September 3, 2010

Bulldogs Add Championship Experience to Staff with Hiring of Kristina Foster

New Assistant Coach Won Two NCAA Titles at Maryland

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Kristina Foster, who won a pair of NCAA Championships and a pair of ACC Championships as a player at Maryland, has joined the Yale field hockey staff as an assistant coach. Foster, who has also worked for the USA Field Hockey Futures Program, was a two-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection for the Terrapins.

"I am thrilled to have Kristina join the Yale Field Hockey program as we strive to build on last year's success! Kristina is an outstanding young coach and our players will surely benefit from her technical and tactical knowledge," said Pam Stuper, who enters her sixth season as Yale's head coach.

A Medford, N.J., native, Foster was a four-year letter winner for Maryland and was part of the Terps' 2006 and 2008 NCAA Championship teams. Maryland also won ACC titles in 2008 and 2009. A midfielder, she started all 24 games last season and helped the team to a program-best 23-1 record.

"Kristina's NCAA Championship experience makes her a great addition to our staff," said Stuper. "She was part of a winning tradition at Maryland, and also showed a great commitment to academics and to community service."

In addition to earning a pair of NFHCA National Academic Squad selections, and a pair of ACC Academic Squad selections, Foster was also on the Dean's List at Maryland twice, and won the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education Academy of Excellence Award. She earned her B.S. in psychology this past spring and is now pursuing a master's degree at the University of New Haven.

Foster took part in the American Cancer Society's Rely for Life for three straight years at Maryland, and also participated in National Student-Athlete Day twice, teaching middle school students the value of education and teamwork. She was part of her team winning the Champs Cup Award, which goes to a female team for academic, athletic and community achievement.

Foster has worked for the USA Field Hockey Futures Program since 2006, providing consultation to athletes throughout the recruitment process to maximize their abilities. While in high school, Foster played in the National Futures Tournament four times, winning the championship in 2005.

Off the field, Foster worked most recently as head research assistant at Laboratory Automation Psychology Research Center, supervising five undergraduate research assistants. She also spent time as a research assistant at the Center for Addiction, Personality, and Emotion Research Center, and interned at Family Health Psychology Center.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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