Gateway Field Hockey Staff

Kelly Yates (Owner/ Director)

  • 2016 St. Louis Umpire of the Year
  • 2016 Inducted to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame!
  • 2010 Inducted (Along with Southwest Missouri State 1979 National Championship team) into the Missouri Hall of Fame
  • 2009-2011 NFHCA 2nd Vice President
  • 2009 Marked the 30 year anniversary National Champions
  • 1980-2008 Career Coaching Record:  359-126-26 (retired 2008)
  • 2007 NFHCA Presenter-"Developing a Junior Field Hockey Program"
  • 2005 & 2006 NFHCA H. S. All-America Committee & NFHCA H. S. Coach of the Year Committee
  • 2004 NFHCA National Junior Coach of the Year
  • 2005 Zonta Club of St. Louis Women of Achievement Award
  • 2000 Missouri State University Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2006 Enshrined into the 300 Victory Club in Philadelphia by NFHCA
  • Member of the 1979 Southwest Missouri State National Championship team, 5th All-Time Scoring Leader and all-time assist leader at Missouri State.
  • 35 year field hockey career, Kelly has played, coached and officiated at the high school and collegiate level.
  • Coached at St. Louis University for 9 years (1982-1990) Record at St. Louis University 113-83-15, Coached 4 players now in the St. Louis University Hall of Fame
  • Former Physical Education Teacher - 25 years in St. Louis
  • Invited by Pam Hixon (former national coach) to identify top high school players in the U.S. and coach at the College Connection Camp this summer. 
  • Husband to Joe and mother of Kate Graft (Gateway assistant director) and Meg Larkin, grandmother to four.
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Kelly and Kate (Mother and Daughter)

Contact Us!

Phone Number - 314-422-8998

Kelly Yates -

Kate Graft -

Lynsey Porter -

Kate Graft (Director)

  • Became the first coach in St. Louis history to win state titles at two different schools
  • Guided Villa Duchesne to the 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 Missouri Field Hockey State  Championship
    Guided Lafayette to the 2011 Missouri Field Hockey State Championship.
  • Reached 200 high school career coaching wins during 2017 season
  • Reached 300 high school career coaching wins during the 2022 season.
  • 2011 NFHCA Regional and National High School Coach of the Year.
  • Served as Head Coach at Lafayette High School for four seasons, after assisting for one year.
  • A 2008 graduate of Indiana University, Kate is currently 3rd on the All-time points leader for the Hoosiers.
  • Second in scoring for the Hoosiers in 2006 and first in 2007.
  • Captain on the 2007 IU team.  She also earned All-Big 10 honors in 2007.
  • A four-year starter at Lafayette High School where she played for her mom, Kate was the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Player of the Year in 2003.
  • Named to the 2002 and 2003 NFHCA West Region All-America team.
  • Also played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse at Lafayette High School.
  • Served three years as the USA Field Hockey Futures Region 10 Futures Director of Coaching.
  • Has achieved her Level I and Level II Coaching Certification.
  • Married in 2014 to husband, Billy and they enjoy playing golf and traveling!

Gateway Coaches


Jen Bisch - Coach


Lynsey Porter - Coach, Special Events and Recruiting Coordinator


Grace Woods - Coach, and Administrative and Social Media Intern


Lexi Lindblad - Coach


Kate Barber - Coach


Dawn Callahan - Coach and Umpire


Kris Johnson - Coach


Jessica Weed - Coach


Vivi Keefer - Coach


Sarah Baumann - Coach


Sara Nagel - Coach


Leah Jones - Coach


Skylar Starbeck - GK Coach


Alex Arnette - Coach


Maggie Young - Coach


Mara Simpson - Coach


Claire Woods - Coach


Demi Wideman - Coach