Alum Orlando Named To Field Hockey Staff
July 27, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass field hockey head coach Justine Sowry has announced the hiring of Katelyn Orlando as an assistant coach. Orlando, who played for the Minutewomen from 2005-08, joins Sowry and assistant coach Kelly Dostal on a staff that has led UMass to two A-10 titles and two NCAA Tournaments in three seasons.
"I am incredibly excited to have Katelyn back within the UMass field hockey program," Sowry said. "As a player, `KO' had such passion and drive and I know this will translate into the coaching role."
Orlando, a Manchester, Mass. native, served as a volunteer assistant for UMass during the 2009 season, working primarily with the forwards. She graduated from UMass in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and earned a Master's degree in education in May 2010.
"I would like to thank Coach Sowry and the administration for this opportunity," Orlando said. "I am extremely excited and proud to now coach for the program that I played for and to which I feel such strong devotion. I look forward to the season ahead and trying to bring home another championship to UMass."
Besides volunteer assisting at UMass, Orlando had also served as head coach of a U19 field hockey team at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield, Mass. during the winter of 2009-10.
A four-year starter for the Minutewomen, Orlando played in 81 games from 2005-08, amassing 59 career points on 24 goals and 11 assists. She was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team in 2005 after scoring five goals and assisting on two others, but truly made her mark as a senior in 2008. Following an injury-plagued junior campaign, the forward started all 21 games for the Minutewomen, leading the A-10 with 15 goals and 31 points and guiding the club to its second-straight conference championship and NCAA Tournament. She was named A-10 Offensive Player of the Year and NFHCA Regional All-American.
Orlando is also an active supporter of the Friends of Jacqueline Foundation, serving as a "big sister" and playing a role in UMass field hockey's involvement in supporting children battling cancer.
"Katelyn is a proud and enthusiastic alumna who wants to develop her coaching skills and give back to the program," Sowry said. "We are so very fortunate and now all the pieces are in place to make a run at the Atlantic 10 Championship."
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