Leslie Caito-Jones Coaching Again at MB this Fall
Veteran field hockey coach Leslie Caito-Jones has returned to coach Moses Brown field hockey this fall, leading the program she built and stepping in for one season for current MB coach Maura (Strickland) O’Rourke who’s on family leave.
Leslie is coaching with Rachel Motta this fall, with Maura slated to return next year.
On any given day, Moses Brown athletes, coaches and families find Leslie at the hub of Quaker Nation, calling all the plays and details for MB Athletics from her perch in the Athletics office. As Athletics Program Coordinator at MB, Leslie is at the center of it all, fielding calls and queries from her stand-up desk. Similarly, when Leslie calls the team together to convey techniques and plays to new and veteran players alike, her years of expertise as a coach and a player make hers the knowledgeable voice players listen to. “Not only has Leslie helped me become a better athlete, but through her encouragement and support, she has helped shape me into the strong and confident young woman I am today,” says one former player.
But for Leslie, field hockey has always been about more than the wins.
“For me, MB’s field hockey program has always been about so more than playing competitive field hockey,” Leslie says. “This is a place where girls learn the value of teamwork, camaraderie, and physical activity, enjoy a safe space to learn and grow, and really is a second family where everyone — kids and families—come together to have fun.”
With this mindset, Leslie has formed long-standing friendships with the young women who have played for her. “The remarkably well-rounded and enjoyable nature of Moses Brown student-athletes is one the reasons I have enjoyed coaching and working at MB,” Leslie says. Her enthusiasm, positive reinforcement, intensity, and open dialogue with her players make her a highly effective coach.
She is a firm believer in the role of athletics in the student experience and affirms that being a part of a team “is one of the most enriching experiences anyone could ever have.”
When she retired from coaching, Leslie said she’d never coach anywhere else besides MB. This stint has personal significance as well as she coaches her daughter Kennedy ’22 in her senior year.
Leslie led the Quakers field hockey for 19 years and in that time the team had a 204-89-22 record and took the team to Division 1 with nine state championship appearances, six state titles, seven division titles, and four undefeated seasons. She was named Coach of the Year in 2013 by the Rhode Island Athletic Directors Association.
MB field hockey has won all of their games to date; see mbquakers.com for their fall schedule.