Patti Klecha-Porter - Head Field Hockey Coach
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Patti Klecha-Porter enters her 31st year on the Wesleyan staff as head coach of the field hockey team in 2015. Joining the Wesleyan staff in 1985, Patti is an adjunct professor of physical education at the University. In 1999, she was honored as NESCAC field hockey Coach of the Year. Patti also served as head women's squash coach for 15 seasons (1986-2001) and was the assistant coach for 14 years (2001-15). 2014-15. Having coordinated Wesleyan's adult fitness program for a number of years, Patti adds coordinator of physical education to her duties in 2015-16.
Leading the field hockey Cardinals to back-to-back ECAC New England Division III titles in 1999 and 2000, Patti guided the team to its most victories in team history with 13 both those seasons. Patti's first victory of the 2002 season, a 3-1 win over Mount Holyoke to inaugurate a 10-6 campaign, was the 100th of her Wesleyan career. She enters the 2015 season with 196, needing four for the 200 milestone.
Patti has taken her squads on six international trips, twice to Bermuda, once to Barbados and twice to Holland, including the summer of 2013 when the Cardinals also visited Germany and France, and once to Argentina.
In 2005, Patti was honored by the Connecticut Field Hockey Coaches Association with its Chickie Poisson Award for distinguished service to the sport and in Sept., 2007, Patti was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame.
A 1981 graduate of Ithaca College where she was a team captain and MVP in both field hockey and lacrosse, Patti was inducted into her alma mater's Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1989, Patti also was named to a New York State sectional sports hall of fame. Patti earned her M.S. degree from Springfield College while serving as head coach of lacrosse and a field hockey assistant. Before enrolling at Springfield, Patti spent two years teaching and coaching in the Phelps-Clifton Springs, N.Y. school system.
A veteran of the Olympic Sports Festival, competing in field hockey, Patti also has played internationally. She formerly played in the Hampshire Field Hockey Association and helped her club team, Stars & Stripes, attain renown as a perennial power.
Always active at summer field hockey camps, Patti directs the Cardinal Field Hockey Camp at Wesleyan.
She holds an International Umpiring rating, the highest level for umpires in the game of women's lacrosse, and umpired at the IFWLA World Cup during the summer of 2013 in Oshawa, Ontario; 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic; 2005 in Annapolis, Md.; and 2001 in Wycombe, England and has officiated countless NCAA Tournament contests including title games at all levels.
Kate Gedney - Assistant Coach
Originally stepping in to cover for long-time assistant coach Jen Lane while she was on maternity leave, Kate Gedney got her first college coaching opportunity at Wesleyan in 2009 and continues into her seventh campaign in 2014. A 2009 graduate of Southern Connecticut St. U., Kate was a two-year field hockey team captain and earned NFHCA Division II All-America laurels. She also was a Northeast 10 all-academic team selection and was an NFHCA national academic squad choice. Named SCSU's female scholar-athlete of the year in 2007-08, Kate earned her degree in graphic design.
From 2005 through 2009, Kate coached high-school aged field hockey players at the Breakaway Field Hockey Camp.
Tori Redding - Assistant Coach
Tori Redding enters her third year on the Wesleyan staff as the Cardinals’ goaltending coach after serving as a department intern from 2013-15. A 2013 Wesleyan graduate, Tori was a two-sport athlete for the Cardinals, serving as a team captain in both field hockey and softball. Tori played all but 35 minutes in net over her four seasons as a Cardinal field-hockey standout. With nearly 4,280 minutes of work, Tori, who was an NFHCA All-American in 2010 and a first-team all-NESCAC pick that year as well, posted a career 1.55 goals against average and a .812 save percentage.
During the summer of 2011, Tori made the US High Performance team as part of the USFH developmental program and was under consideration for the US Olympic squad. Tori also was a second-team all-New England West selection and a participant in the 2012 NFHCA senior all-star game. Her knowledge of the game is a valuable addition to the Cardinal staff.
In addition to her duties with field hockey, Tori is an assistant coach with Cardinal softball during the spring and is pursuing her MALS degree at Wesleyan.