York College Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation Paul Saikia announced that Kaitlyn Hamilton had been named the eighth field hockey coach in program history at the start of the 2016 season. She replaced Carly Zinn who left the program in May to return to Dickinson College as the head coach.
In her debut season, the Spartans went 13-6 under Hamilton, including a 4-2 record in the Capital Athletic Conference. Hamilton won her first CAC Tournament game on October 30, 2016 over St. Mary's (Md.) before falling in the CAC semifinals at Salisbury.
Five Spartans earned All-CAC honors in Hamilton's first year. Sydney LaMarsh, Ali Posey and Lindsay Nye were first-team selections and Autumn Mallory and Alexa Taylor were second-team picks. Posey, Nye and Mallory will return for 2017.
Hamilton comes to the Spartan program after a highly successful six-year stint as the lead assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall College. The Diplomats have accumulated an impressive record of 97-22 during Hamilton's time on the bench. F&M has won two of the last three Centennial Conference regular season titles, won the 2012 Centennial Conference tournament championship and earned the Centennial Conference regular season championships and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in both 2011 and 2014.
Saikia is pleased to have attracted a coach with Hamilton's experience.
"We are truly excited to have Kaitlyn joining our staff," said Saikia. "We had the good fortune of attracting a very strong pool of candidates, but ultimately decided that Coach Hamilton was the best fit for York College and our field hockey program. In addition to bringing an incredibly strong background of success as a player at DIII field hockey power, William Smith, and as a coach in F&M's outstanding program, her values, her enthusiasm, her drive, and her passion for field hockey are exactly what we were looking for. Our program is on a great path. I think Kaitlyn has a great opportunity here as she joins the head coaching ranks. It will be exciting for all of us."
Hamilton brings extensive playing and coaching experience with her to York. In addition to her stint at F&M, Hamilton was a four-year letter winner at William Smith College. She gained honors as a two-time winner of William Smith's Charles P. Boswell II '50 Field Hockey Award, assisted in capturing two Liberty League Championships, and scored two goals in Division III NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007. In addition, Hamilton was named Second Team All-American as a sophomore and third team as a senior. From 2007 through 2009, Hamilton was named to the NFHCA All-Region First Team and Liberty League First Team. She was also coined Liberty League Rookie of the Year.
Hamilton was also very involved in the William Smith athletic department as she worked in the Athletic Communications office, assisting in the day-to-day operations of the office.
Jayme Goldkind enters her second year on the York College Field Hockey staff under head coach Kaitlyn Hamilton.
Goldkind is very familiar with the Spartan program. She was a four-year member of the field hockey squad from 2009-2012. She tied the school record for goals in a game when she found the back of the cage four times in the 7-0 senior day win over Susquehanna on October 24, 2012. She served as a Spartan team captain her senior year.
Goldkind got into coach in the fall of 2013 when she became an assistant coach at Stevenson University. During her time in Owings Mills, the Mustangs won 39 matches including a school-record 15 during the 2014 season.The Mustangs advanced to the program's first ever post season as they participated in the 2014 ECAC Mid-Atlantic tournament. The Mustangs would capture the ECAC Mid-Atlantic championship with wins over Muhlenberg, Lebanon Valley and Arcadia.
Goldkind coached Mustang standout Caitlin Dempsey who would go on to finish her career as the most decorated Stevenson field hockey player in school history. Dempsey set a school record with 67 points on 26 goals and 15 assists while she also had seven game-winning assists during her senior year.
Goldkind is responsible for assisting Hamilton in all aspects of the Spartan program. Goldkind is a 2013 York College graduate with a degree in psychology.
Gabrielle Nolt enters her third year on York College Field Hockey staff. Nolt comes to the Spartan program after serving as an assistant coach at Hempfield High School.
Nolt brings extensive playing and coaching experience to the Spartan squad. Nolt was a four-year letter winner at La Salle University. She had a fantastic senior year as she was the team’s leading scorer, earned a Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Award, and finished the season ranked seventh in the A-10 in scoring as a senior. Nolt also earned A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll accolades and was named the team’s Unsung Hero.
Nolt’s coaching career began at Hempfield High School in 2011 at the conclusion of her collegiate career. Nolt helped lead the Knights to the 2011 PIAA State Championship. Hempfield went 19-6-1 en route to the state championship. She has also coached Keystone State Games teams including a squad in the youth division that finished second at the 2012 games. Nolt is very active in the Lancaster and York communities as she is a 200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, specializing in vinyasa power yoga, and teaches classes daily at Evolution Power Yoga.
Nolt will be responsible for assisting Coach Zinn in all aspects of the Spartan program.
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Michele Lobach enters her fourth season as a member of the Spartan field hockey coaching staff in 2015. Lobach served two years under former head coach Carly Zinn and remains on staff for first year head coach Kaitlyn Hamilton.
Lobach comes to York after compiling a stellar playing career at Lebanon Valley College from 2007-2010.
At LVC, Lobach was named an NFHCA First-Team All-American as a junior and a Second-Team All-American as a senior. She earned NFHCA First-Team All-Region honors as a junior and senior, in addition to earning Second-Team All-Region accolades as a sophomore. Lobach also earned All-Commonwealth Conference honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior, in addition to being named the Commonwealth Conference Rookie of the Year.
Named a team captain her senior year, Lobach finished out her collegiate career as Lebanon Valley's all-time career assists leader as she compiled 151 points on 53 goals and 45 assists. She also played a major role in leading LVC to four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Lobach graduated from Lebanon Valley in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
A native of York County, Lobach grew up in Hanover, Pa. and played high school field hockey at South Western High School.