Jennifer Pelleriti, a 1995 Northwestern graduate, enters her sixth season with the field hockey program.
Pelleriti returned to her alma mater and reunited with former teammate Kelly McCollum to serve as assistant coaches for their NU mentor, Marisa Didio, in 2003; following the season, Didio retired, McCollum took over as the Wildcats' head coach, and Pelleriti moved into the top assistant position.
Pelleriti returned to Evanston after spending the 2002 season as the head field hockey coach at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.
Pelleriti has a diverse coaching background. While teaching English at Roosevelt High School in Seattle from 2000-02, she coached softball, junior varsity soccer and junior varsity basketball.
Prior to her stint as a teacher, Pelleriti attended Syracuse University and earned dual master's degrees in English and English education. During that time, she also was an assistant field hockey coach for the Orange.
Pelleriti is a master coach for the Windy City winter club program. She also has been highly involved in the U.S. Field Hockey Association, where she was the head coach for the Futures Program in the Central New York region from 1998-1999 and for the Illinois site in 2004. She also was an assistant field hockey coach at Brown University during her first year after graduating from Northwestern.
In May 2008, Pelleriti completed additional work with the USFHA when she assisted with the US Field Hockey High Performance Midwest Regional team. Four members of her Wildcat squad were selected to compete in the national trials at the University of Iowa for a chance at a roster spot on the US National Team.
As a Wildcat, Pelleriti earned her degree in comparative literary studies and played an integral role in the 1994 Northwestern team's run to the Big Ten title and the NCAA Tournament's national semifinals. For her efforts, she was named to the NCAA National Championship All-Tournament Team and to the Midwest Region All-America team that same season. Pelleriti also was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Pelleriti and her husband Rob Sarmiento, head basketball coach at St. Rita High School, live in Chicago with their 3-year old daughter, Mia.