Heineman is fresh off a collegiate playing career at Massachusetts that saw the Ellicott City, Md., native appear in 74 games with the Minutewomen from 2009-12. The 2013 UMass graduate had a banner year last fall as a senior, recording career highs in both points (14) and assists (10).
“I'm very excited to welcome Kate Heineman to our staff. Kate was a high-level player and recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts,” Fowler said. “As a midfield/forward herself, Kate has a good working knowledge of the game and will be helping in all aspects of the program. We are very happy to have her on-board for 2013."
In each of her final two seasons in Amherst, Heineman was named a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad for her work in the classroom as well as on the field.
As a senior, Heineman helped lead UMass to the 2012 Atlantic-10 Tournament Championship over No. 16 nationally ranked Richmond with a 5-0 victory in the title game. Heineman had two assists and a goal in the final against the Spiders just one day after also notching a pair of helpers in the semifinal against Temple.
As a member of the Big Green’s coaching staff, Heineman’s primary areas of responsibility will include on-field coaching of all positions, team travel, as well as on- and off-campus recruiting duties