HAMDEN, Connecticut - Quinnipiac field hockey head coach Becca Main has announced the addition of former three-time All-Conference standout Kelsey Hiltebeitel as an assistant coach for the 2015 season.
"As we prepare for another MAAC season championship run, we are feeling very privileged to be hiring a new assistant coach that was one of the top defensive players in the MAAC during her career," said Quinnipiac head coach Becca Main. "Kelsey had a poise and energy during her interviews that impressed the search committee and our players and we have high hopes that she will make an immediate impact from our sideline. The job responsibilities of recruiting, film analysis, individual player development and team defensive tactics will lend themselves to Kelsey's elite skill set and energy level."
Hiltebeitel comes to the Bobcats after a stellar career at Bryant, in which she appeared in 69 games (66 starts) while missing only three throughout her four-year stint. During her time in Smithfield, Hiltebeitel earned three straight First Team All-Conference nods to close out her career. Known across the conference for her defensive prowess as the Bulldogs' center back, Hiltebeitel finished her career ranking in the Top 10 in Bryant's Division I Program history in defensive saves (five), games played (69) and games started (66).
Once she came to Bryant, Hiltebeitel was heavily involved with coaching opportunities starting in 2011 with her commitment in the winter and spring seasons as a Volunteer Coach with the Sick Field Hockey Club. She also took time out of her summer to assist at the Bryant Field Hockey Camps & Clinics where she assisted with setup, officiating and acted as a liaison between camp directors, campers and teams for logistics. Hiltebeitel also coached middle and high school athletes during the last four summers as she worked with individuals on skill development.
"I am ecstatic that Kelsey is being given this opportunity to begin her coaching career with Quinnipiac Field Hockey," said Hiltebeitel's head coach Shaunessy Saucier at Bryant. "I know that she will be an incredible asset on staff and I am so happy that she will be learning from Becca on how to run a classy and successful program. Kelsey is one of the most passionate people I've come across in all aspects of her life. Her motivation, drive, and competitive spirit have helped her excel at Bryant and in our hockey program, but it is her selflessness and leadership qualities that made her a fixture in our Bryant community. We wish her the best of luck and Bulldog support as her coaching career begins."
One of her most prestigious coaching opportunities came at her hometown high school's William Tennent Field Hockey Boot Camp where she served as a coach for the last four years. At the camp, Hiltebeitel took on a leadership role where she prepared the itinerary for all three camp sessions, ran a skills training session, organized offensive and defensive specific drills and communicated with her assistant coaches throughout all three week-long camps.
A native of Warminster, Pennsylvania, Hiltebeitel was a four-time letter-winner at William Tennent where she was named an All-Conference First Team selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. Her senior year was a standout campaign as she earned the Continental Suburban One League Player of the Year and The Intelligencer Player of the Year in 2010. She was also a four-year member of the William Tennent track and field team while also earning Academic First Team honors.
Hiltebeitel graduated from Bryant's with a bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology and minor in Business Administration and Sociology.