About Our Coaches
Coastal Clash has developed a diverse coaching staff to help train all players. Read below to get to know them better.
Director/ Head Coach
Amanda began playing at El Capitan High School where she played from 2003-2006. Amanda received Grossmont League MVP her senior year. She currently ranks in the top 10 all-time in San Diego for career goals (72), and goals scored in a season (48). Amanda played for UCSD in the Western Collegiate Field Hockey Conference from 2009-2012 where she earned Conference Offensive MVP 2010 and holds multiple scoring records. Amanda began her coaching career at El Capitan as assistant varsity coach in 2007 and 2008. She coached the first ever high school boys team in the United States 2010-2011 at El Capitan. She is currently the head varsity coach for La Jolla High School (2017-present) where she has elevated the program to a consistent top team in San Diego and is the head coach of UCSD (2016-present) where she has accolades including winning the California state championships 4 years in a row. Amanda began coaching for Coastal Clash in 2012, and became Club Director of The Coastal Clash Field Hockey Club in 2015.
Tucker began playing field hockey for the East County Gators at the age of 15, playing multiple tournaments in adult divisions. After graduating, he started umpiring and in 2014 became the instructional chair for the San Diego official’s association and the rules interpreter for the state of California in 2022. Tucker has had the opportunity to umpire throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico officiating games including NCAA division 1, The US Men’s and Women’s Senior and Junior National Teams, The Canadian Junior National Team, and The Austrian and Brazilian Senior National Teams. As a coach, he was part of the staff for the first ever boys high school field hockey team in 2010 and 2011 at El Capitan. He is currently the assistant varsity coach for La Jolla High School. Tucker has been a coach with Coastal Clash since 2012 and became Co-Club Director in 2015.
Sandy Martinez has been heavily involved in field hockey most her life. Her playing career began at Grossmont College in 1975 where they won the WAC conference. She continues to play at an elite level. She currently plays for The USA Women’s Master’s team where she has won an O60 gold medal at the 2019 European Cup, and a bronze medal at the O65 Master’s World Cup. Her accolades as a player can only be surpassed by her incredible dedication to coaching and the progression of Women’s sports. Her accomplishments include the founding of El Capitan’s field hockey program where she was a teacher for nearly 30 years and is now a Triple Inductee to their athletics hall of fame (Athlete/Coach/Community Member). Her contagious, passionate coaching style has led to an exponential growth of field hockey in San Diego where a number of her past athletes are now coaches themselves, including her son Manny who is a coach for the NCAA D1 team at UC Berkeley. Sandy is currently the head JV A coach at La Jolla High School (2021-present) and an instrumental member of the Coastal Clash Coaching staff (2017-present).
Manny began playing at his mother’s high school field hockey practices. He quickly ascended from the U18 national development squad, to the Men’s Junior National Team, to the The U.S Men’s Senior National Team. He has toured the world playing in Holland, Germany, England, Poland, France, Canada, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Singapore, and Malaysia, just to name a few. Manny was the JV coach in 2009 at La Jolla high school, futures program coach for 4 years, 2010 Men’s U19 regional national head coach, and 2010 Men’s U15 development assistant coach. Manny is a current member of The Men’s National Team and actively trains in Adelaide, Australia.
Michael (Mikey) Barminski
Mikey began playing field hockey in the second grade at an after-school program and has never looked back. He has since risen to play on both the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team and U.S. Men’s National Team. Mikey has played internationally on numerous countries on four different continents. He has played at events such as World League Round 1 (Chula Vista, CA), World League Round 2 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Australian Youth Olympic Festival (Sydney, Australia), and completed a European Tour (Den Hague, The Netherlands & Antwerp, Belgium). Mikey is an active member of The U.S Men’s National Team and continues to train right here in San Diego at the Olympic Training Center.
Ajai began playing field hockey at the age of 8. Working hard his entire life, Ajai joined The U.S National Team in 2009. He has since helped Team USA advance to World League Round 2 and earn a bronze medal in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Ajai has travels around the world for field hockey. He visited Lille, France for Champions Challenge II in 2011, Sydney, Australia for The Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2013, and most recetly made a European Tour to Den Hague, The Netherlands & Antwerp, Belgium in 2015. Ajai continues to train right here in San Diego at the United States Olympic Training Center and is the current coach of Canyon Crest Academy.