Amanda Heryla named Greyhounds field hockey coachFebruary 24, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. --- Amanda Heryla, the former head coach of the University of Rhode Island, has been named the head field hockey coach at Assumption College.
The announcement was made by Ted Paulauskas, Director of Athletics.
"We are excited to have Amanda as our new head field hockey coach," said Paulauskas. "She comes to us with an outstanding resume and experience in her sport as both a player and coach."
She led the University of Rhode Island to a 7-9 record in her only year (2007) as coach at her alma mater. The year was highlighted by winning the championship of the Hofstra Invitational over Sacred Heart (2-1) and host Hofstra (1-0). Rhode Island dropped their program as part of athletics budgetary cuts in the spring of 2008.
She spent the previous three years as an assistant coach at Lafayette College in Easton, PA and also served as Director of the department's USA Field Hockey Camp, which featured a staff comprised of several national team and World Cup members.
She also served as a graduate assistant coach at Saint Francis University (Loreto, PA) from 2001-03. While there, she also worked with the lacrosse team and earned a Masters in human resource management.
In both 2001 and 2006, she was the field hockey coordinator for the World Scholar-Athlete Games in Kingston, RI.
A native of Easton, PA, she was graduated with a Bachelors in English from the University of Rhode Island (2001). A four-year standout player and 2000 captain, she helped the team advance to the Atlantic-10 Conference title game twice (1998, 1999) and the semifinal (2000) once.
In May 2000, she traveled to the Netherlands and Belgium as a member of the USA Athletes International Field Hockey Team, a collegiate all-star team which competed in two tournaments against international talent. She earned selection to the Atlantic-10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll and the University of Rhode Island Dean's List twice for her academic achievements. She was also selected for the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education Distinguished Student-Athlete award as a senior.