Sweigart Named Field Hockey Assistant Coach
July 17, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente announced the addition of program alum Callie Sweigart as an assistant coach on Wednesday, effective immediately. Sweigart, who redshirted the 2010 season, played in 67 games for the Minutewomen from 2008-12 and recorded 25 points on five goals and 15 assists as a starter on defense.
"It is extremely exciting to return to UMass as a member of the coaching staff," Sweigart said. "UMass provided me with a strong foundation of academics, athletics and culture that I hope to pass on to future members of the program. I am grateful that Carla has allowed me to once again take part in the tradition of excellence that is UMass field hockey."
Sweigart fills the assistant coaching role previously held by Shannon Taylor, who has chosen to focus on her international playing career as a member of the U.S. National Team.
"We are excited to welcome Callie back to the program," Tagliente said. "She understands the NCAA system and has invaluable experience working with the top recruitment consulting company for field hockey in our country. Callie brings a tremendous amount of passion, intellect and organizational abilities to the program. She is a great addition to our coaching staff and I am looking forward to working with her."
Sweigart will help develop the UMass defense that only allowed 1.75 goals per game in 2012 and tallied its fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year honor. The Ephrata, Pa., native will also assist in the marketing and operations of the program while simultaneously focusing on recruiting efforts.
In her five seasons as a member of the program, Sweigart helped the Minutewomen to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a trio of Atlantic 10 Championships. UMass won 66 games during her tenure as a student-athlete, including 27 against Atlantic 10 foes.
Sweigart graduated from the UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts with a degree in Art History.
The Minutewomen open the 2013 season at the University of Maine Invitational with competition against the host-school on Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. The team's first home game of the year will be against UMass-Lowell on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m., as the River Hawks enter their first year as an NCAA Division-I field hockey program.