Harvard head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden announced the addition of Kelsey Kolojejchick to the field hockey coaching staff in 2018. She enters her second year at Harvard in 2019 after helping the program to its best season in program history.
In 2018, Kolojejchick helped guide Harvard to a record setting season as Harvard finished the year at 17-2 (7-0 Ivy League), recording its best season in program history. The Harvard coaching staff was named NFCHA Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year as the Crimson won its fifth Ivy League title, and earned its sixth NCAA Tournament bid, reaching the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time ever with a 6-1 win over No. 9 Penn State in the first round. Harvard set a school marks for wins (17) and wins in a row (14), and had the highest national ranking (No. 6) since the program's inception in 1974. Head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden was named Ivy League Coach of the Year, while junior Bente van Vlijmen earned Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors. First-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. Nine individuals earned All-Ivy League honors with a conference-best five players on the All-Ivy First Team.
Kolojejchick most recently served as an assistant coach at Syracuse, where she helped the Orange to a 12-7 record and a fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. A member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team that placed fifth in Rio de Janiero, Kolojejchick earned gold with the U.S. National Team at the 2015 Pan American Games, 2014 Champions Challenge and 2013 World League Round 2, as well as numerous other medals since playing her first cap with the team in 2010.
A Larksville, Pa. native who attended Wyoming Seminary, Kolojejchick was a dangerous offensive threat for the Tar Heels, concluding her career ranked third in assists (48) and points (185) and fourth in goals (68) at UNC. She led Carolina to four NCAA Championship game appearances in her time in Chapel Hill, taking home the 2009 title.
Kolojejchick was a team captain as a senior in 2012 and was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and NFHCA South Region Player of the Year in 2012, as well as earning All-ACC and NFHCA All-Region accolades all-four years in addition to her four First Team All-America nods. She was also a graduate of the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy, considered one of the nation's premier programs for leadership development among student-athletes.
Before her collegiate career at North Carolina, she was the National High School Coaches Association Field Hockey Athlete of the Year and a three-time high school All-American.