(Fairfield, CT) - The Sacred Heart University Athletic Department has named Katie Kloeckener the new head coach of the Sacred Heart Field Hockey team. Kloeckener takes over the program after four years as an assistant under Chris Blais, who stepped down after the birth of her second child earlier this spring. Kloeckener served as the team's Interim Head Coach in 2010 with coach Blais out on extended maternity leave.
"I want to thank Don Cook and the administration for their support and the opportunity to lead the Pioneer field hockey program," said Kloeckener. "I am extremely thrilled about the chance to continue to work with an amazing group of young women who compromise the current program and look forward to building future success in the NEC with them."
Kloeckener joined the Pioneer coaching staff at the beginning of the 2008 season after a four-year playing career at Ball State University, where she graduated in May of 2008. At Ball State, Kloeckener was part of a team that was the Mid-American Conference runner-up in 2006. She was recognized for her academic accomplishments, as she was named to the MAC All-Academic Team and was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association Academic Team four straight years from 2004-07.
In addition to her play on the field, Kloeckener has gained coaching experience from numerous camps throughout the country, including at the University of Maryland, the University of Indiana, Dartmouth, and Revolution Field Hockey camps. In those camps she has spent time teaching youngsters the proper fundamentals and techniques of the game. Kloeckener has also been the head coach at a Region 3 site for the US Field Hockey Futures Olympic Development Program since January 2009.