Ohio University Athletics strives to be a national level program through all sports participating in post-season competition, earning recognition as the premier athletic program in the Mid-American Conference, while renowned for academic excellence through outstanding graduation rates and scholastic honors.
Our team of professional field hockey coaches are committed to developing your field hockey skill and knowledge in a fun, positive environment. Throughout our camps and clinics, you will benefit from a low coach-to-player ratio, specialist technical and tactical coaching, and many opportunities for fun and competitive match play.
We look forward to welcoming you to Ohio!
Ohio Field Hockey Facility
Pruitt Field, Athens, OH 45701
Pruitt Field opened on the Ohio's Athletics Mall in 2000 and serves as the home to the Bobcats' field hockey team. The state-of-the-art facility features a water-based AstroTurf playing surface, trimmed with a signature red brick grandstand that seats up to 1,000 spectators. The facility, which also encompasses Goldsberry Track, is also home to Ohio's track and field teams.
Pruitt field is named in honor of Dr. Peggy Pruitt, a key figure in Ohio Athletics from 1975 to 2001. Pruitt served as Ohio's head field hockey coach from 1975-77 and head tennis coach from 1975-82. She also became the school's associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator from 1993 until retiring in 2001. The project was started in Spring of 1999. It was done in two phases. The first phase in 1999 installed the artificial turf field, running track, long jump pit, underground drainage system and under-field electrical conduits. The second phase in 2000 installed the field events venues across Shafer Street, grandstands/press box, storage building, well and main irrigation lines, fencing, landscaping, score board and sound system. The lighting was installed a few years later, in 2006.
Head Coach – Ali Johnstone
The Ohio Field Hockey team has tabbed former Bobcat standout and member of the Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame Ali Johnstone as their 11th head coach in program history.
Johnstone joined the Bobcats after serving six years on the staff at Northwestern, with the last four serving as the associate head coach. Northwestern players have earned a total of eight All-America honors and NU has earned a pair of Big Ten titles during Johnstone's time in Evanston.
In 2017, the Wildcats went 15-7, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. While there, NU defeated eighth-ranked Louisville in the first round before falling to No. 3 Michigan in the quarterfinals. The season saw the 'Cats knock off eight top-25 ranked opponents and were ranked as high as eighth in the nation throughout the course of the season. The season also produced three NU players named All-Big Ten.
In 2016, the Wildcats rattled off an eight-game winning streak including back-to-back wins over No. 4 Penn State and No. 6 Maryland. Three individuals were named All-Big Ten while four were named All-NFHCA West Region.
The 2014 campaign saw the 'Cats win their first Big Ten tournament title in school history as they defeated No. 15 Iowa, No. 12 Michigan and No. 2 Maryland en route to earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
In 2013, the Wildcats posted a 15-5 record and earned a share of their first Big Ten regular season title since 1994. During the season, Northwestern ranked fourth nationally with a 1.13 goals-against average. Tara Puffenberger and Nikki Parsley were both named NFHCA All-America selections.
During the 2012 season, Johnstone helped the Wildcats post their winningest season in 23 years as the squad notched a 16-4 record -- defeating seven ranked opponents along the way -- and reached as high as No. 8 in the NFHCA national rankings. NU's senior class finished their careers with 51 wins, the most by a senior class since 1991.
Johnstone helped Chelsea Armstrong earn her second straight first-team All-America selection while Puffenberger was named to the All-America third team. Armstrong became just the ninth player in NCAA history to reach the 100 career goal milestone.
In 2009, during Johnstone's first season on staff at Ohio, the Bobcats won their third MAC championship in a span of four years and finished with a 12-9 overall record. Ohio followed that up in 2010 by going 7-3 in MAC play and reaching the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Johnstone is a two-time NFHCA All-American and the first Bobcat to earn first-team All-MAC each of her four seasons in Athens, she graduated from Ohio in 2002 as one of the most decorated players in program history. Johnstone was a three-time first-team All-West Region honoree as well as the 2001 Ohio Female Student-Athlete of the Year. She has the career record for assists (36) and ranks third in all-time points (106) and fourth in career goals (35).
Before beginning her collegiate coaching career at Ohio, Johnstone was the head coach for the U-19 British Columbia Provincial A team in 2007 and the U-16 Regional High Performance team from 2006-08. Johnstone is also very involved with USA field hockey as a head Futures coach, a regional and national Futures tournament selector and a Junior High Performance Program volunteer coach.
Johnstone gained extensive experience at the international playing level. A native of Delta, British Columbia, Johnstone played nine years and earned 35 caps for the Canadian national team. In 2005-06, Johnstone played professionally for Hamburg in the German Premier Division.
Johnstone earned her bachelor's degree in sports sciences from Ohio in 2002.
Assistant Coach – Louisa Boddy
Former Durham University and UConn standout Louisa Boddy joined the Ohio field hockey coaching team in 2018.
Boddy was the 2012 Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player and earned NFHCA All-American selection, leading the UConn Huskies with 16 goals and finished second on the squad with 39 points. She also tied for the team lead with six game-winning goals and was honored as a First Team All-BIG EAST selection in her single year at UConn as a graduate student where she also earned her master's in Sport Management.
Prior to Boddy's stint at UConn, the Derbyshire, England native recorded three years as a student-athlete at Durham University in Durham, England where she helped the squad to become 2012 Division I National Champions and 2010 National Championship Runners Up. During her undergraduate career, Boddy was also named 2009 Player of the League and was a three-time Conference All-Star team selection in the National Conference North. Before leaving Durham, Boddy was named the Team's Most Valuable Player.
Over the course of her career, Boddy has been a part of 21 national championship winning teams at the school, county, club, regional and national levels. She was also a junior international player who was a part of the England U16, U18 and U21 national team squads.
While Boddy arrived in Athens with an extensive background as an athlete, she also has four years' worth of coaching experience to bring to the Bobcats. In 2014, Boddy belonged to the Durham University Hockey Club coaching staff before becoming a player coach for the Belper Ladies Hockey Club in Belper, England for the 2016-17 season. Last season, Boddy held the Head Coach title for the Belper Ladies Hockey Club, recording a 9-1 record at the mid-season break.