Courtesy Colby Sports Information
WATERVILLE, Maine - Kelly Terwilliger, with coaching experience at three NCAA Division I schools and a collegiate playing career at The Ohio State University, has been named head coach of the Colby College field hockey program.
Terwilliger was an associate head coach at Indiana University and had assistant coaching stints at Ohio State and Ohio University. She started at Colby on June 1.
"We are thrilled to have Kelly Terwilliger join the Colby family as our head coach of field hockey," said Tim Wheaton, Colby's Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. "Kelly brings a wealth of experience playing and coaching at the highest levels, and I am excited to see her lead our program forward."
Terwilliger graduated from Ohio State in 2009 after helping the Buckeyes to three NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. She earned master's degrees in sports administration and coaching education from Ohio University in 2011.
"It's a great honor and privilege to be working at Colby, and I cannot wait to get started," Terwilliger said. "I couldn't ask for a better opportunity than to coach in the NESCAC at an outstanding institution known for its academic and athletic excellence. I'm thankful to my mentors for their continued support and am thrilled to take the next step at a college with the character of Colby's."
Terwilliger was at Indiana for the 2015 season before accepting the Colby job. She was with the Buckeyes from Dec. 2011 to April 2015. Terwilliger was an undergraduate student coach with Ohio State during the 2008 season.
While earning the two master's degrees at Ohio University, Terwilliger was a graduate assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She helped the Bobcats to two Mid-American Conference (MAC) tournament and regular season titles in three years. The 2011 squad made the NCAA final 16, and the 2009 team competed in an NCAA play-in game.
Terwilliger was a four-year scholarship player and started every game of her career at Ohio State as a defender. An All-Big Ten Academic selection and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree, Terwilliger helped the 2006 Buckeye team win the Big Ten conference championship. She earned Big Ten all-tournament team honors in 2007 and won Ohio State's Most Valuable Defender award in 2007.
During her coaching career, Terwilliger has been heavily involved in the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) Futures Program. She has been a regional head coach since 2009 and a regional tournament selector since 2011. Terwilliger worked with national team head coach Craig Parnham at a USFHA High Performance Tournament in June.
Colby's field hockey program is 25-21 over the past three years, and made the NESCAC playoffs in two of those years.
"Colby attracts bright, talented, and focused people with a desire to be the best and who are willing to work for it," Terwilliger said. "It's about doing the little things the right way and building championship behaviors on a daily basis. Some of that is already in place, and we want to build on that. I have no doubt that we will build the type of program we want to be."
Terwilliger comes from a family of coaches. Her father, Mike, the offensive coordinator for East Stroudsburg University's football team, has been a coach at ESU for 42 years. Jimmy Terwilliger, Kelly's brother, is also an assistant for ESU and broke 18 NCAA Division II records as quarterback for the team from 2003 to 2006.