Private Lessons and Small Group Training 

Work with an approved Ambush trainer to take your game to the next level.

Please note there are a lot of coaches who work with Ambush in different capacities.  It is important to understand that Ambush liability and insurance only covers activities approved and managed by Ambush.  If you are scheduling private or small group lessons through individual coaches who are NOT listed below, you or the coach will NOT be covered by Ambush insurance.

COVID-19 Update --Please note that all USFHA  insurance has been paused until further notice.  No private lessons or small group sessions will be covered until further notice. 

Elite/Select Training

Joey Prestidge - U19 Program Head

Joey has played hockey professionally in three different countries, and coached at levels from High School JV, Varsity, Futures, Club, to US college, UK college and elite adult teams around the world.  He is happy coaching players of any position, GKs included, and has traditionally specialized in attacking play - shooting, lifts, elimination skills & ball carrying. 



Kelsey Melando - U12 Program Head 



Leigha Nortier - U19 Coach

I am originally from Pennsylvania, but played Division I field hockey at Davidson and fell in love with the south! I work for Savills, full time but have joined the Ambush family this past year to stay involved with the game. Before joining Ambush as a coach I helped coach my home club team, Spooky Nook and I am also a certified referee. 

As someone who reaped the benefits of one on one and small group sessions throughout high school and college from my coaches, I love working with athletes in one on one sessions as well. I played forward all through college and enjoy working on strategic ball-carrying fastball movement, and hitting/shooting. My playing style (which carries over to my coaching style) is explosive and aggressive. 



Rachael Klohr- U14 Program Head 



Sarah Heacock- U14 & U16 Coach

Sarah Heacock plays field hockey at Queens University of Charlotte and previously played at Appalachian State University. Sarah plays both midfield and forward. Sarah is a Level 1 certified coach by USFHA, she has been coaching for Ambush since she was in highschool, 6 years, and has coached all ages and elite, select, and rec. Sarah works with middle school and highschool aged players and specializes in shooting, hitting, stick skills, fitness, and field vision. 


Casey Carrigan-- Coach

Casey plays field hockey at Queens University of Charlotte and previously at Long Island University- Brooklyn. She is a captain for the team at Queens and plays both midfield and defense. She has experience coaching high school, elementary and club. She is willing to coach players at any level and position and specializes in defensive footwork, getting low, field vision and ball control. 


Kayleigh Thies- U19 Coach

Kayleigh is the head field hockey coach at Charlotte Country Day School. She came to Charlotte Country Day from coaching college at Montclair State University in New Jersey, which is a top 20 Division III program. She played field hockey and lacrosse at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she was an All-American. Kayleigh has coached for Charlotte Ambush and for New Heights (new jersey club team).

Ages: Anyone (beginners to advanced learners)


What does it mean for an Ambush coach to be an approved private lesson or small group trainer? Ambush approved trainers..

  • are current with their USFHA insurance,
  • have completed the USOC SafeSport Training,
  • are atleast Level I USFHA Coaching certified,
  • have coordinated field rental space through proper channels for insurance coverage.

I want to work with a coach who is not listed here. 

  • Email to see if the coach can be added.
  • Ask your trainer if he/she has separate insurance to cover your sessions.