HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac field hockey head coach Becca Main has announced the addition of former University of Connecticut captain and two-time All-BIG EAST stand-out Alicia Angelini as an assistant coach for the 2013 season.
"Adding another assistant coach to the field hockey program was a huge addition to the depth of our program," said Main. "We are very excited to bring in such an elite and high caliber person to fill the position. Alicia comes from one of the very best programs in the country and her BIG EAST Conference titles and trip to the NCAA Championships will lend itself well to a squad looking to ascend to new levels. Alicia stood out from our other candidates because of her tactical knowledge and fierce competitiveness and we are confident she will make an immediate impact in our team's successes this season."
Angelini comes to the Bobcats after a stellar career at UConn, in which she started all 88 games the Huskies played in over the four-year stint. During her time in Storrs, Angelini helped UConn to the NCAA Tournament four times, leading the Huskies to the Final Four as a junior. That season, Angelini garnered All-BIG EAST Second Team honors and earned the Keith Caddy Memorial Award, also known as the "Heart Award". In addition, she was the recipient of the Melissa Gonzolas Award, named to the New England High Performance Team and a BIG EAST All-Academic selection.
Last season, Angelini was an All-BIG EAST First Team honoree while also being named to the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA) All-Region team. After the season, she was selected to play in the NFHCA Division I Senior Game. A senior captain at UConn, she earned one BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week nod while guiding the Huskies to the Elite Eight.
"Alicia comes to the field every day with laser-like focus and the will to succeed," said UConn's Field Hockey Head Coach Nancy Stevens. "The arc of her collegiate career has prepared her for this next challenge of coaching Division l field hockey. She is a winner in every sense of the word and will contribute to the Bobcats success going forward. Alicia also embraces the collaborative relationship of a coaching staff and is eager to grow as a professional under the mentorship of Head Coach, Becca Main."
In 2012, Angelini scored a career-high five goals, while assisting on four more for a personal best of 14 points for the year. In 2011, she tallied two markers, while also assisting on a career best six goals for 10 points. She also scored twice and added five assists in 2010 after accumulating four assists as a freshman in 2009.
"I am extremely excited that Alicia has joined the staff at Quinnipiac where I began my coaching career," remarked UConn's Field Hockey Associate Head Coach Paul Caddy. "As one of the most competitive players I have ever coached, I am sure Alicia will bring a toughness and competitive edge to Quinnipiac's program. Alicia is also very strong technically and has a good understanding of the tactical side of the game. Alicia will prove to be a great addition to the QU program and I look forward to following the Bobcats again this year!"
A native of Boiling Springs, Pa., Angelini was a four-time letter-winner and senior captain at Boiling Springs High School. In 2008, she was named the Mid-Penn Athlete of the Year while also earning Carlisle (Pa.) Sentinel Big 11 First Team and Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot News Big 11 Second Team honors. In addition, Angelini was named the 2008 Boiling Springs High School Team Most Valuable Player. A two-time Mid-Penn Field Hockey All-Star in 2007 and 2008, she was also a 2007 Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot News Big 11 Honorable Mention. In 2006, she was named to the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot News Big 11 All-Underclassman Team and also lettered in track and field for three seasons at Boiling Springs. In 2007 and 2008, she was a participant with the U.S. Field Hockey Futures Elite team.
Angelini graduated from UConn's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences.