CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University Associate Dean for Athletics and Recreation Deanna Tyson has announced the hiring of Charlotte MacDonald as head field hockey coach, effective June 3.
MacDonald comes to Castleton after spending the previous season as an assistant at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she coached two All-Conference student-athletes and one All-Region honoree. Her primary duties included assisting the head coach in all aspects of coaching and program administration, as well as on and off-campus recruitment of high-achieving student-athletes.
MacDonald also spent time at Shenandoah University as an assistant, aiding in the development of five All-ODAC players, as well as one All-State and one All-Region honoree. She also helped recruit the 2018 ODAC Rookie of the Year for the Hornets.
"I believe that Charlotte's knowledge of the game and her strong knowledge of technical skills will be a great asset to the Castleton field hockey program," said Tyson. "Her strengths lie in her professionalism and in her preparedness, and we believe that she can continue to carry this program forward in the coming years."
Outside of the collegiate landscape, MacDonald spent two years working for USA Field Hockey as a head coach, assistant coach and a tournament selector and earned her USA Field Hockey Level 2 certification in July 2016. She also spent three years coaching youth players in a travel program and one season coaching at the Foxcroft School in Virginia, helping guide the team to a DAC Championship while coaching seven All-Conference players.
"I am excited to begin working with the women of Castleton field hockey," said MacDonald. "Their work ethic and excitement for the future really stood out on my visit. They had a great fall last year and I am really excited to continue to build off of that success and push this program even further."
"I would like to thank Castleton President Dr. Karen Scolforo, Associate Dean for Athletics and Recreation Deanna Tyson, and the search committee for this incredible opportunity to be the next head field hockey coach at Castleton University," added MacDonald. "I loved walking around and seeing the history of the campus that really showcases Vermont's natural beauty. I am so honored and excited to begin working with such talented student-athletes as well as a strong coaching staff and administration."
MacDonald was a four-year player and three-year starter for Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, appearing in 69 games and amassing 41 career points. As a senior, she helped guide the Generals to a first-place finish in the regular season and an appearance in the ODAC Championship game for the first time in 10 seasons. She was also an NFHCA Senior All-Star selection.