2008 Olympian Dina Rizzo Joins Harvard Coaching Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Dina Rizzo, a current member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic women's field hockey team and a former All-American at Maryland, has joined the Harvard field hockey staff as a coaching assistant, head coach Sue Caples announced Monday.

Rizzo brings a wealth of international and collegiate experience to the Crimson staff and will work with the team during the remainder of the spring season.

Rizzo has made 133 appearances with the U.S. National Team, including all six games in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She also played in the 2006 World Cup in Spain and helped the United States earn a silver medal at the Pan American Games in 2003. She most recently contributed to a second-place finish in the 2009 Pan American Cup in Bermuda.

The Walpole, Mass., native first made the U.S. National Team in 2002 and made her first appearance against Spain in 2003. Rizzo, a striker, has gone on to play in two Olympic qualifying tournaments and in one World Cup qualifier. She made the 2007 Pan American Games team but could not compete due to injury.

Rizzo has been competing internationally since 1997, when she was a member of the U.S. Under-19 team. She went on to play for the U-20, U-21 and U-23 squads, helping the U-21 team win a silver medal at the 2000 Junior Pan American Games and competing at the 2001 Junior World Cup.

As a collegiate athlete, Rizzo helped Maryland win the 1999 NCAA title and place second in 2001. She was a first-team All-America selection in 2001 and twice earned all-region honors. Rizzo had 14 goals and eight assists during her All-America senior season with the Terrapins. She totaled 36 goals and 18 assists for 90 career points and helped Maryland win Atlantic Coast Conference championships in each of her four years before graduating in 2002.