June 13, 2011

Susie Whelan Named Head Coach At Worcester State

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross graduate Susie Whelan (Class of 2007) has been named the head field hockey coach at Worcester State University. The announcement was made by Worcester State athletic director Sue Chapman.

Whelan joins the Lancers after serving as an assistant coach at Boston College in 2010. With the Eagles, Whelan helped lead the squad to a 12-7 record, finishing fourth in the Atlantic Coach Conference regular season standings. Whelan was also responsible for administrative aspects of the program including travel, game day logistics, recruiting, scouting and the operating the Boston College field hockey camps and clinics.

Before her stop at Chestnut Hill, Whelan was an assistant coach at Holy Cross from 2007-2009. In addition serving as the assistant camps and clinics director, Whelan was in charge of travel, film duties, alumni and fundraising efforts. She helped mentor goalkeeper Erin Singleton, who earned Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year accolades in 2007 and 2008.

Whelan was a four-year starter as a player for the Crusaders from 2003-2006,with the team finishing as the Patriot League runner-up in three of her four seasons. Whelan was an All-Patriot League selection in her junior and senior years, while she earned NFHCA second team All-New England accolades in 2006. At Holy Cross, Whelan was also recognized as the team's Rookie of the Year in 2003, the squad's Unsung Hero in 2005 and the team's MVP in 2006.

In addition to her experience with numerous area camps and clinics at Tufts, Worcester State and Northeastern, Whelan has been active as a head coach for both the Worcester County Field Hockey Academy and the U.S. Field Hockey Futures program.

Whelan has her Level II U.S. Field Hockey Coaching Accreditation as she is also a member of the Alliance for Women Coaches, U.S. Field Hockey, the NFHCA and she is a recent graduate of the NCAA Women's Coaching Academy 2011 class.

Whelan, a native of Acton, Mass., a bachelor's degree in visual arts from Holy Cross, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in administrative studies from Boston College.