May 4, 2011

Susquehanna Announces Hiring of Wahila as Head Field Hockey Coach

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna University has announced the hiring of Kaitlyn Skelley Wahila as its head field hockey coach and game management coordinator. Wahila joins the Crusaders following four years as the assistant field hockey coach and indoor athletic facility manager at Division I Siena College.

“I am very confident that Kaitlyn is going to do an outstanding job with our field hockey program and game management responsibilities,” SU Director of Athletics Pam Samuelson said. “She is a talented, young coach who made a terrific impression on everyone she met throughout the search process. In addition to elevating the level of competitiveness in our field hockey program, Kaitlyn will also be a wonderful role model for our players.”

Wahila added, “I am excited and honored to have this wonderful opportunity to become a part of the Susquehanna University Community. I look forward to working with the team in providing an atmosphere of growth and success on and off the field. I believe we can continue to raise the standard for an already thriving program and establish ourselves as a competitor amongst the Landmark Conference and nationally.”

Wahila, a 2006 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, began her tenure at Siena in 2007 after earning her Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Ithaca College. As the assistant field hockey coach at Siena, she assisted in all facets of the program including on-field coaching, planning of practices, recruiting, compliance, fundraising and home and away game day management.

During her tenure with the program, the Saints captured the most non-conference victories since the team joined the Northeast Conference and boasted a 3.34 team grade-point average (GPA).

As the indoor facility manager, Wahila oversaw the Marcelle Athletic Complex, the home of 18 Division I sports. She scheduled all indoor practices for varsity and club teams and served as the game day manager for women’s volleyball and women’s basketball games.

Prior to arriving at Siena, Wahila spent one year as the graduate assistant coach at Division III Ithaca College while working towards her Master’s degree.

In addition, Wahila has served as a USA Field Hockey Futures Coach since 2002 and has coached the Adirondack Club Field Hockey Team since 2009.

As a student-athlete at the University of New Hampshire, Wahila started every game of her four-year career and received the program’s Freshmen Award in 2002. She was on the 2002 America East Conference All-Rookie Team and was named to the league’s Honor Roll in 2004.

Wahila graduated from New Hampshire in 2006 with a degree in business administration and a minor in psychology.