CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Anne Kietzman has been hired as the fourth head coach in the history of the Washington College field hockey program, Director of Athletics Thad Mooreannounced today. Kietzman, a former Division III All-American and one-time interim head coach at Centennial Conference rival Dickinson, comes to Washington College from Division II Newberry (S.C), where she served as head coach and led the Wolves to their best-ever season this past fall.
"I am thrilled to be the next field hockey coach at Washington College and I would like to thank Thad Moore, Kim Lessard, and the entire search committee for this incredible opportunity," Kietzman remarks. "During the interview process, I was struck by the passion that the student-athletes, coaches, and administrators have for the College and for the field hockey program. I am eager to be part of such a vibrant campus community."
"We are pleased to welcome Anne as our new field hockey coach," Moore states. "Throughout the interview process, it was easy to see Anne's drive and passion for the game and her strong desire to join the Washington College family. We are convinced Anne's enthusiasm, impressive and thorough knowledge of field hockey, and dedication to her athletes' well-being and to Division III values will enhance our continued commitment to providing an overall outstanding student-athlete experience."
In one season at Newberry College, Kietzman guided the fourth-year program to six wins in 17 games and its first-ever conference victory. In the Wolves' previous three seasons, the team had won a total of seven games, with just four of those victories coming against Division II competition. Perhaps most impressively, Kietzman coached the Wolves to a 5-2 record in games decided by one goal this past fall. Two of Kietzman's student-athletes earned all-conference honors.
"I am so grateful for my time at Newberry and for the guidance of [Newberry Director of Athletics] Ralph Patterson. I will always count myself lucky to have been a part of the Newberry family," Kietzman reflects.
Kietzman spent the 2015-16 academic year at Dickinson College, serving as assistant coach during the playing season as the Red Devils went 12-7 and advanced to the Centennial Conference Semifinals. Four Red Devils were named to the all-conference team with one becoming the program's first-ever All-American. Kietzman served as interim head coach of the Red Devils in the spring, managing all aspects of the team's non-traditional season.
Kietzman's coaching career began at Bates College, where she served as assistant coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. She has gained additional coaching experience through working with a number of youth club teams, clinics, and camps throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England.
While a student-athlete at William Smith College, Kietzman compiled an impressive list of accolades. She was named to the 2012 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America first team and was tabbed as an All-American by WomensFieldHockey.com in both 2011 and 2012. She was a four-time All-Liberty League selection, beginning her career as that conference's Rookie of the Year in 2009 and concluding her career as its Offensive Player of the Year in 2012. She was also named to the Liberty League All-Tournament Team in both 2011 and 2012, garnering Most Valuable Player honors in 2012 as the Herons won the conference's championship. She was a three-time NFHCA All-Region selection, a 2012 NFHCA Senior All-Star, a two-time ECAC Mid-Atlantic All-Star, and the 2012 ECAC Mid-Atlantic Offensive Player of the Year. Kietzman left William Smith as the Herons' all-time co-leader in career assists with 39, to go along with 43 career goals. The 19 assists she tallied as a senior set a new single-season school record.
A 2013 graduate of William Smith, Kietzman received a B.A. in Biology while minoring in Cognition, Logic, and Language. She is a native of Longmeadow, Mass.
Kietzman succeeds Rachel Boyle, who stepped down from the position in November to pursue other interests. Boyle is currently serving as the College's interim Director of Wellness and Prevention Education. Boyle's predecessor, Sarah Feyerherm, is the College's Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
The Washington College field hockey team is coming off a 6-11 season this past fall, the team's 33rd season of varsity play. The Shorewomen shared the Centennial Conference Championship in 1997 and appeared in the NCAA Division III Tournament in both 1996 and 1997. They have qualified for the Centennial Conference Tournament nine times since the tournament's inaugural year of 2000.
"I am excited to build on the strong tradition at Washington College," Kietzman states. "The program here has an excellent foundation and the potential to compete on a national level. I cannot wait to see what the future holds."