Head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden announced the hiring of Katie O'Donnell Bam in February of 2016.
O’Donnell is the most decorated field hockey player in the U.S. and is a current squad member of the USA 2016 Olympic team that has qualified to compete in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She is an 11-year member of Team USA, 2012 Olympian and played in her 200th capped international game earlier this month, scoring two goals in an 8-1 triumph over Canada. In addition to her Olympic experience, O’Donnell helped Team USA win gold at the Pan American Games in 2011 and 2015, while taking fourth at the World Cup in 2014. She joined Team USA in 2005 at the age of 16, becoming the youngest athlete to earn an international cap for the U.S.
The 2010 USA Player of the Year and Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year, O’Donnell also had a remarkable career as a student-athlete at Maryland, leading the Terrapins to four NCAA Tournament berths and two NCAA national championships in 2008 and 2010. She remains the Maryland record holder in points (306), goals (99) and assists (108). Her 306 career points and 108 assists are also ACC records. Her accolades at Maryland include being named the 2010 and 2011 Honda Sports Award winner, two-time National Player of the Year and Offensive MVP by womensfieldhockey.com, four-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year and four-time All-America. She is a 2013 graduate of Maryland, while she earned a bachelor’s of science in family science.
O’Donnell got her first experience coaching as a student assistant in 2012 with Maryland. Her most recent collegiate coaching experience was at Millersville University where she assisted student-athletes in performance analysis, while also helping with opposition scouting. She is also the co-owner and coach of the K16 Field Hockey program. She is a certified Level 2 coach in the United States.