January 6, 2012

KARL ROUNDS OUT COACHING STAFF WITH ADDITION OF LOCAL PRODUCT, LAUREN VAN DE KAMP

With the spring season right around the corner, the VCU field hockey team rounded up its coaching staff under first-year head coach Shannon Karl with the addition of Lauren van de Kamp as an assistant coach, earlier today.  

"We are very excited to welcome Lauren into our VCU Field Hockey family. Being fresh out of college and having recently played overseas, she will bring a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to our program," Karl said. 

van de Kamp is no stranger to Richmond. She starred at Trinity Episcopal School during her high school career, before going to excel with the field program at Longwood, graduating in 2011 with a degree in kinesiology.

The Midlothian, Va. native was a four year standout on the turf for the Lancers. In 2010, she was named the NorPac Defensive Player of the Year to go along with three straight years of being named to the All-NorPac conference teams.

During her four-year career at Longwood, she played in 78 matches, earning the starting nod 70 times. She tallied 20 career goals and helped on 17 more for a total of 57 points. She also recorded three defensive saves over her four year career.

"I would like to thank Shannon Karl and the athletic department for giving me this amazing opportunity. I am honored and excited to join the VCU family and look forward to working with Shannon, Laura Baker, and the team," van de Kamp said.

van de Kamp's hiring comes after Laura Baker returned to the Rams' coaching staff in December.

Karl said, "I am very pleased with the coaching staff we have put together and look forward to moving in a new and fresh direction."

The Rams are set to begin preseason workouts in early February.

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