Meet Tiffany Cappellano Head Coach for the Lynx field hockey program
Head coach Tiffany Cappellano shares with Zeke the story of the remarkable Lynx field hockey program. Oley Valley was 26-0 this past season before losing to Moravian Academy 4-3 in the PIAA Class 1A state championship game -- an encounter in which it trailed by four goals with less than 27 minutes left. While the loss was a heartbreaker, Cappellano tells Zeke she was very proud of how her girls fought back. The Lynx were looking for their first state championship since 2000. It was their sixth state title game and first since 2005.
Cappellano is 133-34-5 in seven years as the Oley Valley head coach, with six division championships, two Berks titles and two District 3 titles. Her teams have reached three PIAA semifinals and one PIAA final. She succeeded the legendary Donna Long, who compiled a 459-88-30 record as Oley head coach. Cappellano is a 1999 Oley Valley grad who helped Oley win a PIAA 2A title in 1997 and played at the University of Iowa. She is a sixth-grade teacher at Oley. Cappellano tells Zeke that the future is bright because they had nine underclassmen in the starting lineup in 2016 en route to Berks and District 3 titles.
Class 1A All-State first-team freshman Sophia Gladieux had 23 goals and 19 assists, both team highs. Class 1A All-State second-team sophomore Madison Kline had 24 goals and 11 assists. Class 1A All-State first-team junior midfielder Shannon Lackey, who has committed to Northwestern, also returns. In fact, 15 of their top 19 players return. They do lose Class 1A All-State first-team captain and Wake Forest recruit Sam Buzalewski, who had 19 goals and 15 assists, to graduation.