LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps announced the hiring of Kaitlyn Hamilton Eager as head coach of the field hockey program. Eager, who will officially begin her role on Aug. 14, is the 13th head coach in the history of the program and returns to the Diplomats following a highly-successful, six-season stint as an assistant at F&M from 2010-15.
"We are looking forward to another great field hockey season at F&M and I believe that Coach Eager is the right person to lead the program and mentor our student-athletes," said Epps.
Eager spent the 2016 season as head field hockey coach at York College, where she guided the Spartans to a 13-6 record and a 4-2 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). York advanced to the CAC Semifinals and saw five Spartans named to the All-Conference team following her first season at the helm.
During her time at F&M, the Diplomats tallied a 97-22 record, won the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship in 2012, and registered a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in both 2011 and 2014. Before the start of her coaching career, Eager was a four-year letter winner at William Smith College, finishing her career with the Herons as a two-time All-American and a four-time All-Region and All-Liberty League selection, while also being named to Liberty League Rookie of the Year.
"I am very honored to have the opportunity to return to F&M where I was able to start my coaching career, and I look forward to building on the great tradition of excellence that Coach Mariano constructed during her tenure here," said Eager. "F&M's vision for the future in helping its student-athletes excel both on the field and in the classroom is a value I strongly identify with."
She was also recognized as a two-time winner of William Smith's Charles P. Boswell II '50 Field Hockey Award, assisted in capturing two Liberty League Championships, and scored two goals in the Division III NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007. Eager graduated from William Smith College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sports Studies, before completing her Master's of Education Degree in Sports Management from Millersville University in May 2012.
Eager takes over the Diplomats' program following the resignation of nine-year head coach Melissa Mariano, who accepted the same position at Hamilton College to relocate closer to family. Mariano produced a 129-46, 71-19 CC record during her time at the helm and became the winningest coach in F&M field hockey history in 2013. She led the Diplomats to five NCAA Tournament appearances, including a spot in the 2016 Elite Eight, as well as a Centennial Championship in 2012.