History of Gateway Field Hockey

Gateway Field Hockey is proud to celebrate 40 years of growing the love of field hockey in St. Louis, MO!  Since 1985, Gateway has grown from a single summer camp, into one of the most prominent and successful clubs in the country.  Our club teams are consistently ranked in the top 10 in the USA and #1 in Missouri through our success at various regional and national level tournaments.  We are proud to offer a variety of field hockey programs for all skill levels of athletes in grades PK-12! Whether you are new to the sport, want to do well at high school tryouts, or play at the collegiate level, we are confident we have a program to help you reach your goal.


Gateway field hockey is owned and directed by long time field hockey coach and umpire, Kelly Yates.  A St. Louis native, Kelly Yates, was a member of the 1979 Southwest Missouri State University National Championship team.  After college, she returned to St. Louis where she coached at a variety of high schools as well as serving as the Head Coach for Saint Louis University for nine seasons.  In 1984, Yates saw the need to grow field hockey in the midwest so she decided to start Gateway Field Hockey. Gateway Field Hockey grew from one camp to over ten camps in various cities in the Midwest and Southwest into the 1990s.  In the 1990s Gateway Field Hockey began the Gateway Field Hockey Club by taking three teams (Team Gateway St. Louis, Team Gateway Midwest, and Team Gateway Southwest) to the National Field Hockey Festival. In the late 1990s Gateway Field Hockey expanded with recreational leagues during the fall, winter, and spring in St. Louis.  In 2000, Gateway Field Hockey Club expanded to a year-round club and attended the first annual Disney Field Hockey Showcase where they placed 2nd in the inaugural event.  Both Kelly's daughters (Kate and Meg) as well as many of our club coaches today were members of the Gateway Club teams in the 90s and 2000s... Gateway was the first club in the midwest to attend these yearly tournaments and has had incredible success since. Since inception, Gateway has been at the forefront of field hockey clubs leading the way for many clubs across the country.

In 2008, Kelly’s daughter, Kate graduated college and came back to work for Gateway while teaching and coaching locally in the St. Louis area. Prep Club, Elite Premier, Learn to Play clinics, and more have been added to the program offerings in the late 2000s. In 2015, Gateway moved their outdoor home from Soccer Park to SportPort International, with the building of a beautiful water-based turf field and numerous field turfs.  We now offer a wide variety of programs for any level athlete from ages 4-19 years old. Gateway  Elite Club is continuously ranked the #1 club in Missouri and in the top 10 in the USA! Over 450 Gateway athletes reach their dreams of playing field hockey and college through the Gateway Field Hockey programs! We invite you to join us this season and grow your love of field hockey with us!