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Columbia University NY Field Hockey
Columbia University NY Field Hockey

CN19 Field Hockey Camps


Assistant Coach  Samantha Carr 

Samanth Carr re-joined the Lions' staff in July 2015 after spending three seasons with the Lions from 2010-12.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Samantha back to the Columbia field hockey family,” Nichols stated. “She brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and love for the game that will immediately impact this program. Samantha believes in the vision of we have for this program and is dedicated to developing our student athletes both on and off the field. She is a wonderful fit for Columbia and I look forward to working with her again.”

During her first stint at Columbia, Carr helped the Lions finish above the .500 mark in all three seasons on the sidelines. She also aided in guiding a talented Lions squad in 2011 that produced six All-Ivy League selections and tied for the program record for best conference record in school history at 5-2.

Carr’s previous coaching spot was at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where she was the head field hockey coach during the 2013 campaign.

Carr initially came to Morningside Heights after working as an assistant coach at Harvard in 2009.  Prior to her time with the Crimson, Carr was an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire from 2006-2008.

She began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State University. Carr was also an assistant coach for the USA Field Hockey Junior High Performance Program (New England Region) and director of field hockey operations for the Seacoast United Soccer Club in Hampton, New Hampshire.

While an undergrad at UNH, Carr was an America East first team all-conference selection in 2003 and was a National Field Hockey Coaches Association second team all-region honoree.  That same season she was named to the America East All-Tournament Team and America East Academic Honor Roll.  She helped the Wildcats reach the America East Championship final and NCAA tournament in 2000 and the America East semifinals in 2002 and 2003.

Carr earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from New Hampshire in 2004. She completed a master's degree in kinesiology and sports administration at Michigan State two years later.


Assistant Coach  Debbie Bell

Debbie Bell joined Caroline Nichols' staff prior to the 2015 season.

Bell came to Columbia from Manhattanville College, where she served as an assistant coach for two seasons. While there, she worked with the forwards and helped Manhattanville emerge as one of the top offenses in the country. Bell also was the recruiting coordinator and film analyst for the program.

Bell works with USA Field Hockey as a coach for the U16 Hudson Blue, a position she has held since 2009. Previously, she has had coaching stints at Rye High School, Bates College and her alma mater, Kent State.

As a player, Bell is the Kent State record holder with 97 career goals and was a third team All-American in 2010 to go with three All-Mac first team selections. A native of New Zealand, Bell earned her undergraduate degree in 2012.


Head Goal Keeping Coach: CN19 Summer Camp 15
Jackie Briggs


Jackie Briggs, helped the Tar Heels win two NCAA titles as a rising superstar goalkeeper before joining the U.S. National Team in 2010 and making field hockey a career.

Originally left off the 2011 Pan American Games roster, Briggs received a phone call a mere day prior to the start of the Olympic qualification tournament with a voice on the other end telling her to pack her bags and hop on the next flight to Guadalajara.

Briggs helped Team USA defeat Argentina to win its first Pan American gold medal and earn a berth in the 2012 Olympics in London. Briggs was a member of the gold medal Champions Challenge squad and a part of the U.S. squad that stunned the world with a fourth place finish at the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup.