Lott, Van Huysen round out Golden Bears field hockey staff

Sept. 4, 2013
SPRINGFIELD – Western New England University (WNE) field hockey coach Sarah Kelly has named Hannah Lott and former student-athlete Shelby Van Huysen to the Golden Bears’ coaching staff for the 2013 season.

Lott comes to WNE after serving last season as an assistant coach at Smith College, where she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in exercise and sport studies. She worked primarily with the Pioneers’ defenders, assisted in SC recruiting, created workout programs, organized individual meetings and had coaching responsibilities at practices and in games.

Lott was a two-year co-captain and four-year starter at Washington & Jefferson College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. As a senior, she helped the team to its first-ever Empire 8 championship and NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship appearance in school history in 2011. She also was nationally ranked for defensive saves and assists that season while receiving all-conference honors for the second time in her career.

“I am extremely excited to have Hannah join the staff this season. She is a highly energetic individual who cares deeply about her own personal growth as a young coach and that of her players,” Kelly said. “The team has already fallen into sync with her and enjoys the fresh perspective she brings to the practices and games.”

A four-year standout for the Golden Bears in both field hockey and basketball, Van Huysen returns to the WNE athletics family as a volunteer assistant coach for the former. Killingworth, Conn., resident is attending graduate school at Springfield College after earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from WNE.

The 2012-13 WNE Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year co-captained the basketball and field hockey teams, both for the last two seasons. She was the field hockey team’s co-rookie of the year in 2009 and a four-time all-Commonwealth Coast Conference pick who recorded career highs of eight goals and 21 points last fall from her defensive spot to lead the Golden Bears in the latter category. On the court, she started in 41 of 104 basketball games while scoring over 500 career points.

“Shelby was an incredible asset to the Western New England field hockey program as a player and will continue to be in her new role on our coaching staff,” Kelly added. “Having had four years with her as a player, I am excited to see her continued growth as a student of the game from the coaching ranks. Her knowledge of former teammate intricacies, conference opponents, and coaching styles will be invaluable to the program’s success this year.”

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