Head Coach Betsy Gorse
Betsy Gorse joined Shady Side Academy in 1988 as a Certified Athletic Trainer, physical education teacher and Varsity field hockey coach. She led the varsity team for nine seasons, from 1988 through 1996, initially as members of the non-defunct ISGAL. Then in 1993, the field hockey team was one of the first SSA teams to join the WPIAL. SSA won the WPIAL title that first season and went on to win four straight championships from 1993 - 1996. In 1997, Gorse joined the SSA Middle School in its first year of co-education. She teaches Health and Physical Education and was the Middle School Athletic Director for 20 years. She launched the Middle School field hockey team and continues to help coach that team. She also coaches swimming and recently the recreational tennis team. Gorse resumed her role as the head coach of the Varsity Field Hockey team in 2018 and she earned her Level 2 Field Hockey coaching certification in 2019. Currently, the varsity team has won back-to-back WPIAL titles in 2018 and 2019!
Coach Gorse and her husband Keith have two children, both SSA alumni: Erin ‘12 and Tyler ‘16.