Former championship player Nielson named head coach at Hood College
FREDERICK, Md. -- Alexis Nielson, a two-time NCAA champion as a player at Maryland, has been named the head field hockey coach at Hood College.
"I am honored to join the Hood College family and exciting to be a part of a tremendous academic and athletic college," Nielson remarked. "I want to thank the Hood admnistration and athletic staff for the opportunity to lead the field hockey program. I am looking forward to the upcoming season."
At just 25 years old, Nielson is one of just two known Division III field hockey coaches that age or younger as she takes on her first collegiate head coaching role. On the club level, she was the head coach of the Key State (Harrisburg, Pa.) team that qualified for the national indoor tournament in 2010. She also served as head coach of the Spitfire (Crofton, Md.) club in 2011. Nielson has also worked with USA Field Hockey Futures programs in both College Park, Md. and Harrisburg.
"I am excited to welcome Alexis to the Hood College athletic department as our new head field hockey coach," Hood associate director of athletics Staci Brennan said. "She is enthusiastic, passionate about the game, and will bring an incredible wealth of field hockey knowledge to the program."
She replaces Brennan, who stepped away from coaching after 11 seasons to expand upon her duties within the school's athletic administration.
Nielson starred for the Terrapins from 2006-09, helping the team to a national championship as a freshman. As a junior, she dished out an assist on the game-winning goal in the NCAA championship game. She played on teams that won Atlantic Coast Conference crowns her junior and senior years. Maryland was 86-8 during her four years and set a school record with 23 wins her senior year.
Nielson capped her career with an All-American honor in 2009 after a season in which she dished out 26 assists and scored one goal. For her career, she had 44 assists and 10 goals.
Nielson was also a member of the United States Junior National Team that won a gold medal at the Pan-American Games in 2008. A year later, she was named to the United States team for the Junior World Cup.