York College has a new field hockey coach.
And it didn't come a moment too soon.
Paul Saikia, York's assistant dean for athletics and recreation, announced Wednesday, Aug. 16, that Katie Fost has been selected as the ninth field hockey coach in the history of the Spartans' program.
Fost replaces Kaitlyn (Hamilton) Eager who accepted the head coaching job at Franklin & Marshall in early August.
The Spartans kick off practice Saturday, Aug. 19, with their first game coming on Friday, Sept. 1 at Messiah against the defending D-III champion Falcons in Grantham.
Fost comes to the Spartan program from Bates College, where she spent the last two seasons as the assistant coach for the Bobcats. Before her time at Bates, Fost was a graduate assistant coach at Goucher College during the 2013 and 2014 campaigns.
Fost is no stranger to the Capital Athletic Conference. She was a four-year letter winner at Salisbury University. Fost was a member of the 2009 NCAA Division III national championship Sea Gull squad. She was a team captain in 2010 and was a four-year member of the CAC All-Academic squad. Fost was a three-time All-CAC selection as a midfielder for the Sea Gulls. Salisbury went 71-11 during Fost's four years, including a perfect 26-0 in CAC play. The Gulls also went 8-3 in the NCAA D-III playoffs during
Saikia was pleased to hire Fost so close to the season.
"Katie impressed the committee with her passion, preparedness, and enthusiasm," Saikia said in a news release. "She also brings us the experience of succeeding in the CAC, having won on the national stage. ... We believe York College has immense potential in the sport of field hockey and that coach Fost is an awesome fit to lead us forward."
Fost is happy to get the opportunity to be a head coach at York.
"In my years as an assistant coach, I feel that I have grown as a professional and am prepared to be the steward of my own program," Fost said in a news release. "... It has been a whirlwind, but I am excited to dig in and get started. I am looking forward to working with our players to create a successful 2017 season."
Fost owns a bachelors' degree in exercise science from Salisbury and masters degrees in athletic administration from Goucher (2015) and applied health physiology from Salisbury (2013). Fost owns a National Strength Coaches Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. She also owns a USA Field Hockey Level II coaching accreditation.
The Spartans return some strong talent from last year's 13-6 squad, which went 4-2 in CAC action. Senior All-American Ali Posey, junior Lindsay Nye and senior Autumn Mallory return as York's three All-CAC selections from the 2016 season. Posey is a Red Lion High School graduate. The Spartans have nine returners coming back in 2017, including their top four scorers and their starting goalie Eve Hauptle.