Coaching Staff

Michael Boal

Michael Boal

Associate Head Coach

Michael Boal is in his sixth year as assistant coach at the University of Iowa. 

Last season, Boal helped guide Iowa to its best season since 2011, winning 14 games, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament, and finishing second in the Big Ten Tournament. The Iowa coaching staff was named NFHCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year. Boal was instrumental in six Hawkeyes garnering postseason accolades. Sophomore Maddy Murphy, who led Iowa with 13 goals and 33 points, was a NFHCA third All-American, NFHCA first team All-West Regional selection, and a first team All-Big Ten selection. Junior Katie Birch led the team in assists (10) to earn NFHCA second team All-America honors, NFHCA first team All-West Region honors, and second team All-Big Ten honors. Sophie Sunderland, a second team All-Big Ten selection, joined freshman Anthe Nijziel and Ellie Holley as NFHCA second team All-West Regional selections. The Hawkeyes finished 14-7 (4-4) with a trip to the NCAA Tournament. 

In 2017, Boal helped mentor Katie Birch and Maddy Murphy to postseason honors. Birch led Iowa  in goals (14), points (36), and shots (68) to earn First Team All-Big Ten,  NFHCA First Team All-West Regional, and NFHCA Third Team All-American honors.  Birch registered four multi-goal games, including two hat tricks. Freshman Maddy Murphy earned Second Team All-BIg Ten and NFHCA Second Team All-West honors. Murphy ranked second on the team in goals (11), points (25), and shots (34), while also scoring three-game winning goals. The Hawkeyes finished 7-11 and 3-5 in the Big Ten last season.  

In 2016, Boal helped guide three Hawkeyes to postseason accolades. Natalie Cafone earned All-American accolades for the third straight season, and was named NFHCA first team All-Region for the second straight season. Cafone was also named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the NFHCA West Region Player of the Year for the second time. Chandler Ackers earned second team All-Big Ten and NFHCA second team All-West Region recognition for the second year in a row. Katie Birch was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was also named second team All-Big Ten and NFHCA second team All-West Region. The Hawkeyes finished the 2016 season ranked No. 15 with a 12-7 record.  

In 2015, Boal helped guide a pair of Hawkeyes to postseason accolades. Stephanie Norlander earned All-America accolades for the second straight year, and was named NFHCA first team All-Region. Norlander, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, finished the season ranked third in the Big Ten in goals scored (16) and fourth in points (26). Chandler Ackers earned the first postseason honors of her career. The junior was named second team All-Region and second-team All-Big Ten after tallying a career-high eight goals and registering six assists for the Hawkeyes in 2015.
 
In 2014, Boal helped guide an Iowa team that ranked seventh nationally and averaged more than three goals per game to an 11-7 overall mark while finishing 4-4 in conference play. The Hawkeyes finished fifth in the Big Ten and earned a berth in the conference tournament for the 22nd consecutive year.
 
Prior to his arrival at Iowa, Boal worked at James Madison, where he joined the staff as associate head coach in July of 2013. He was named interim head coach in October of 2013, and served in that role for the remainder of the 2013 season, leading the Dukes to a 4-2 finish and a tie for third in the Colonial Athletic Association. Boal also served as an assistant coach for the Dukes during the 2010 season, coaching goalkeepers and playing a key role in recruiting efforts.
 
In between his two stops at James Madison, Boal spent two seasons as the associate head coach at Virginia, helping lead the Cavaliers to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
 
The Sunderland, England, native served as the assistant director of hockey at Durham University in the United Kingdom prior to coaching at the NCAA Division I level. He was responsible for the coaching and development of both men's and women's performance groups, recruiting across Europe, match preparation, video analysis, and conducting coaching and evaluation sessions for all 16 intramural college teams.
 
At Durham University Boal assisted Gavin Featherstone, a renowned double Olympic and World Cup head coach for the USA and South Africa field hockey teams. They led the men's and women's teams at Durham to top-10 rankings amongst United Kingdom universities, and won National North Conference Championships and Northern Division One Championships in 2010.
 
Before joining the staff at Durham, Boal coached at the Olton & West Warwick's Hockey Club for four years. He was involved in all aspects of the management of the women's first and second teams, including daily planning and conducting of practice, and physical training. He coached the women's first team in the prominent English National Premier League at the age of 20, making Boal the youngest ever to coach a women's team in the League.
 
While at Olton & West Warwick's, Boal also coached players with national and international representative honors, including two 2008 Olympians for Great Britain. He developed three representatives for the Junior World Cup and two under-18 Internationals.
 
Boal graduated with honors from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom in June of 2009. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports management and was an ambassador for the university. Boal made four British University Finals Appearances as a player and coach and was part of their 2006-07 National League winning side.

Roz Ellis

Roz Ellis

Assistant Coach

Roz Ellis is in her second year as assistant coach at the University of Iowa. 

Last season, Ellis helped lead Iowa to a 14-7 record capped off with a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. The Hawkeyes used a mid-season six-game win streak and a Big Ten Tournament runner-up finish to receive an at-large NCAA Tournament bid against Wake Forest.  Ellis and the Hawkeyes coaching staff were named NFHCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year. Ellis was instrumental in six Hawkeyes garnering postseason accolades. Sophomore Maddy Murphy, who led Iowa with 13 goals and 33 points, was a NFHCA third All-American, NFHCA first team All-West Regional selection, and a first team All-Big Ten selection. Junior Katie Birch led the team in assists (10) to earn NFHCA second team All-America honors, NFHCA first team All-West Region honors, and second team All-Big Ten honors. Sophie Sunderland, a second team All-Big Ten selection, joined freshman Anthe Nijziel and Ellie Holley as NFHCA second team All-West Regional selections. Iowa's 14 wins in 2018 were the most since 2011. 

Ellis wasthe associate field hockey coach at Temple University since 2015. Prior to coaching at Temple, she was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville for a year in 2014 where the Cardinals finished 15-6 and made the NCAA Tournament. 

Before coaching at Louisville, Ellis was the top assistant field hockey coach at the University of Massachusetts. In her three years at UMass (2011-14), she helped build a field hockey powerhouse in the Atlantic 10 Conference. In 2012 and 2013, she helped lead the team to a 34-14 record, including two A10 Conference Championships and two NCAA Tournament Appearances. 

Her coaching career began at Appalachian State University in 2009 as an assistant coach, followed by a one-year stay at Wake Forest University as a volunteer assistant coach where the Demon Deacons made the NCAA Tournament. 

Before coaching, Ellis had a standout career while playing at the University of Iowa from 2005-08. In four years, she started all 83 games of her career, scored 14 goals on 53 shots, and recorded 11 assists. As an anchor of the Hawkeye defense, her play on the pitch garnered many notable accolades. 

In 2007 as a junior, Ellis was a third team All-American by WomensFieldHockey.com, a NFHCA second team All-Regional selection, a first team All-Big Ten selection, an academic All-Big Ten selection, and a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award winner. Ellis  played a key role in helping lead Iowa to back-to-back Big Ten Tournament Championships and an NCAA Tournament appearance. 

In 2008 as a senior and team captain, Ellis was a first team All-Big Ten honoree, a NFHCA second team All-American, first team NFHCA All-West Regional selection, a NCAA All-Tournament team selection, and a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award winner. Her senior year marked Iowa's third straight Big Ten Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. This year also marked Iowa's first Final Four appearance since 1999. Ellis helped lead Iowa to two wins in the NCAA Tournament before falling to #1 Maryland 2-1 in double overtime. 

Following her collegiate career, Ellis was a member of the Women's National Championship Tournament (HPC) from 2006-2011 as well as the Old Alexandra Club in Dublin, Ireland, in 2010.

Her coaching experience experience extends beyond the college ranks. Ellis gained USA Field Hockey Level 2 Coaching Certification in 2011 and 2017 and was a part of the Level II Women's National Team Coaching Forum from 2014-17. 

Most recently, Ellis was an assistant coach for the USA Field Hockey Women's National Development Team in 2017-18.

A Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, native, Ellis graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a bachelor  of arts degree in English. She has four older siblings -- Josh, Lauren, Erin, and Evan -- and is the daughter of Darcie Hostetler and Peter Ellis.