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Wildcat Field Hockey Camp

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Wildcat Field Hockey Camp

The Ethel Walker School Wildcat Field Hockey Camp is designed to develop field hockey athletes by teaching innovative stick work skills, shooting techniques, defensive strategies, and team tactics. Our priority is to establish the best base for each athlete to enhance their field hockey game.

We teach team tactics such as attacking or counterattacking, slow or quick tempo, and short or long passing to allow athletes to sharpen their hockey IQ. We offer individual instruction; therefore, during specific sessions, we group athletes according to ability, experience, maturity, or competitive spirit. 

Evening sessions consist of game competitions. Each athlete plays an equal amount of time in games, and our coaches give individual attention. 

Camp Philosophy

The philosophy of The Ethel Walker School Wildcat Field Hockey Camp is to teach new skills and good sportsmanship, and allow athletes to learn and have fun in an organized and responsible way.


Camp information

DatesAugust 9-12, 2023
LocationThe Ethel Walker School Turf Athletic Fields
AgesOpen to athletes entering grades 7-12 in fall 2023

Registration for 2023 will be available in the spring. For more information in the meantime, contact Camp Director and Head Field Hockey Coach Mimi Duran at mduran@ethelwalker.org or 860-408-4294.

Head Coach

The Ethel Walker School Wildcat Field Hockey Camp is directed and coached by Walker’s Head Field Hockey Coach Mimi Duran. Duran has over 30 years of coaching experience, both in independent and public schools. She began her tenure at Walker’s in fall 2007 leading an aggressive field hockey effort, winning seven CISAC League titles, six CISAC Tournament titles, and Class C Western New England Prep School Association (WNEPSA) Championship titles in 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Her teams have appeared in the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Field Hockey Tournament in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2014 through 2019.

Mimi is a Coach of the Year recipient from both the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) and the Connecticut Field Hockey Coaches Association (CFHCA). She is a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) 300 Victory Club Award recipient and has been selected to membership in the New Agenda: Northeast Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2015, Mimi was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame. Recently she was awarded the M.D. Nadal Award for Sportsmanship, given annually by heads of school and athletics directors from the Founders League.

In addition to her coaching duties, Mimi Duran is Walker’s Associate Athletic Director. She holds a Master’s degree in Professional Sports Management from Georgetown University.

Mimi Duran coaching

Current and Former Staff

Dee Stephan, Assistant Director – Head Lacrosse Coach, Eastern Connecticut State University; Former Dodgers Club Field Hockey Coach and Dodgers Field Hockey Camp Director.

Margaret Bristol – Head Field Hockey Coach, Canton High School; USA Futures/NEXUS Coach and Dodgers Field Hockey camps and clinics. Coach Bristol was named the 2019 Connecticut High School Field Hockey Class S Coach of the Year.

Ava Calma – 2022 Walker’s graduate; Saint Louis University

Brianna Duba – 2019 Walker’s graduate; Two-Year Captain at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Duba was the 2020 Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year, an All-League First Team selection, named to the NFHCA All-Region III First Team and the National All-American Third Team. In addition, Duba was selected to The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-ECAC Team and named the Defensive Player of the Year for the ECAC. Duba was chosen to play in the 2022 Division III Senior Game.

Keeley Duran – 2018 Walker’s graduate; two-year captain at Hamilton College. Duran was selected to the 2021 NESCAC Field Hockey All-Conference Second Team and the Division III All-Region Second Team.

Alana King – Junior field hockey player at Hamilton College

Lexi King – 2017 Walker’s graduate; 2020 captain at Brown University

Grace Majka – 2019 Walker’s graduate; 2022 captain at Springfield College

Liza Phillips – 2017 Walker’s graduate; two-year captain at Nichols College. While at Nichols, Phillips received the Richard Scheffler Sixth Man Award for her work behind the scenes. She was been named to the 2022 Women’s Open Field Hockey Team that competed for the United States at the 21st Maccabiah in Israel.

Ava Rivera – 2020 Walker’s graduate; goalie at Washington College. Rivera was twice named Goose Nation TV Shorewoman Player of the Game last fall for her stellar goaltending.