Head Coach at Endicott (2007-present)
161-88 (.647) overall record, 96-28 (.774) in-conference record at Endicott
One NCAA Division III Tournament Second Round appearance (2018)
Three NCAA Division III Tournament First Round appearances (2011, 2012, 2018)
Three CCC Championships (2011, 2012, 2018)
ECAC Division III New England Champions ('08)
Three-time CCC Coach of the Year ('08, '12, '17)
Coached 2014 NFHCA First Team All-American Emily Sawchuck and 2015 NFHCA Second Team All-American Ashleigh Allen
Coached 25 NFHCA All-New England East players
Coached 65 All-CCC players, in addition to six Rookies of the Year, four Defensive Players of the Year, three Offensive Players of the Year, and one Senior Scholar-Athlete
51 student-athletes named Academic All-Conference
Nine straight NFHCA Academic Squad Awards for having a team cumulative GPA above 3.0
Assistant Coach at Kutztown (2004-07)
Assistant Coach at Nichols (2003)
Student Assistant at Kutztown (2002)
Played at Kutztown (1998-01)
Four-year letter winner, team captain in senior season
All-PSAC selection and participant in NFHCA North/South All-Star game
Head coach Jodi Cipolla found that she had a passion for teaching, player development, and promoting life lessons through athletic participation early in her career. At Endicott, Cipolla is able to use those passions towards her own program and the student-athletes that undoubtedly benefit from them.
“I love my job,” says Cipolla, who completed her 12th year at the helm of the Gulls' field hockey program during the 2018 season. “I hope to create an environment for my players that is comfortable, yet challenging. Balancing fun with hard work is really important to me, especially at this level.”
The comfort, Cipolla says, comes from an open door communication policy that invites conversation off the field. “I do individual meetings three times per year in order to check in, evaluate performance and outcomes, speak about academics, and any other issues that come up.”
On the field, the physical challenges differ from day-to-day in terms of game preparation, skill development, maintenance, and fitness depending on the time of season.
“In the beginning of the season, my assistant coaches and I set benchmarks for different parts of the season and plan where we want the team in specific areas by those specific points. We then tailor practices on a weekly basis, but depending on the given situation that may change on a daily basis in terms of skill mastery, change in personnel, or any other issues that may arise.”
The challenge is not just in the physical demands of preseason workouts, in-season practice, game day competition, and off-season training but also in terms of team camaraderie, an area of focus each and every year for Cipolla’s team.
“We try to build in team activities every day to promote cohesion and chemistry. My assistant coaches and I want to create a culture, a pattern of behavior that will lead to maximum performance, a sense of pride, and respect for what the Endicott field hockey program stands for.”
Leadership, however, won’t just come from the coaching staff.
“This team will be led by a core of seniors with a junior class that has been the backbone of our team for the past two seasons. We have some young players who are ready to make an impact as leaders and as solid statistical contributors.”
It is an exciting time to be a part of the field hockey program at Endicott as the team competed in the conference championship in six of the past eight years and has made three NCAA Tournament appearances. The team is 161-88 (.647) overall in 12 seasons under Cipolla with an even more impressive 96-28 (.774) mark in Commonwealth Coast Conference games. Cipolla was named CCC Coach of the Year in 2008, 2012, and 2017 and has coached 65 All-Conference, 51 Academic All-Conference, and 25 All-Region players during her tenure at Endicott thus far.
Page last updated: 11/26/18