Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania Athletics Department announced today that Katie Hastings has been named head coach for the Transylvania Field Hockey team.
Hastings takes the reins of the Transylvania field hockey program in advance of the 2019 season and joins the Pioneers from NCAA Division III Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, where she has spent the last two seasons as the assistant coach for the nationally-acclaimed program.
"We are very excited to add Katie to our Transylvania family," said Transylvania Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Chaney. "She brings great energy and enthusiasm which we believe will elevate our program to being a championship contender."
"I am ecstatic and honored to be joining the staff at Transylvania University," stated Hastings. "During my visit, I was immediately blown away by the beautiful campus, the kindness of everyone I met with, and the facilities. I would like to thank Mr. Jeff Chaney, Dr. Holly Sheilley, the coaching staff, and countless others who have entrusted me to join the Pioneer field hockey coaching staff and lead a group of fine young women to new heights."
Hastings brings a chiseled coaching philosophy rooted in leadership, culture, and cultivating a valuable student-athlete experience coupled with a coaching background which spans multiple winning programs in Division III field hockey.
"This upcoming season, I am hoping to increase our team unity, endurance, and overall skill in order to become more competitive in the conference and am excited to establish a new team vision," commented Hastings.
Over the past two seasons, Hastings has been part of a Salisbury coaching staff which has extended a championship tradition as a national power in Division III field hockey. In Hastings' most recent campaign with her alma mater, Salisbury produced a 17-3 record, culminating in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. During her two seasons as part of the Salisbury staff, the Sea Gulls delivered a 29-8 record with both seasons resulting in NCAA Tournament berths.
Hastings' role at Salisbury specialized in working with defensive players and goalies, translating into a top-10 national ranking for the Sea Gulls in goals-against average during the 2018 season. Salisbury produced 11 shutouts in 20 contests, ranking sixth in the country for shutouts.
Before returning to Salisbury in a coaching capacity, Hastings spent the 2016 season with Division III Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania as an assistant coach. Spearheading team operations and recruiting efforts, Hastings helped the Presidents achieve a 15-5 record during the 2016 season.
Since 2014, Hastings has also held association with the USA Field Hockey Futures Program as the Region 7 Assistant Coach and Site Director where she is a Level I and Level II certified coach.
Hastings' active coaching career follows a standout playing career at Salisbury which spanned from 2011 through 2014. Hastings was a team captain on the most recent Salisbury squad to appear in an NCAA National Championship game in 2013. Her playing credentials also include 2013 NFHCA All-Region Second Team recognition and an invitation into the 2013 NFHCA Senior Game. Hastings was selected to the Capital Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team in the 2012 and 2013 seasons while at Salisbury.
"I am looking forward to helping transform the field hockey program here at Transy and working towards winning an SAA conference championship," added Hastings. "As we work towards a unified 'We over Me' culture, I believe each player will thrive both on and off the field, in the classroom, and in the community."
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