Patti Klecha-Porter -
Head Field Hockey Coach
Patti Klecha-Porter enters
her 28th year on the Wesleyan staff as head coach of the field
hockey team in 2012. Joining the Wesleyan staff in
1985, Patti is an adjunct professor of physical
education at the University. In 1999, she was honored as NESCAC field hockey
Coach of the Year. Patti also served as head women's squash coach
for 15 seasons (1986-2001) but will be in her 12th year as that team's
assistant coach in 2012-13.
Leading the field hockey Cardinals to
back-to-back ECAC New England Division III titles in 1999
and 2000, Patti guided the team to its most victories in
team history with 13 both those seasons. Patti has taken her squads on five international trips, twice to Bermuda, once to
Barbados, once to Holland, and most recently to Argentina in the summer of 2008. Patti's first victory of the 2002 season, a 3-1 win over Mount
Holyoke to inaugurate a 10-6 campaign,
was the 100th of her Wesleyan career. She enters the 2012 season
In 2005, Patti was honored by the Connecticut
Field Hockey Coaches Association with its Chickie Poisson Award for
distinguished service to the sport and in Sept., 2007, Patti was
inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame.
A 1981 graduate of Ithaca
College where she was a team captain and MVP in both
field hockey and lacrosse, Patti was inducted into her
alma mater's Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1989, Patti
also was named to a New York State sectional sports hall
of fame. Patti earned her M.S. degree from Springfield
College while serving as head coach of lacrosse and a
field hockey assistant. Before enrolling at Springfield,
Patti spent two years teaching and coaching in the
Phelps-Clifton Springs, N.Y. school system.
A veteran of the Olympic Sports
Festival, competing in field hockey, Patti also has
played internationally. She formerly played in the
Hampshire Field Hockey Association and helped her club
team, Stars & Stripes, attain renown as a perennial
Always active at summer field hockey camps, Patti
directs the Cardinal Field Hockey Camp at Wesleyan.
She holds an International Umpiring
rating, the highest level for umpires in the game of
women's lacrosse, and umpired at the IFWLA World Cup
during the summer of 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic ; 2005 in Annapolis,
Md. ; and 2001 in Wycombe, England and has officiated countless NCAA
Tournament contests including title games at all levels.
Kate Gedney - Assistant Coach
in to cover for long-time assistant
coach Jen Lane while she was on maternity leave, Kate Gedney got her
first college coaching opportunity at Wesleyan in 2009 and continues into her fourth campaign in 2012. A 2009
graduate of Southern Connecticut St. U., Kate was a two-year field
hockey team captain and earned NFHCA Division II All-America laurels.
She also was a Northeast 10 all-academic team selection and was an NFHCA
national academic squad choice. Named SCSU's female
scholar-athlete of the year in 2007-08, Kate earned her degree in
From 2005 through 2009, Kate coached high-school aged
field hockey players at the Breakaway Field Hockey Camp.
Lindsay Wasserman - Assistant Coach
After assisting Patti at the Cardinal Field Hockey Camp for the first time in the summer of
2007, Lindsay Wasserman returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach that fall and will now be in her sixth season in 2012. She also was an assistant coach for
the Wesleyan softball team during the spring from 2008 through 2010.
A 2003 Wesleyan graduate, Lindsay
was a standout two-sport athlete for the Cardinals, serving as a team
captain in both field hockey and softball as a senior. She also
received team MVP honors in the latter sport that year. As a four-year
goalie and two-year starter, Lindsay played every minute in net for the
field hockey squad in 2001 and 2002. She ended her career with a
19-15 record which included eight shutouts and was named second-team
all-NESCAC in 2002. As a starting pitcher in softball, Lindsay still holds
team marks for appearances in a season and career (29/104), starts
(25/81), complete games (20/75) and innings pitched (154/552). She
also is third in career strikeouts with 277. Lindsay went on to earn
her M. Ed. degree from Quinnipiac University in 2005 and taught high
school for two years before accepting a position at Polson Middle School
in Madison, teaching eighth-grade history. She had been the
pitching coach for the Branford High School softball team for five seasons.