Queens University of Charlotte took the next step in forming its new field hockey program, hiring Brandi Kist as the Royals’ first head coach.
Kist had been head coach at Appalachian State University since 2006, compiling a 30-147 career record in nine seasons with the Mountaineers.
Her best season was in 2009, when ASU went a school-record 6-15. Last year, the Mountaineers finished 5-16 – the Mountaineers’ best record in four years – and 1-7 in NorPac Conference play.
“I couldn’t be more appreciative or thankful for nine incredible years as a Mountaineer,” Kist said in a prepared release. “Over that time, I’m proud of the progress the program has made academically, on the field and with facilities. I’ll be forever grateful for the amazing young women that I’ve had the opportunity to know and coach, and the friendships that I’ve made.”
Kist had joined Appalachian State’s field hockey team as an assistant coach in 2005 and was promoted to head coach the following year. Before that, she was a volunteer assistant working with goalkeepers at Saint Louis in spring 2005, and a graduate assistant at Lindenwood from 2003-2005. She also had worked on the coaching staffs at Pennsylvania and Ursinus, and was a four-year letter-winner at Pennsylvania from 1999-2002.
“We are very pleased to have coach Kist join our staff and to launch our women’s field hockey program,” Queens Director of Athletics Jeannie King said in a prepared release. “To have someone with coach Kist’s collegiate coaching experience and background building our program from the ground up is an important first step in our desire to have a competitive program quickly.”
Kist has also worked with the U.S. Field Hockey Association, serving as an assistant coach for the South Region’s High Performance team for three years (2009-2011), and serving as a coach and player selector for the USFHA’s Futures program.
“We thank Brandi for her commitment and professionalism over the past decade,” Appalachian State interim Athletics Director Rick Beasley said in a prepared release. “With her husband working in Charlotte and the opportunity to build a program from the ground up at Queens, the move is the right one for Brandi.”
Chan a preseason All-American
Queens junior attacker Garrett Chan has been named to Inside Lacrosse’s NCAA Division II All-American preseason team.
Chan, who led the Royals to a sweep of the SAC’s regular-season and tournament titles last year, was the only SAC player named to the website’s preseason All-American teams.
In two seasons, Chan – a native of British Columbia, Canada – has recorded 75 goals and 19 assists. He was the league’s leading scorer as a sophomore and was named the SAC’s Player of the Year and earned third-team All-American honors.
Queens, which finished 12-5 last season, was ranked 14th among Division II teams in Inside Lacrosse’s preseason poll. In addition to sweeping the SAC titles, the Royals advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time in program history, losing to Limestone in the first round.
Queens opens its 2015 season with a scrimmage against Furman on Jan. 24 in Greenville, S.C. The Royals’ first regular-season match will be Feb. 7 in Marietta, Ga., against fourth-ranked Tampa.
Queens begins SAC play Feb. 18 with its first regular-season home match against Coker at the Queens Sports Complex.