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INTENSIVE SKILLS CLINICS

Intensive Skills Clinics are for female, female identifying, and non-binary players and are designed with a focus on a specific skill or position. Step by step instruction is given with skills broken down into smaller components to help players understand how they can improve and work on the skill moving forward.  Skills and concepts are also explained so that players understand where and how they are used in game-like settings. At times, G4H may also bring in special guest coaches for these sessions, especially over the spring and summer months.

Session length varies by session/coach and can run for one-hour sessions, once a week for multiple weeks, for multiple days in a row, or multiple hours in a row depending on the program.  Age requirements vary by program.  See below for upcoming offerings.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Space is  first come, first serve and space may fill before the date listed.  When registering, please be sure to note the birth years served at each session before registering.  All participating players in Intensive Skills should have several years of hockey experience.  Players who started recently or are more developmental should participate in Comprehensive Skills

Goalies - if you are interested in attending a non-goalie specific session, please contact us at info@girls4hockey.com before registering.

Scroll down for schedule and coaching staff bios.

July/August Coaching Staff

Taylor Willard

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Taylor Willard is coming off her 3rd year as the lead assistant coach for the Norwich University women's ice hockey program, helping guide the program to a record of 57-22-4, including an NEHC Championship. Her main responsibility with the Cadets is working with and developing the team’s defensemen.
 

Before Norwich, Willard served two years as a volunteer assistant at the University of Vermont. She helped guide the Catamounts to a 16-23-8 overall record and back-to-back Hockey East Quarterfinal appearances.
 

Taylor also played for UVM and was a two-year captain, logging 145 games for Vermont. She also ranks in the program's top 10 for points, and her point total is the 2nd most by a defenseman in program history. In her four years, she was a two-time Hockey East Second Team All-Star and an Honorable Mention All-Star. She was also named to the New England Hockey Writers Association Division I All-Star following her 2016-17 campaign.
 

Prior to her career at Vermont, Willard was a member of Team USA at the 2013 U18 Women's World Championships where she picked up three assists in five games and won a silver medal.
 

Post-graduation, Willard spent the 2018-19 season playing professionally for the Montreal Canadiennes in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. She registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in 26 games as the Canadiennes went all the way to the Clarkson Cup.

Sally Hoerr

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Sally Hoerr is an original Vermonter who started her career playing locally for her home organization as well as Vermont Shamrocks AAA. A defenseman, she played high school hockey for Portsmouth Abbey Prep moving on to play collegiate hockey at Liberty and Grand Valley State.  During her collegiate career, Sally helped lead her team to two ACHA National Championships. 

Post-college, Sally played professionally, first for the PHF (formerly NWHL) with the Montreal Force.  Upon the PHF's folding, Sally went on to play in Europe for Lakers Karnten of the EWHL and then for the Linkoping Hockey Club in the SDHL.  

When not playing professionally or training, Sally dedicates her time to coaching and staying on top of the game.  Working for Girls 4 Hockey (G4H) since 2023, Sally has helped with camps, run clinics, and worked with a wide range of private lesson clients as she enjoys developing practice plans tailored to individual needs or certain topics. 

In collaboration with G4H, she has also coached spring VT Shamrocks 10U AAA teams and has assisted with tryout facilitation and evaluations for their 19U and 16U programs.

In addition, she has helped with several summer camps and clinics including Light the Lamp Hockey, Pro Stride Skating Clinics/Camps, and Vermont Jr. Catamounts Pre-Season Prep Camps.

Ellie Simmons

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Ellie Simmons is originally from Buffalo, NY and is a current member of the University of Vermont's Women's Ice Hockey Team.  She is also the goalie coordinator for Vermont State Amateur Hockey Association and works regularly for Post 2 Post Goaltending as well as Girls 4 Hockey.  Ellie is a skilled goalie coach who provides a positive learning environment for goalies of all ages and levels.  A more detailed coaching resume will be posted very soon - stay tuned!

Sally Hoerr

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Meghan Sweezey is the founder/owner of Girls 4 Hockey and was recently hired as the Head Coach of Saint Michael's Women's Ice Hockey.

Originally from Lynnfield, MA, Meghan played for Saint Michael's College from 2006 - 2010. A senior captain after serving twice as an assistant, Meghan finished her career leading the team in career games, power-play goals, and short-handed goals.  She was also third in points, fourth in goals, and tied in third for assists.

After graduating from Saint Michael's, Meghan went on to earn a M.Ed in School Counseling from Suffolk University. She returned to Saint Michael's in 2013 as an assistant coach and worked in alumni relations, serving these roles through 2018. Meghan then worked for Special Olympics Vermont as the events manager before leaving in 2020 to pursue Girls 4 Hockey full-time.  Since it's inception, Meghan has helped G4H grow from just one program and 8 players, to over 14 programs serving over 620 players in 2023.

 

A USA Hockey Level - 4 Coach, Meghan brings a wide variety of experience to Girls 4 Hockey as she has coached at all levels from beginner and youth to high school and college and is looking forward to working with Saint Michael's again this fall, while remaining involved in local youth hockey via  G4H. 

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