head Development Coach
Performance Academy Assistant Coach
Head Varsity Coach, Madeira School
Played at Rhodes College