Carol Knerr • Academy Co-Director
The 2016 campaign will be Carol Knerr's 16th as head coach of the Amherst field hockey team. After spending the 2000 season as an assistant and sharing head coaching duties with Chris Paradis in 2001 and 2002, Knerr assumed sole control of the field hockey program in 2003.
Since Knerr’s arrival in 2001, the Purple & White have amassed a 154-84 overall record, including a 85-31 mark over the last seven seasons. During that stretch, Amherst posted at least 10 wins in each of those campaigns, set the program record for wins in 2011 (15), and made NCAA Division III Championship appearances in 2009 and 2011. Only the 1999 team, which advanced to the NCAA tournament finals, ended with a better record (15-3), as the 2011 squad earned a spot in the quarterfinals and finished with a NFHCA national ranking of 10. The Purple & White have also made nine straight NESCAC tournament appearances since 2006, including five consecutive trips to the semifinals.
In 2013, Amherst suffered a pair of overtime losses to start the season before erupting for 13 straight victories resulting in a 9-1 mark in league play and the program’s first-ever NESCAC tournament top seed. For her efforts, Knerr was named the 2013 NESCAC Coach of the Year.
Lindsay Griffith • Academy Co-Director
Griffith spent two years as a graduate assistant coach before being promoted to the first assistant at Amherst in 2014 helping the Jeffs to a 36-12 record in her three years on the sidelines while earning her Masters of Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014.
Prior to Amherst, Griffith was a four-year member of the field hockey team and was voted as a co-captain and team MVP as a senior at Tufts, where she earned a bachelor of arts in English. She was a two-time Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region honoree and was named All-NESCAC Second-Team in 2011. Griffith was also chosen to play in the prestigious NFHCA Senior All-Star Game. The Jumbos won the 2009 NESCAC Championship and participated in two national Final Fours, finishing as the national runners-up during Griffith’s freshman year in 2008.
Griffith is originally from Wilmington, DE attending Tower Hill School and is currently the head field hockey coach at DeSales University. This is her fifth year on staff with the Amherst Field Hockey Academy.
Carly Dudzik • Academy Coach
A 2012 graduate of Amherst College, Carly Dudzik was a two sport standout and one of the most decorated field hockey players to come through the program at Amherst. A four year starting midfielder for the field hockey team, she twice garnered first-team All-America praise, while taking home first-team All Region and All-NESCAC laurels. She graduated with a psychology degree and finished her career with 65 points on 21 goals and 23 assists. In addition, Carly excelled on the softball diamond earning the conference’s Rookie of the Year and a second-team All-League selection in 2009.
Carly served as an assistant coach at Denison University in 2012 and returned to Amherst to serve as an assistant coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, while earning her Masters in Sports Management from Umass.
Jonel Boileau • Assistant Coach
Jonel Boileau enters her second season as a member of the Amherst College field hockey staff.
Majoring in International Business at the Zarb School of Business, Boileau graduated from Hofstra University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Business Administration.
Serving as team captain of the Division I Pride in the 2014 season, Boileau’s 40 goals and 114 points over the course of her collegiate career ranks her third in goals and fourth in points in program history. A forward, she was the first-ever Hofstra field hockey player to be named the CAA Field Hockey Player of the Year after posting career-highs and leading the conference in both goals (16) and points (38) in her senior season. A three-time NFHCA All-Region and All-CAA selection, Boileau was chosen to play in the 2014 NFHCA Senior All-Star game after averaging 0.84 goals per game (11th in the nation) and 2.00 points per game (14th in nation).
Meghan Peterson • Assistant Coach
Meghan Peterson enters her second season as a member of the Amherst College field hockey coaching staff.
A 2015 graduate of Wellesley College, Peterson was a four-year member (2011-2015) and senior team captain (2014-2015) of the Blue’s field hockey and lacrosse teams, while earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology.
Peterson brings plenty of experience to Amherst, having won two NEWMAC Championships (2013, 2014) at Wellesley, as well as two trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals (2013, 2014.)
Additional Academy staff will include current student-athletes on the Amherst College Field Hockey Team.