Co-founded in 1992 by Martin Romeril and the late Josh Kaligis, the Marojoka Hockey Club has provided out-of-school playing opportunities, especially Indoor Field Hockey events, to expand the experience of players of all abilities.
Hockey is a unique team sport, spanning four thousand years, from it's birth in ancient Egypt, as depicted in the Tomb of Kehti at Beni Hasan, circa 2,000 B.C., to the modern game of today. Everyone who chooses to pick up a stick can contribute to their team's performance. A game of almost unlimited choices, the ability to recognize the conditions at any moment of play, and to choose wisely from the options available, is more important than superior athletic ability when determining a player's effectiveness on the pitch.
The sport of Field hockey is a game. A game should be fun. Our Club chooses to help each athlete fulfill their potential as a player, while remembering to enjoy playing.
After all - Field Hockey is a part of life, not life itself.
We currently utilize two indoor facilities for our hockey programs.
The Whitehall-Skateaway on Lehigh Street is the site for all our competitive indoor travel team training sessions. This facility features a full international size indoor court on a beautiful double layer wooden floor.
Our HYPE(Help Your Play Excel) Hockey training program will be held at new indoor turf at the St. Luke's Fitness & Sports Performance Center at 702 Union Boulevard in Allentown for 2020-21.
(Daughter's Year of Graduation)
President – Martin Romeril
CFO / Membership – Amy Trocki (2025)
Uniforms – Kelly Cornwell (2029)
Communications – Robin Matis (2025, 2029)
Social Media- Melissa Grohotolsky (2028)
Fundraising - Heather Hamilton (2029)
Travel / Outside Director - Becky Haldeman
Coach Romeril currently holds a USA Level II coaching certification, has achieved USA Level 2 Indoor and Outdoor Umpire ratings, is entering his fourth decade as a PIAA official, was the last individual in NCAA history to simultaneously serve as Head Coach of both a Division I Field Hockey and Division I Women’s Lacrosse program, and is a veteran nine year Varsity scholastic coach. Twelve years playing in the North East Field Hockey Association introduced him to both artificial turf and Indoor Hockey, while playing with four eventual members of the 1996 US Men's Olympic Team as a member of the Rye Hockey Club. Since the inaugural 1990 Futures Development sessions, Coach Romeril has served many years as a Futures coach, also coaching at the AAU Junior Olympics, National “B” Camp, and participated in many training matches against the USA Women’s National team during the 1990s.
Coach Downey started her field hockey career her freshman year of high school in 2013. She was a three year varsity starter at Bethlehem Catholic High School, joining Marojoka field hockey club as a member of the U-16 team. After Bethlehem Catholic, she went on to play Division III field hockey at Alvernia University. At AU, Coach Downey helped her team win the 2017 ECAC tournament and qualify for the MAC tournament multiple years. In the summers, she worked with the Bethlehem Catholic team to prepare for their fall season in the summer sessions. Throughout her field hockey career, she has mostly played as a midfielder, but has started in games, both in high school and college, as a forward or defender. After completing her collegiate career in 2021, Coach Downey is now back at Bethlehem Catholic as one of the coaches. She looks forward to working with Marojoka once again!
Coach Deluca is a 2013 graduate of Stroudsburg High School. She went on to play field hockey at Seton Hill University and graduated in 2017. She is currently teaching special education in East Stroudsburg Area School District, where she is also the assistant varsity field hockey coach. Coach Deluca has played field hockey for 15 years. She loves teaching the game and watching players grow as athletes and young women.
Coach Saul started her field hockey career at Northampton High School. She graduated in 1993 and went to Rutgers University where she was a 4 year defense and midfield starter as well as a team captain. She was a Northern Lehigh JV coach in 1997, and a Kutztown University Grad Assistant Coach for the years 1998 and 1999. From 2000-2010, Coach Saul was the Phillipsburg High School Head Varsity Coach, achieving 8 sectional appearances and 100+ victories. From 2012-2015, she was the Catasauqua Head Varsity Coach, and the team had 4 consecutive postseason appearances. Since 2016, Coach Saul has been the Northampton Area High School Head Varsity Coach, where the team has been in EPC and District XI AAA championships and has achieved 60+ victories. Coach Carrie (Martnick) Saul was deeply involved with Marojoka Hockey Club as a player when cofounder Martin Romeril was growing his program. She understands the importance of teaching team unity while developing decision making skills. Coach Saul believes in the core values of Marojoka Hockey Club and has returned to coach at the club that helped develop her into a Division I player. Coach Saul coaches U16 and U14 athletes at Marojoka, where she has held her role since 2018.
Coach Henry has been a full time coach with Marojoka for a year now. She just recently graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in May where she played Division I field hockey and was a 4 year starter, as well as earned B.S. in Interdisciplinary Health Services. Throughout her 4 years at St. Joseph's, the field hockey team was 3x A10 Champions and made 3 NCAA appearances. While in college, Coach Henry coached with Marty in the winter and the summer. She is also a Level One Certified USA Field Hockey Coach and has coached for the USA Futures program and at the Regional Futures Tournament. This year is also Coach Henry's first-year coaching at Northampton (her alma mater), with Coach Carrie Saul. At Northampton, Coach Henry was a 3 year starter, and she received first team accolades her senior year and also played for Marojoka throughout her time in high school. As a Marojoka player Coach Henry and her team reached the National Indoor Tournament in Virginia and also achieved 4th place at the Disney Showcase.
Marojoka Field Hockey Options
Marojoka offers several opportunities for players to expand their Hockey skills.
Competitive Indoor Travel teams practice on an indoor field hockey court and play in indoor field hockey tournaments throughout the winter months.
The HYPE- Help Your Play Excel- Hockey training is meant for field hockey players that want to keep their stick on a ball throughout the winter months. There will be two consecutive 7-week sessions offered for players to continue to train on turf during the winter months.
Spring Hockey - single and multi-day playing opportunities at various colleges, local high schools, and other facilities from late March through the summer months.
Summer leagues - full field play in multiple local summer leagues.