The overriding purpose of Aim in all our activities is educational. Our participants, at both the entry and advanced levels, should expect their coaches, trainers, and administrators to advance their knowledge of the game – the rules, fundamentals, game sense, physical training, mental training, and safety with each and every activity. All of our activities are under the direct supervision of our experienced staff. We have great confidence in them and hold them to the highest and most professional standards. At all events, athletes are taught techniques that are being coached at the highest levels. We bring out the physical strength and mental fortitude needed to be a successful athlete. As we teach tactics of the game, our athletes are learning to become better decision makers on the field.
At Aim, we cultivate an atmosphere where teaching the sport of field hockey becomes an avenue for teaching life lessons. We are dedicated to each and every athlete that comes through our program. At each event, we train athletes to overcome limitations, improve leadership, illustrate discipline, value teamwork, and understand commitment through our own demonstration, expectation, and encouragement. By being a part of Aim, it is our hope that you will become a better field hockey player and that you will exude self-confidence, perseverance, and respect for others in all arenas of your life.
Meet our Full-time Staff:
Lauren Cornthwaite, founder and director of Aim Field Hockey, has been coaching field hockey at various levels for over 15 years. From 2001-2004, Lauren served as the Assistant Field Hockey Coach at the University of Pennsylvania and then as the Head Field Hockey Coach at Lindenwood University. Throughout the years, Lauren has coached at numerous camps and events around the country, including Junior Olympics, Duke University, University of New Hampshire, and William & Mary.
Lauren served as the Regional Coaching Director for the United States Field Hockey Olympic Developmental Program for 3 years. Lauren has received her USA Field Hockey Level II Accreditation.
A four-year starter at Dartmouth College, Lauren was selected as a Regional All-American, a two-time All-Ivy Team Member, and a team captain during her time there.
What makes me smile? Being in the mountains.
Favorite activity outside of Aim? Anything with family!
Favorite TV show? I rarely turn the TV on, but I love the Voice.
Favorite Food? I try new recipes all the time. Not sure about a favorite.
Favorite Animal? Seal; but for a pet – definitely a dog!
Casey joined the full-time staff at the beginning of 2017. She is our Youth Director, and along with overseeing our youth programs, she will be coaching a variety of teams helping with administrative work in the office. McGowan is from Warrington, Pennsylvania and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December of 2015. She earned a B.S. in Physical Education and Sport Exercise Science. After graduating, she served as the Assistant Field Hockey Coach at her alma mater. For four years, Casey has been the Recreation Leader at the Ocean City Recreation Department in Ocean City, NJ, working with girls and boys ages 4-18. Prior to moving to St. Louis, Casey held an internship with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where she was actively involved in organizing and implementing various sports clinics for a large group mission trip to the Dominican Republic. She also managed fundraising for 75 students to assist them in making the trip possible. Casey has traveled to the Dominican five times on mission trips in the past 2 years. Casey started playing field hockey in third grade and played club field hockey for both Mystx and Vipers.
Favorite Food? mint chocolate chip ice cream
Favorite movie? The Outsiders
Most memorable trip? Any trip to the Dominican Republic
Favorite activity outside of Aim? Going to the beach
What did you want to be when you were younger? Gym Teacher
Meet our Club Coaches:
What are your favorite activities outside of field hockey? hiking and lifting
What is your favorite movie? Field of Dreams
What makes me smile? Coming home to my family and dachshund, Louie, in the evenings!
What is my favorite place to go in St. Louis? Sportport!!
What did you want to be when you were younger? Janitor and an art and spanish teacher
Sam is from Harare Zimbabwe. She played both field hockey and lacrosse for Lindenwood University, and she was a goalkeeper for Zimbabwe’s National Field Hockey Team. Sam graduated from Lindenwood with a B.S. in Exercise Science and M.S. in Exercise Physiology. She is currently an Assistant Coach for Lindenwood’s Field Hockey team and a Personal Trainer at Wellbridge Athletic club.
Favorite activity outside of Aim? I have found a new hobby in Geocaching – a real life treasure hunt!!
What is my favorite movie? Out of Africa
What did you want to be when you were younger? A Game Guide (basically a park ranger or farmer)
What makes me smile? It’s a tie…playing outside with my kids and husband or the quiet time at night when we read to the kids and put them to sleep.
What is my favorite food? Slightly under-baked chocolate chip cookies with vanilla Oberweis ice cream
Ali grew up in St. Louis playing field hockey for MICDS. After graduation from Vanderbilt University, she began coaching field hockey and lacrosse at Whitfield High School. She began coaching with Aim at the U16 and U19 level when Aim first started and then took a slight break to have her own 3 kiddos. She returned to Aim to coach Little Divots and then to coach a team for the Aim League program. She is now excited to be coaching at the U10 level! She is a strong believer in being active, being positive and loving Aim Field Hockey!
What is my favorite food? Grapefruit! Tangy but sweet!
What makes me smile? My three children and my three dogs!
What is my favorite place in St. Louis? The zoo!
Justine is a physical education teacher in Webster Groves and is helping to grow the game at the elementary level in Webster. She has been coaching with Aim for 3 seasons. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her children play field hockey and water polo.
Nicole is from Wisconsin, where she played for Arrowhead High School and the Wisconsin Select Club Team. From there, she was recruited to play for Saint Louis University, where she played all 4 years! Since graduating from SLU, she has had a full-time job with the St. Louis Cardinals and now currently works for Ballpark Village as the Event Sales Manager. She has coached multiple age levels for many seasons at Aim.
What is my favorite activity outside of field hockey? Playing with my puppy, Nala, and doing things around the city with family and friends.
What is my favorite food? Mac and cheese and ice cream with lots and lots of sprinkles!
What is my favorite place outside of field hockey? swimming or sailing
What is my favorite movie? Footloose (the original)
Katie’s field hockey career began at Ursuline Academy High School, where she played all four years as a goalkeeper. As her love for field hockey grew, she started playing for Aim in hopes of enhancing her abilities so that she could play collegiate field hockey. She played in goal at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. After graduating from Bellarmine in May of 2012, and not being able to picture her life without field hockey, she started coaching with Aim! She currently works as an adolescent therapist providing individual and group therapy to youth with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.
What is my favorite food? Pasta con broccoli from Pasta House
What makes me smile? My family, especially my nieces
What is my favorite place to go in St. Louis? Cardinals and Blues games
What is my favorite TV show? Grey’s Anatomy
What is my favorite food? french fries
What is my favorite place to go in St. Louis? Forest Park
Alex grew up in St. Louis, where she began her field hockey career at Ursuline Academy, where she was a goalkeeper. She played in Aim’s club program. She then continued an athletic career at Bellarmine University to play Division II field hockey. In May of 2016, Alex graduated from Bellarmine with a Psychology degree. Soon after that she accepted a role coaching field hockey at Ursuline Academy and finished out the season as head of the program. Alex continues to coach field hockey and work towards earning a Master degree in Nutrition.
Julie has been the Head Field Hockey Coach at Rosati-Kain since starting the program in 2003 and has been coaching with Aim since 2010. Julie played field hockey and basketball at Nerinx Hall and went on to play basketball at Maryville University. During that time, she coached freshmen field hockey at Cor Jesu Academy. Julie was the recipient of the 2015 Janet Esrock Coach of the Year. She believes that all athlete can find success if they bring a positive attitude and determination to every practice and game.
What is my favorite food? My family’s risotto
What is my favorite place to go in St. Louis? Forest Park
What makes me smile? Watching my players find success!
Sara Nagel, previously Confer, grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and played field hockey at the University of Virginia. After graduating, she moved back to PA for two years where she coached high school and club hockey while working full time. Sara wanted to take her coaching and academics to the next level, so she applied for graduate assistant coaching positions across the country. This brought her to Saint Louis in 2011, where she began her GA coaching and studies at Lindenwood University. Upon graduating with her masters in elementary education, she became the full-time assistant coach at Lindenwood. She’s entering her 6th season at LU and has been coaching with Aim for a number of seasons.
What is my favorite animal? Dolphin
Most memorable vacation? HANDS DOWN the Maldives for my honeymoon
What did you want to be when you were younger? veterinarian
Meredith has coached for Aim for four years. She began coaching with Aim after she completed her college field hockey career at Lindenwood University. She has primarily worked with the U12 and U14 Athletes, the Elementary League Athletes, and Little Divots. Outside of Aim, she coached the middle school team at John Burroughs for three seasons, and last fall she was the Head Coach of the JV team at Kirkwood High School. She began playing field hockey in high school and immediately fell in love with the sport! She played for Aim in high school and participated in Aim’s summer camps. She absolutely loves being a part of Aim and working with so many fun athletes of all ages!
Favorite Restaurant: Amigos Cantina or 119 North
What is my favorite place to visit: Seaside Beach, FL
Favorite exercise outside of field hockey: Running
Maura grew up in Saint Louis and attended Nerinx Hall. She played on the first Aim team that formed in 2005. Maura went on to play field hockey at Ball State University where she studied Elementary Education and received a minor in Coaching. After graduating, she moved back to St. Louis and taught 1st grade at St. Mary Magdalen for 4 years. She currently works as a Teaching Assistant at North Glendale Elementary and serves as the Varsity Assistant at Kirkwood High School. Prior to coaching at Kirkwood, Maura coached at Nerinx Hall. She is currently getting a degree in Master’s in Character Education at Lindenwood. Maura has coached with Aim for 6 years.
Favorite Animal: Hippo
Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music
What did you want to be when you were younger? A meteorologist.
Kelsey is from San Diego, CA and is joining the AIM coaching staff for the first time this year. Kelsey was a 3X NCAA All-American and 3X Conference Player of the Year at Stanford University and played for the U17, U19, U21, and Women’s National Team. During her hockey career, she played in several tours including the Australian Youth Olympics, Junior Pan American Games, and Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany. She is excited and passionate about bringing her international experience and love of the game to AIM and is looking forward to seeing field hockey continually grow in the St. Louis area.
What makes me smile? Spending time with family
What is my favorite place to go in St. Louis? Just moved here a few months ago but so far my favorite places are Ted Drewes(YUM!) and taking a sleigh ride at Tilles Park to see the lights!
What is your favorite movie? Remember the Titans
Liesl returns to Aim as a coach for the first time this season. As a member of Aim’s first U16 indoor team, she continued her high school career at Burroughs before playing all four years as a sweeper at the University of Richmond. She served as a captain for two years as a Spider and is excited to bring her knowledge from her collegiate experience to Aim athletes. Liesl now teaches 3rd Grade at Carver Elementary School and enjoys baking and relaxing with a good book in her spare time.