The American University field hockey program is excited to welcome Kristin Matula as the Eagles' newest assistant coach, head coach Steve Jennings announced on Monday.
"We are so excited to welcome Kristin to our program," Jennings said. "Her experiences as a player and her post-graduate work in the field of sports management have set her up for success as she moves into the coaching profession. We look forward to adding Kristin's passion and perspectives into AUFH and cannot wait for the season to begin."
Matula joins the Eagles after spending a year at the University of Massachusetts, where she worked as a volunteer assistant coach while earning her M.S. in sport management. During her time with the Minutewomen, who went 13-8 in 2017, she assisted with practices as well as the team's operations, and game coding and filming.
During her time in Amherst, she also worked for USA Field Hockey as a site administrator in the north region.
Matula, a former midfielder at Michigan State University, graduated from MSU in 2017 with a degree in kinesiology. An Academic All-Big Ten honoree for the Spartans, she served as a team captain during her senior season and closed her career with 54 points (21 goals, 12 assists). She helped the team to the 2013 Big Ten Championship and scored the game-winning goal in the subsequent NCAA First Round game against No. 2 Syracuse.
"I am honored and thrilled to join the AU field hockey program, and for the chance to work alongside Steve Jennings and Rachel McCarthy," Matula said. "This program is highly respected by coaches and players across the country for its impressive and consistent success on the field and in the classroom. I am excited for the chance to contribute to the growth of the program and to learn from and support two very knowledgeable coaches.
"I am beyond grateful to be a part of such a remarkable university and want to thank the AU athletic administration and staff for this opportunity."