Anika Goodhue
Anika Goodhue
Title: Head Field Hockey Coach

Alma Mater: Smith College
Record at Elms: 18-22 (.450)
NECC Record: 13-4 (.765)
Seasons at Elms: 2
Accomplishments: 2017 NECC Tournament Champions

Goodhue was hired as head coach of the Elms College Field Hockey program prior to the 2016 season. In her first season at the helm, the Blazers delivered their winningest season since 1989 with a 10-10 record, including a 7-3 record in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The Blazers earned the two-seed in the NECC Championship Tournament, and posted a 4-2 victory over Wheelock in a semifinal tilt at Leary Field to earn a spot in the Championship match. The Blazers battled top-seeded Regis College in a 2-1 loss in the title match. One year later Goodhue led the team to an 8-12 record in 2017, including a 6-1 record in the NECC. The Blazers won their first ever NECC championship by defeating Wheelock College 3-0 in the final.

The Blazers had three All-NECC 2017 selections in Madison Messier, Madison Gabel, and Alyssa Falvo. The team also six players who made the conference all-academic list. The Blazers led the nation in defensive saves with 29 in 2017. Elms tallied five shutouts on the season, and only allowed one goal in its last five games, including back to back shutouts in the NECC semi-final and final.

Goodhue came to Elms after serving as assistant field hockey coach at Connecticut College. In her two seasons with the Camels, the field hockey team posted an 11-19 record while claiming consecutive National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Academic Honors. Goodhue helped groom Heidi Halsted to back-to-back All-New England West Region Second Team selections. Goodhue also provided freelance photography for the Camel Athletic program.

Goodhue was a four-year player for the Smith College field hockey program, and served as a team captain during her senior season. During a versatile career where she played offense, defense and midfield, Anika registered five goals, 18 assists and one defensive save. In addition to collegiate athletics, Goodhue has played internationally in five different countries, including a six-month stint in Australia, where she was a key performer for the University of Melbourne Hockey Club.

Anika’s passion for coaching began in high school with the urge to share her knowledge by hosting youth clinics. As her career progressed, Goodhue coached athletes of all ages and experience levels. After graduating from Smith College, Anika returned to coach Mount Anthony Union High School, her alma mater, and helped lead the squad to four Vermont State semifinal appearances in five seasons. Goodhue has also assisted at Westfield State University during their spring seasons in 2014 and 2015.

Goodhue founded Evolution Field Hockey Club to help stimulate growth and knowledge of field hockey in her hometown. Focused on youth development, Goodhue has also created opportunities for adults to play after graduation, and developed a young coaches program that mentored interested high school athletes in coaching.