Head Coach Stephanie Bernthal
Office Phone: 304-829-7032
Stephanie Bernthal is in her second year as the Head Field Hockey Coach at Bethany College. Bernthal arrived at Bethany in August of 2012 and assumed the responsibilities of starting the newly reinstated Bison field hockey program. Previous to Bethany, Bernthal was the top assistant at perennial powerhouse Christopher Newport University in Virginia.
In her first season as head of the Bethany squad, Bernthal led the Bison to the program’s first victory in a 2-1 win over Transylvania on September 9th, 2012. Bernthal recently achieved her Level II Coaching accreditation through the United States Field Hockey Association and serves as the Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Site of the USA Field Hockey Futures program. Bernthal has also coached at the Columbus Site, Northeast Ohio Site, and the Great Lakes Regional Futures Tournament.
At Christopher Newport, Bernthal served as the full-time assistant and helped the Captains finish 12-6 in their 2011 campaign. The program, which was ranked as high as 17th in the country and had five one-goal losses during the year, earned its sixth consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament where CNU fell by a narrow 3-1 margin at Ursinus (Pa.) College. As part of the Captains’ staff, Bernthal was the recruiting coordinator, fundraising coordinator for foreign tours, aided in planning practices and individual sessions and breaking down game film. Bernthal coordinated the Captains’ foreign tour to the UK in August of 2012, where the team competed against British clubs and were spectators of the USA Women’s Field Hockey team at the London Olympics.
In addition to her work at Christopher Newport University, Bernthal served as Director of Club Events for the StickPower Field Hockey Club in Newport News, Va. She also served as a coach within the South Region of the USA Field Hockey Futures Program at the Futures Elite Level I Site in Virginia Beach, the Williamsburg Site, and National Training Center Red Site.
Bernthal began coaching after a decorated playing career at Kent State University, where she was a four-year starter on defense. During her career, she helped lead the Golden Flashes to two Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season championships. As a captain in 2008, Bernthal led the Kent State squad to a MAC Tournament Championship, NCAA Play-in game appearance, and top-20 ranking. Bernthal was a two-time All-MAC selection, including First Team honors in 2008, heading up a defense that allowed just 1.18 goals per game. She was selected to the All-West Region Team for her performance in ’08.
Bernthal was just as accomplished in the classroom at Kent State as she was on the field. She was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) All-Academic Team all four years of her career and was voted to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in 2008. Bernthal completed her bachelor’s degree at Kent State in three years and played her 2008 season as a graduate student. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2008 and earned a Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2011. While completing her Masters’ degree, Bernthal also served as the Junior Varsity Coach at Stow-Monroe Falls High School in Stow, Ohio. Bernthal also interned at Rootstown High School in Rootstown, Ohio and provided individual and group therapy to the students there.
Assistant Coach Kolbey McAllister
Kolbey McAllister joins the Bethany field hockey program for her first year as a collegiate assistant coach. McAllister brings a wealth of field hockey knowledge and experience to the Bison. Most recently, McAllister served as the assistant field hockey coach for Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, PA where she helped build the growing program there.
Prior to coaching at Woodland Hills, McAllister was the head coach of the field hockey club team at Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. She organized practices, fundraisers, banquets and tournaments for the Dragons. Before coaching at Allerdice, McAllister worked with the Exeter Parks and Recreation Summer Field Hockey Program, where she formed and planned a summer field hockey league for children ages 8-14.
McAllister graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development and Education. A four-year member of the President’s field hockey team, McAllister was voted team captain and selected to the All-North Atlantic Regional team in both her junior and senior seasons. McAllister was a three-time All-Empire 8 performer and currently holds the Washington & Jefferson record for most career assists. In 2008, McAllister gained valuable international experience traveling to Barbados to represent the United States for USA Athletes International. While there, she competed against the top field hockey teams in Barbados. In addition to her on-field accomplishments, McAllister was elected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Squad for three consecutive years of her college career.
McAllister currently works for Brooke County Public Schools as a Special Education teacher. She resides in Follansbee, West Virginia with her husband.