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Mar, 2021

Gabi Coty Takes Over as Head Coach

After 13 years at the helm of the program, Forest Hills Field Hockey founder Andrea Shaner is handing off responsibility for the high school varsity team. Gabi Coty, who returned to the Grand Rapids area in 2018 after playing field hockey at Ohio Wesleyan University, will take over head coaching duties effective immediately.

Coty graduated from Forest Hills Northern in 2014 after playing four years in the Forest Hills Field Hockey program. Gabi was one of the senior captains on the 2013 team that made a surprise run to the Division 2 state championship game. That season, Coty was named to both the Academic All-State team and the NFHCA National All-Academic Squad. The 2013 team also won silver medals at both the State Games of Michigan and State Games of America tournaments.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Coty earned all-conference honors as a freshman defender, leading the league in defensive saves in 2014. After receiving her degree in Elementary Education, Gabi began teaching in the Ionia Public Schools in 2018 and led the Forest Hills Field Hockey middle school program. She then worked as an assistant for the varsity team in 2019 and 2020.

“I am excited to continue the growth of this team,” Coty said. “This program has been very important to me, and I look forward to continuing to shape the Forest Hills Field hockey family that Andrea has developed.”

Despite stepping down from her varsity head coach role, Andrea Shaner will remain with Forest Hills Field Hockey as club president and focus her coaching efforts on youth development. Shaner also serves as vice president of USA Field Hockey’s Michigan chapter and chair of its Boys’ Field Hockey committee.

“Passing the torch has not been an easy decision, but having someone like Gabi who grew up through our program come back and coach is really a special opportunity,” Shaner said. “She already has great relationships with our players, and having more recent college playing experience will help her bring new ideas to the team. It just feels like the right time to make this change, and I know she’s the right person for the challenge.”

Forest Hills Field Hockey has developed greatly since Shaner founded the club in 2007 and joined the Michigan High School Field Hockey Association in 2008. After rising through the ranks of lower divisions, the club finally won the Division 2 state championship in 2017. Now, Forest Hills plays in Division 1, competing with powerhouse programs in the Ann Arbor area that perpetually appear in regional and national high school rankings. Shaner won her 100th game as head coach in 2020 with an 8-0 win over Rockford.

After a COVID-abbreviated 2020 season, Forest Hills will start its 2021 campaign in August.
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