Release courtesy of McDaniel College Athletic Communications
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Caitlin Ashley has been named McDaniel College's head field hockey coach, announced by Director of Athletics Paul Moyer on Friday.
"It quickly became clear in our search that Caitlin was the top choice to become our next head field hockey coach," Moyer said. "She has had tremendous success as a player and coach and I am confident she can bring that success to our program. She understands firsthand what it takes to be a successful Division III student-athlete and has the ability to bring that championship pedigree to McDaniel. We are committed to help her building our program into a perennial contender in the Centennial Conference and a competitor on a national level like many of our other programs."
Ashley comes to the Hill after spending the 2018 season as an assistant coach at nearby Goucher. In her year-and-a-half with the Gophers, she assisted in all aspects of the program, including recruiting and practice planning. She also served as interim head coach during her first semester at Goucher.
"I'm so excited and grateful to be joining the coaching staff at McDaniel," Ashley said. "During my visit, I was immediately impressed by the beautiful campus and athletic facilities, as well as the overall atmosphere in the athletic department. Meeting with current team members and hearing about their vision, investment, and passion for the program further solidified my desire to work with this team to build and grow their successes on and off the field. It's such a great opportunity to continue to build on the positive impact Coach Yarrish has had on the program and players. I want to thank Paul Moyer, Jessica Wolverton and the rest of the athletic department for entrusting me with bringing McDaniel field hockey to the next level."
Prior to her time at Goucher, she served as the head coach at Fallston High School, where she won a 3A state championship as a player, guiding her alma mater to the 2016 2A regional finals and the 2017 1A state semifinals.
Following her successful playing career at Salisbury, she was an assistant coach at C. Milton Wright from 2012-14, helping the team to its first 3A Maryland State Championship in 2013.
Ashley (Walker) was a standout forward for the Sea Gulls, twice earning All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) honors and NFHCA All-South Region accolades. A four-year starter, she contributed 30 goals and 20 assists on a perennial top-5 team in Division III. She was part of three CAC championships and the 2009 national championship squad. She was also named to the 2009 NCAA all-tournament team. She served as team captain for her senior season and was named to the CAC All-Academic team twice during her career.
She graduated in 2012 with a bachelor of arts in psychology with a focus in social psychology. She is currently pursuing her masters of education in athletic leadership and administration at Goucher.
Ashley officially assumes her duties on Aug. 12.