Matt Taylor, Founder and Lead Coach, MT13
Matt Taylor is a former England and Great Britain Senior International player who is entering his 20th year of coaching. As a coach, Taylor has been successful across all levels of hockey in the United Kingdom. He coached at the Beeston Hockey Club, in the English Premier League, for six years, first as an assistant coach, then as a head coach. During his time at Beeston, the club won three Premier League titles and earned a spot to compete in the European Hockey League three times. Taylor also served as the head coach at Cannock Hockey Club — under his leadership, they won six league titles in seven years and rose to the Premier League while simultaneously producing seven future Senior International players.
Currently, Taylor is the Director of Hockey at the University of Nottingham and the founder and lead coach at MT13, a company that runs hockey camps and courses in England. Individually, Taylor has developed over 40 players who have gone on to represent Great Britain on the international stage. Taylor's reputation as a coach is highly respected in the United Kingdom and he is regularly asked to be a guest coach for the English Development Program.
At the NFHCA Annual Convention
Taylor will be behind the podium to present "Coaching by Numbers" where he will show coaches how statistics can be used to promote fast-flowing hockey, create a detailed analysis of players, and improve teams' efficiency. He will show coaches how to apply data to topics like transfer play, circle positioning, and pressing. Taylor will also present at the Ready2Coach on-field clinics powered by Longstreth — "Advanced Elimination Skills" will give an in-depth look at 3D skills and first time passes with a special focus on grip, footwork, body angle, vision, and ball positioning. This practical session will be supported with video, active demonstrations, and detailed teaching notes.
Nicola Pitticas, Founder and Managing Director, Summer in the City LTD and Title IX Consultancy
Nicola Pitticas was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland and attended the University of Glasgow. It was during her time at university when Pitticas was diagnosed with cancer. After fighting the disease and beating it, she transferred to Michigan State University where she competed on the field hockey team and completed her degree in Classical Civilization and Ancient Greek.
Pitticas is now the founder and managing director of Summer in the City LTD and TitleIX Consultancy. Summer in the City LTD runs multi-sport and activities camps throughout Scotland for children between 4 and 14 years of age. Summer in the City employs over 12 people and has been going strong for a decade. Her other company, TitleIX Consultancy, works to help elite female athletes pursue NCAA playing careers in the United States.
At the NFHCA Annual Convention
At the podium, Pitticas will present "My Road to Division I" — an inspiring story about her journey through illness to Michigan State University where was a field hockey student-athlete. Pitticas will also present at the Ready2Coach on-field clinics powered by Longstreth — her topic will focus on elimination skills and early decision-making.