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Amherst Field Hockey Coaching Staff

Carol Knerr
Carol Knerr


Christine Paradis
Christine Paradis


Julie Zoolkoski
Julie Zoolkoski

After spending the 2000 season as an assistant and sharing head coaching duties with Christine Paradis in 2001 and 2002, Carol Knerr assumed sole control of the field hockey program in 2003 and responded with a stellar 11-5 campaign, earning the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament. Knerr helped coach the team to a 14-3 finish and a trip to the NCAA Regional Quarterfinals in 2000, a 13-4 record in 2001 and a 7-8 mark in 2002. Before coming to Amherst, Knerr spent a year and a half as a two-sport assistant coach at Ivy League power Dartmouth College, where she helped lead the Big Green to an ECAC Field Hockey Championship - and an Ivy League title and subsequent trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in women's lacrosse - in 1999. The Wyndmoor, Penn. native was a standout women's lacrosse and field hockey player at the University of Richmond, where she was a four-year starter and captained both sports before graduating in 1998 with a degree in leadership studies and a minor in sports science. Knerr has also served as an assistant womenís lacrosse coach since arriving at Amherst, helping guide the team to the NCAA title game in 2001, the NCAA Semifinals in 2002 and 2004 and the programís first-ever NCAA Championship in 2003.

Carol Knerr's Career Coaching Record

Assistant coach Christine Paradis, who spent nine seasons as head coach before giving way to Knerr, molded Amherst field hockey into the strong program it is today, guiding the team to eight consecutive postseason appearances, including a trio of NCAA Tournament berths and a trip to the NCAA Championship final in 1999. She was an outstanding field hockey and lacrosse player at the College of William & Mary before graduating in 1984 and was later chosen to represent the United States on both the U.S. National and World Cup Lacrosse teams. Paradis also gained valuable experience as an assistant coach at Springfield College and Yale University prior to taking over at Amherst, and has coached the women's lacrosse team to nine consecutive postseason appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Championship game in 2001, return trips to the Final Four in 2002 and 2004 and the programís first-ever NCAA Championship in 2003. Paradis is a two-time New England Region Field Hockey Coach of the Year and was recently inducted into the William & Mary Athletic Hall of Fame. She earned a bevy of national and regional womenís lacrosse coaching awards in 2003, including Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Division III Coach of the Year, IWLCA National Coach of the Year, WomensLacrosse.com Division III Coach of the Year and IWLCA New England Coach of the Year.

Assistant coach Julie Zoolkoski enters her second season at Amherst after an outstanding four-year field hockey career at The College of William and Mary, where she led the Tribe to a top-20 national ranking in each of her three seasons as a starter. Along the way, Zoolkoski was named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Tournament Team as a senior, and won the 2002 CAA Commissioners Academic Award. The Mountaintop, PA native graduated in 2003 with a degree in marketing and a minor in art/art history and is currently working toward a master's degree at UMass Amherst.

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