Kelly Dostal completed her fourth season as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts in 2010. In her four seasons under head coach Justine Sowry, she helped return the Minutewomen to national prominence. Dostal helped lead UMass to three Atlantic 10 Championships and three NCAA Tournaments (2007, 2008, and 2010). She has coached five All-Americans, 17 Regional All-Americans, and 19 A-10 All-Conference players in her three seasons.
The University of Louisville announced on Dec. 16, 2010 that Dostal had been hired as an assistant coach, along with the hiring of Justine Sowry as head coach.
A native of Hatfield, Massachusetts, Dostal was a member of the United States National Field Hockey Team after a superstar career at Wake Forest University. With the Demon Deacons, Dostal was one of the most decorated players in history as she was part of three National Championship teams (2002-04) while earning All-American honors each of those seasons as well.
"I am absolutely ecstatic that Kelly has decided to join the coaching staff and I could not have scripted a more perfect candidate," said Sowry upon Dostal's hiring. "As a head coach looking to rebuild a program, finding the right fit in an assistant was paramount. A Massachusetts native, Kelly is a proven winner both on and off the field."
While the Wake Forest team was dominating collegiate field hockey, Dostal earned individual honors and received the most prestigious individual award in women's collegiate sports, the Honda Award in 2004. Her dominance on the college playing field, earned her a spot on the USA National Squad where she was part of Team USA's rise in the rankings and on the international stage. While enjoying all of the highs and accolades in sport, Dostal has also had to endure and overcome the lows. Plagued by leg injuries and often times unable to play, Dostal has remained positive and found other ways to contribute to her team's successes.
"Her selfless attitude, her work ethic, and her positive attitude even when faced with adversity are an inspiration to all," said Sowry. "I can think of no better role model for our current and future players. I hope that our current athletes as well as those getting ready to enter the college ranks understand and recognize the quality individual UMass has gotten in Kelly Dostal and will want to be a part of program we are going to create.
"I have been so pleased with the support the program has received upon my arrival. The additional resources we have received will prove instrumental in improving the quality of our training sessions and our game time preparation. The resources plus the addition of Kelly to the coaching staff are the first steps towards brining UMass back to being one of the top programs in college field hockey."
Dostal has been on the International Field Hockey scene since 1999, when she played for the USA Under-16 Team. In 2001, she was selected to the U.S. National Team as a 17-year old, making her the youngest member in Team USA History. After her star college career at Wake Forest, she rejoined the U.S. Team in 2005 and has 15 International Caps.
At Wake Forest, Dostal was an NFHCA First-Team All-American as a junior and senior after being a Second-Team All-American as a sophomore. She holds school records in goals (84) and points (208) in her 84 games in Winston-Salem. That includes the single-season school record in goals (30) and points (79) both set as a senior in 2004. She was named the Sports Illustrated Campus Fall Athlete of the Year in 2004 as was honored with the ACC's Mary Garber Award as the top female in any sport in the league in 2004-05.
In leading the Deacs to their third straight NCAA title in 2004, she was named to the All-ACC Team for the third year in a row. She was honored as the ACC's Offensive Player of the Year in 2004 as well as earning spots on the ACC All-Tournament Team and All-South Region First Team after scoring 30 goals. As both a sophomore and junior, she also earned ACC All-Tournament and South Region First Team accolades. Over her career she was named an ACC Player of the Week six times, setting a school record for any sport male of female. She graduated from Wake Forest in May 2005, with a Bachelor's degree in Health and Exercise Science.
Dostal played her high school field hockey at Smith Academy. She was a four-time All-Western Massachusetts selection at Smith and was named a First-Team All-American as a senior after being a second-team selection as a junior.
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