FERRUM, Va. – Director of Athletics Abe Naff has announced the hiring of Carrie Hanshue-Austin
as Field Hockey Coach at Ferrum College. Hanshue-Austin comes to Ferrum from Appalachian
State (N.C.) University, where she has served as Associate Head Field Hockey Coach
from 2007 through this fall.
The College announced it would reinstate its field hockey program after a 13-year
absence. Ferrum offered field hockey as a club program in the late 1960s, before
varsity sports came on board for women. Nearly 30 years later, field hockey was brought
back as a varsity program in 1998, but was discontinued after two seasons.
Field hockey is the sixth sport added at Ferrum in recent years. Men's lacrosse was
added in 2010-11, women's swimming in 2011-12, wrestling and men's swimming in 2012-13,
and equestrian (club) in 2013-14. With the addition of field hockey, the College
now offers 21 sports, including 19 varsity programs and two club sports.
In her role as Associate Head Coach at Appalachian State, Hanshue-Austin assisted
with all facets of running an NCAA Division I field hockey program, including player
development, practices, recruiting, team travel, equipment, budgeting, fundraising,
community service, alumni relations, camps and clinics.
Prior to Appalachian State, Hanshue-Austin was Assistant Field Hockey Coach at West
Chester (Pa.) University during the 2006-07 school year. She served in July 2013
as a Junior National Team Selection Camp Volunteer and Observer for U16, U19 and U21.
Hanshue-Austin was also the Futures Program Head Coach & Site Director from 2003-11.
As a member of the NorPac Field Hockey Conference, she recorded minutes for all conference
meetings from 2011-13.
"We're pleased to have someone with Carrie's experience on staff to restart our field
hockey program," said Naff. "Her excitement and drive are exactly what we need to
develop our newest women's athletic program at Ferrum."
Hanshue-Austin's camp and clinic experiences include work at Appalachian State, Wake
Forest University, Temple University, West Chester University, Saint Joseph's University
and the Red Rose Field Hockey Camp.
Hanshue-Austin is a 2006 graduate of West Chester, where she earned her Bachelor of
Arts degree in Political Science. She was a four-year starter as a goalkeeper for
the Golden Rams. In 2004, she led the Atlantic 10 Conference in save percentage and
earned NFHCA All-Region second team honors. Hanshue-Austin begins work at Ferrum
immediately, recruiting for the Fall 2014 season.