August 8 – BETHANY, W. Va. – Bethany College Director of Athletics Brian Rose announced Friday the hiring of Kylie Hrehor as the new head field hockey coach for the 2014-15 academic year.
“We are thrilled to have Kylie as our next head field hockey coach,” commented Rose. “Kylie’s ability to work with young programs and help the student-athletes develop, not only as field hockey players but also as students, will enable her to continue building on an already strong foundation. We feel Kylie’s background and experience make her the perfect person to take over the program and are excited to see the growth of Bethany Field Hockey under her watch.”
Hrehor becomes the second coach for the Bison field hockey program since the team returned to campus in 2012.
“I am beyond excited to begin my time here at Bethany College,” commented Hrehor. “Coach (Stephanie) Bernthal has developed a great core of returners, and has brought in an excellent group of incoming freshmen. I am also very lucky to have (assistant) coach (Ashlee) Needy, as she has been invaluable in the transition process. Everyone has been more than welcoming, and I am honored and humbled by this opportunity.”
Hrehor comes to the Bethany Field Hockey program after serving a year and a half at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. During her one season with the field hockey team, Hrehor helped lead a roster of 13 underclassmen and one senior to three victories, including a 7-0 victory against Bay Path. The seven goals marked the second-highest scoring output by an Express team in the history of the program.
In addition to guiding the field hockey program, Hrehor, who helped lead Cortland State’s field hockey program to a 53-8 record and three trips to the NCAA Tournament during her undergraduate career, was also the coach of Wells’ women’s lacrosse team. However, this opportunity at Bethany will allow her to focus on her main sport of field hockey.
“I believe that both Bethany and Wells are very similar in that they are small liberal arts institutions that have a more remote location,” remarked Hrehor. “I believe that my experience at Wells will help me enhance the success at Bethany because I can take all of my organization and time management from coaching two sports, and now just focus on field hockey.
“The sport of field hockey is growing, and getting Bethany's name out in other regions, like I had done for my previous institutions, will be a key step in the process.”
Hrehor began her college career at Cornell University before transferring to Cortland, where she graduated from in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. She began her coaching career at Trine (Ind.) University as an assistant in 2010 before moving up to head coach in 2011. After the school dropped field hockey, Hrehor went to Ithaca (N.Y.) College as an assistant coach before accepting the head coaching positions at Wells.
Hrehor takes over a Bethany field hockey program which posted two victories in 2013, but vastly improved in almost every major statistical category. The team slashed its goals allowed by more than three per game on the defensive side last season, and also doubled their goal output in 2013 as compared to 2012.
“Looking at this group as a whole, the team has made some great strides in just its first two years,” said Hrehor. “Our goal for the next phase of the Bison field hockey program will be to once again increase the win total from the previous year. However, our record will not be our only measuring stick to our success in 2014. I want to make sure the transition into a new coaching staff is as smooth as possible for all of those involved.
“I also expect that we will be a well-conditioned and cohesive unit on the field. Lastly, I expect to have fun and meet the challenges of a new program head on.”
Coach Hrehor and the Bison will open camp on August 15 and will play their first game on August 29 against Goucher College. The home opener for the Green & White is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.