Panthers United Field Hockey
Betsy Ellis began her Field Hockey career at the age of 4 on the sidelines with her mother a 22 year Field Hockey and Lacrosse coach at Marymount High School in Richmond, VA. From there her passion developed and she began competing in 5th grade on the 8th grade Middle School team at Collegiate School.
Ellis was a 4 year varsity starter in high School at Marymount. She was team captain junior and senior years. She was the MVP senior year and made the Tidewater all- tournament team as a junior and senior. Her senior year at Marymount she received the Gold Medal for general excellence in Athletics. Excelling also in Lacrosse, Tennis and Soccer, Ellis opted to attend a DIII school where she could play multiple sports.
Receiving a partial Field Hockey and Lacrosse scholarship she attended The College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was a stand- out three sport athlete. Ellis was named to the All South teams in both Field Hockey and Lacrosse. She also competed on the Tennis team playing number one singles and was on the swim team.
Field Hockey Accomplishments In College:
Best Defensive player junior year, MVP Senior year. Ellis had more saves than the goalie her junior year. All south tournament team senior year.
Coach Ellis founded the Panthers Field Hockey club team in 2005. In 2007 she joined Swift Creek Field Hockey and brought her Panthers to join that club where she already coached U11 and U13 teams.
In the summer of 2009, Ellis coached a team in the Coventry Commonwealth Games in Lexington, Virginia bringing home the gold medal.
In February of 2011 Coach Ellis formed the Panthers United Field Hockey Club. Co-sponsored by Chesterfield Parks and Rec, the club continues to grow. It was then that she added the CUBS program for elementary boys and girls.
Coach Ellis’s overall Panther record for her Gold team (top fall team) 2005-2014 is 143 wins 18 losses and 14 ties.
Coach Ellis lives in Bon Air with her daughter Maggie who played on the Panthers Gold Team she is a member of the Varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams at Trinity Episcopal School. Her Daughter Katie, plays field hockey and lacrosse for Bridgewater College where she is a rising junior. Both girls are active in the Panthers Club Program.
Annie Zinkavich was a standout goalkeeper at Penn State University from 1999-2003 before moving on to the coaching world. She coached for two years at Bucknell Univeristy as a graduate assistant from 2004-2006. There she coached goalkeeper, Liz Jordan, to Partiot League Goalkeeper of the Year and ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year. Annie then returned to her Alma Mater in 2006, helping Penn State to the National Championship game in 2007 and winning the Big Ten Conference Championship in 2008 and the Big Ten Conference Tournament Championship in 2011. Two of her goalkeepers received both All American and All Conference awards, 4 of her 6 years as an assistant for the Nittany Lions. In 2012, Annie took over the recruiting coordinator duties and goalkeeping unit at the University of Virginia. While at UVA, the goalkeepers received All Conference, All Conference Tournament Team, Regonal All American, and a spot on the U19 National squad.