For Immediate Release
August 9, 2012
Courtesy of Saint Anselm Athletics Communications
Manchester, N.H. – Saint Anselm College Director of Athletics, Dr. Kelly Higgins, announced Tuesday that Carolyn King has been hired as the new field hockey head coach, effective Aug. 8.
"After a thorough interview process, I am extremely excited to offer the position to Coach King as the next field hockey coach at Saint Anselm," Higgins said. "Carolyn set herself apart as she brings five years of experience as an assistant coach with strong programs, knows the game as a student-athlete, offers international experience and truly cares about the experience and well-being of the student-athlete. We look forward to her helping us elevate Saint Anselm field hockey to the next level."
King, a native of Hanover, Mass., arrives on the Hilltop after serving the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at SUNY Cortland. Last season, the Red Dragons finished 12-7 after extending their NCAA Tournament appearance streak to 13 straight seasons and capturing a SUNYAC Championship. In 2010, Cortland dropped a 1-0 decision in the SUNYAC final and then fell by one in the NCAA Regionals to conclude the season at 16-5.
Prior to joining Cortland, King was an assistant coach with Bates College for three seasons, including 2008 when the Bobcats earned a tournament berth in the competitive NESCAC conference. King also served as an assistant softball coach at Bates in 2009 and 2010.
In addition, King has also served as a coach for the USA Field Hockey Futures development program, the U16 indoor and outdoor Katahdin Field Hockey Club, as well as a U19 team at the National Field Hockey Festival in Indio, Calif.
King was a four-year varsity field hockey forward at Bates from 2003-06 and also played catcher for the softball team from 2004-05. Internationally, King suited up in South Africa as an independent player in 2006, played in Holland that same year as a member of the Bates squad and then traveled to Argentina as a member of the Bates coaching staff in 2009.
"I want to thank athletic director, Dr. Kelly Higgins, and associate athletic director, Donna Guimont, for this incredible opportunity to be the next head field hockey coach at Saint Anselm College," King said. "I am truly honored to be a part of the Saint Anselm College community and athletic department. I look forward to continuing the growth and success of the Saint Anselm College field hockey program."
King received her B.A. in English from Bates in 2007 and then obtained her Master's Degree in English from Cortland in 2012. She currently resides in Biddeford, Maine.