Former Penn State field hockey All-American Mallory (Weisen) Federoff graduated from Penn State in 2008 with a Kinesiology degree and turned that into a Master of Science in Sport Psychology at Lock Haven a few years later. From stand-out for head coach Char Morett-Curtiss to the 2021 USA Field Hockey National Umpire of the Year, Federoff’s story is a tale of hard work, dedication, and balance.
“Immediately after graduation in the fall of 2008, I took a full-time position as a health and physical education teacher at Mifflinburg High School where I did my student teaching,” Federoff recalls. “I only taught there the remainder of that academic year because I was hired as an assistant coach at Lock Haven University.”
Lock Haven, Division II in most sports, is Division I in field hockey and competes in the Atlantic 10. Federoff was on the Bald Eagle staff for seven seasons (from 2009 to 2015). While coaching at Lock Haven, she was a member of the US Women’s Indoor National Team from 2012-2105 and was selected to travel and compete in Argentina, Germany and here in USA Field Hockey’s own Big Apple Tournaments.
“I relocated to Pittsburgh after I got married to my husband, former Nittany Lion football player Larry Federoff. After moving to Pittsburgh, I started my own camps and clinics business, Upswing Clinics and then began officiating NCAA field hockey games in the fall of 2016 . I really started this to stay current with the collegiate game and stay connected to a sport that is such a big part of me.” As in all other parts of her career, it took little time for Federoff to excel as an official and she earned last year’s National Umpire of the Year award.
A native of Middleburg, Pa. and a Middleburg High School graduate, Weisen was a four-year letter winner at Penn State. She was a third team NHFCA All-American (2007), named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team (2007), played in the NHFCA Senior All-Star Game (2007), was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection ( 2006, 2007), was a first team NHFCA All-Region selection (2007) and a second-team All-Region pick (2006).
“I think the biggest life skills I took with me from my Penn State field hockey experience with Coach Char were time management, organization and holding myself accountable for my own actions,” Federoff says. “As an athlete, I’m most proud of being part of a team that played in the NCAA Championship game and as a student, I’m most proud of being a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree…and I didn’t t use any of my late drop credits!”
Federoff recalls her days in Happy Valley warmly. From being surprised by how many people knew and loved Coach Char to being around her teammates, Federoff’s collegiate days at Penn State were vital in creating the person she is now. From learning new life lessons to meeting the people that would become (and remain) best friends, Penn State will always be a part of the young lady from Middleburg.
“Some of my teammates became my best friends and I still miss the times we spent laughing and enjoying each other’s company,” she says. “My best friend and teammate, Jen (Long) Schmid, was an amazing field hockey player and an even better person. She continues to be an integral part of my life.”
When looking back on her own personal growth, Federoff intimates that she is, in hindsight, still amazed by how fast four years of college goes by. “If I could go back and tell young me one thing, it would be to take time to soak it all in. Don’t stress the small stuff because those four years go by so quicky!”
Now established professionally, personally, and continually in field hockey, Federoff believes her balanced life was made possible in many ways by her time spent in Happy Valley. “I’ve been blessed with several amazing experiences and opportunities in my life. But I’m most happy and proud of my family, especially our son Isaac!”