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Meet the Coaches

Jane DeGrenier, Head Coach and Club Director, U14 and U19

Jane is the Head Coach and Director of Southeast Storm. Jane formed the club in 2005 at the request  of two NCS moms looking for a place for their daughters to play in a supportive, encouraging,  and challenging environment.  Jane is also the Head Field Hockey Coach and Physical Education teacher at National Cathedral School.  She has been coaching for over 30 years.  Jane has the unique perspective gained from coaching young players, who are picking up a stick for the first time, through collegiate players, who are at the top of their game.  She has coached at the Division I and III levels, High School, Middle School, and the youngsters.  She has coached at University of Maryland, University of Richmond, Hollins University, and NCS.  She was also the Region 7 Coaching Director in  the USA Field Hockey Futures program.  Jane played at Ithaca College, where she was a standout on the Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams.  She was a National Champion in Field Hockey and was inducted into the Ithaca College Hall of Fame in 2015.  She had the opportunity to experience the thrill of winning a second National Championship in 2011 as the Director of Operations for the Maryland Terrapins.  Additionally, Jane was selected by the Positive Coaching Alliance as one of 50 coaches nationally to receive its Double-Goal Coach Award. The Double-Goal Coach Award honors high school and youth coaches who not only strive  to win but also to teach life lessons through sports. That year, 2,400 coaches were nominated for the awards. Jane was the lone D.C. coach recognized by the PCA, and her award is one of only two recognizing field hockey. Jane was an active adult club player in the DC area, and won several awards, including the Elizabeth Cooper Outstanding Defensive Player Award, the Franny Homer Award for sportsmanship, service, and dedication to the Southeast Field Hockey Association, as well as being named an Honorary Lifetime Member of both the  WFHA and SEFHA.  Jane constantly strives to continue her education in the sport, and to that end, seeks out opportunities to learn from the top coaches in the sport.  Jane currently holds a Level 2 Coaching Accreditation from US Field Hockey.

Jane is married to Carl Salyer and lives in Crofton, MD with her two amazing kids, Christopher and Katie, and the newest member of the family, Bella the puppy!


Yumi has been coaching with Storm since 2010.  She is a native of South Africa, where she grew up playing hockey and specialized in goalkeeping. Yumi’s most notable trait as a coach is her sense of humor, which allows her to connect with the players and promote a fun environment.

 She was drawn to coaching because she is passionate about team sports, especially field hockey. Her compassion, understanding and dedication are infectious on and off the field and truly bring out the best in all of the players she interacts with. Yumi encourages her athletes to support each other and push each other to work harder to be better people, each and every day. As a coach, she finds great joy in watching players struggle, put in a lot of hard work and effort, and then seeing that pay off as they grow as players.

When Yumi moved to the D.C. area, she became a diehard Washington Capitals fan. Her love for watching ice hockey allows her to draw parallels for her players between the two sports. 

Fun Fact: Yumi was once a contestant on South African Idols. Contrary to other coaches, if she starts singing, she is actually good at it!


Kirby began her coaching career with Storm in 2016, shortly after finishing up a successful playing career, graduating from college and returning to her roots in the Washington, D.C. area. She was a dual-sport athlete in field hockey and tennis at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Her passion for sports and empowering the next generation of players led her to begin coaching.

As a coach, Kirby is an advocate of the role of fitness in creating strong, versatile, well-rounded players who can excel in any position on the field. She loves coaching because it allows her to inspire the next generation of players on and off the field so that they can also reap the benefits of sport, not just in terms of living a healthy lifestyle, but also in how it empowers them, teaches self-advocacy and promotes a team-first mentality. Kirby currently holds her USA Field Hockey Level 2 Coaching Certification.

During the week, Kirby is a Communications Specialist for the Arlington County Police Department. Outside of coaching field hockey and working, Kirby is an accomplished chef and baker, always finding time to try new recipes. She enjoys morning workouts, running and playing tennis, her second athletic love.

Fun Fact: Kirby attended a special 50th anniversary screening of To Kill a Mockingbird while in high school at the White House movie theatre, dined there and met former President Obama’s dogs.


Emily began coaching with Storm in 2016 because she finds fulfillment in spreading her passion for the game. Emily is a native of Montgomery County and grew up playing field hockey locally. She continued her playing career at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Emily enjoys working with younger players because of their willingness and excitement to learn about field hockey. She enjoys fostering and watching the development of each player, both in ability and character. Emily is inspired by players as they grow their level of confidence and achieve successes on the field.

During the week, she is a Kindergarten teacher at St. Peter’s School in Olney, Maryland. Outside of coaching field hockey, Emily enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys going hiking with her dog, Linus!

Fun Fact: Emily and two of her sisters are all pregnant at the same time, with the newest member of the Storm coaching staff arriving in Winter 2019!

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Faith joined the Storm coaching staff in 2017 and works primarily with our goal keepers! She is originally from North Carolina, but moved to the D.C. area after graduating from Bryn Mawr College, where played collegiately.

Faith loves coaching because it gives her the opportunity to help players achieve more than they thought they could. She is inspired by people who dedicate themselves to serving others, one of the many reasons why she pursued coaching after college.

When not coaching field hockey, Faith enjoys reading nonfiction literature, cycling and cooking.

Fun Fact: Faith has played field hockey games speaking only English, German and Samoan with her teammates!


Bailey began coaching with Storm in 2014, as a way to further involve herself in the sport after college. She began coaching at age 16, before going on to play Division I field hockey at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Bailey continues to play field hockey regularly with the D.C. Dragons.

She enjoys coaching because it gives her an opportunity to give back to the sport that shaped her life. Throughout her playing career, Bailey has trained in every position on the field, which has given her great perspective as a coach.  Bailey currently holds her USA Field Hockey Level 2 Certification. 

Bailey’s love for the game is evident in her coaching philosophy. She values hard work and competitive drive. Pat Summitt said it best: “ You can’t always be the strongest or most talented or most gifted person in the room, but you can be the most competitive.” Her competitive drive as a player and as a coach is infectious and evident in the success of her teams.

When not coaching or playing field hockey, Bailey enjoys traveling and exploring new cities. Bailey is also an avid sports fan and enjoys attending sporting events, especially the Caps! 

Fun Fact: Bailey’s uncle played field hockey in Italy and was a goal keeper.


Stef Vestal has been coaching field hockey in the DC Metro area since 2008.  She started coaching in youth leagues and became the Head JV and Assistant Varsity Field Hockey coach at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.  After three seasons she got the opportunity to start a Field Hockey program at Flint Hill School in Oakton.  She has been there the past four years 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.

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!


Taleah "Coach T" began coaching with Storm in Winter 2016. Coach T originally hails from Australia and came to the United States to play Division I field hockey at Robert Morris University. Despite the program being cut following her junior season, she rebounded from the adverse situation and was able to use her final year of eligibility while working on a Master's Degree in Sports Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating from VCU, Coach T relocated to the D.C. area and began coaching. 

Coach T is inspired by seeing players reach their "ah-ha" moment. When athletes finally understand something on the field or execute a new skill during a game, she feels immense pride as the players hit new levels of success. She values the role sports play in teaching athletes how to fail, control only what you can and ignore what you cannot and having a positive attitude. 

Coach T is a full time coach with Beyond Sticks when not working with our Storm players. She considers herself lucky to have a job that is also her passion. In the rare time that she is not coaching, you can find Coach T on the playing field, working on her own field hockey game! 

Fun Fact: Coach T wanted to be a pop star for most of her childhood and would sing and dance in front of the TV before heading to field hockey practice! 


Audra started coaching with Storm in the spring of 2018. Originally from Louisville, KY, Audra played four years of Division I field hockey at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She played left midfield and majored in International Studies and French. Audra graduated from Holy Cross in May of 2017 and subsequently moved to DC for her job.

Audra began coaching in college as a way to stay connected to field hockey after her senior season ended, and she found it to be both challenging and rewarding. She is grateful for the opportunity to coach here in DC because it allows to use her passion for field hockey to impact the lives of others. Audra enjoys being part of Storm's athletic community, and she is excited to help young players improve their skills and reach their goals. 

Outside of coaching field hockey, Audra works in Congressional and Executive Branch relations for The Heritage Foundation. In her spare time, Audra enjoys running and spending time with friends. 

Fun Fact: Audra has been playing the piano since she was 6 years old.


Kat  started her coaching career with Storm in March  2018, shortly after moving to the D.C. area. She played collegiate field hockey at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. After graduating, Kat relocated to D.C. to pursue a graduate degree in Security Studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. 

After spending more than a year away from field hockey, Kat realized that she truly missed the game. Kat is passionate about field hockey because of how much it taught her throughout her 12 year playing career.  taught her discipline, how to work hard, the meaning of integrity, and it gave her the family of teammates across the country, that she is grateful for today. Kat hopes that coaching will allow her to share her love for the sport with other young women, and hopefully instill in them the same values that she learned from her participation in field hockey growing up.