My favorite sports event/memory/moment is ... as a coach, it's having a player miss a potentially game winning penalty stroke knocking us out of the county tournament in the semi’s and then having that exact same player take and make the game winning penalty stroke the following season to advance us to the Mercer County Tournament finals. As a player, it's taking shots on penalty corners for my college team because I usually played sweeper and shooting on penalty corners gave me co-leading scorer status in my senior season.
Heather Serverson originally hails from Lancaster County PA, the home of the USA Field Hockey National Women's Team. She was a 4 year varsity player in high school, team defensive MVP, and Area All-Star in both her junior and senior seasons.
Heather accepted a athletic scholarship to play Division I field hockey for Temple University where she earned back-to-back All-Conference and 2nd Team Regional All-American accolades in her final two seasons as a Temple Owl. During her time at Temple she earned a B.S. in Exercise Science. She continued her studies and earned her M.Ed. at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) while serving as a graduate assistant coach. To gain additional perspectives on the game, she earned her certification as a field hockey umpire while at TCNJ. Heather eventually settled in at Princeton High School where she has been the head field hockey coach for more than a decade earning nearly 10 division titles, many appearances in the Mercer County Tournament (MCT) semi-final rounds and championship game, four times Colonial Valley Conference (CVC) "Coach of the Year" honors from multiple media outlets (including two for the 2018 season), and back-to-back CVC "Team of the Year" honors for the team's dominance in the county. She is especially proud of the season she received the CVC Coach Sportsmanship Award in the same year her players were given the team and individual sportsmanship awards as well.
Some of Coach Serverson’s former players have made their way on to the rosters of programs like Temple, Princeton, Stanford, Richmond, Lehigh, Bucknell, Amherst, Swarthmore, and ESU. She values professional development and recently earned her USA Field Hockey Level 2 coaching certification from Craig Parnham, 2016 Olympic Team Coach and head of USA Field Hockey coach education. She recently attended USA Field Hockey's National Coaches and Goalkeeper forum to continue staying informed on the most current field hockey pedagogy from world renowned coaches at the Olympic developmental level. Her philosophy in its most basic form is to keep it simple, let the game be the teacher, have fun, and learn to fail forward.