Field Hockey Season Preview – Washington and Lee University

By on August 23, 2022 0


ODAC’s 2021 Coach of the Year, Wills, has announced the addition of two coaches to the staff this summer: Blaine Donnelly has joined the field hockey staff as an assistant coach and Katherine Berman ’22 will be a familiar face on the sidelines, but with a whistle and clipboard rather than uniform.

Donnelly comes to W&L after spending the last year as an assistant field hockey coach and recruiting coordinator at Oberlin College. In his role, Donnelly wrote scouting reports, conducted one-on-one training sessions and film sessions, drafted all training plans, and worked specifically with forwards and goalkeepers. As Recruiting Coordinator, Donnelly has also participated in NFHCA and USAFH recruiting tournaments and has brought the largest recruiting class to the program in recent years.

Prior to her stint at Oberlin, Donnelly spent a season as the assistant coach of the Lebanon Valley College field hockey team, where she coached the team and one-on-one movie sessions and assisted the Head Coach in all daily operations.

Donnelly received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Sports Management from the University of Wittenberg, where she was also a four-year letter winner on the field hockey team. On the field, Donnelly had the sixth-most goals in Wittenberg program history (46) and also tied for the sixth-most points in program history (103). Donnelly was a two-year team captain, four-time All-NCAC and two-time All-Region selection, and she was also named the 2015-16 SAAC Newcomer of the Year.

Katherine Berman ’22 returns the Blue & Whites to the sidelines for the 2022 season while enrolled at Washington & Lee Law School.

A four-year letter winner, Berman was named second-team All-ODAC as a senior defenseman, helping lead the Generals to 11 shutouts, the fourth ODAC championship in program history, a regional final appearance of the NCAA and an 18-1 record.

The Houston, Texas native served as captain in her final season and will assist coach Gina Wills on the defensive end of the ball as W&L looks to repeat atop ODAC.