Kat Heterbring named assistant field hockey coach
July 5, 2013
Heterbring joins the Newberry staff after serving as the assistant women’s field hockey coach at Elmira College from 2011-2013. Heterbring helped lead the Soaring Eagles to a 5-10 record in 2012, a season that also saw Elmira earn recognition on the NCAA Most Improved List. The 2012 season was the best for Elmira since the 2005 season.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be part of a brand new program at Newberry College," Heterbring said. "Knowing Catherine's field hockey background has me extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with her."
“Hiring Kat was the next major step in the successful development of this new field hockey program," Somits said. "In addition to her outstanding defensive accolades during her own playing career, she also played a critical role in helping turn a corner for the Elmira field hockey program when she coached there. I love her intensity and enthusiasm for the game, but it’s her commitment in making the college playing experience one about developing young women and preparing them for life after college that makes her exceptional. I feel so lucky to have her on staff, and am so happy for the incoming players who will have the chance to be coached by her.”
In her time at Elmira, Heterbring also earned a Master’s degree in General Management. During her first year at Elmira, Heterbring served as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach.
As a student-athlete, Heterbring played four seasons of field hockey at American International College and also played a single season of lacrosse for the Yellow Jackets. Heterbring played in the North South Division II Field Hockey All-Star Senior game, and finished her junior season as the NFHCA national defensive saves leader. She also wrapped up her career as the career and single season record holder at American International for defensive saves.
The career minutes record holder for the Yellow Jackets, Heterbring was a four-year starter and a two-year captain as she helped American International to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. During Heterbring’s time at American International, the Yellow Jackets earned a No. 3 ranking in NCAA Division II.
Heterbring served as a NCAA DII Site Representative in 2013, and in 2008 and 2010 was an Evaluator with the Empire State Games Field Hockey Selection Committee.
In addition to her Master’s degree from Elmira, Heterbring holds degrees in Sports and Recreation Management, and Business Administration from American International.