Carol Knerr • Academy Director
Since Knerr’s arrival in 2001, the Mammoths have amassed a 204-113 overall record, including a 58-23 mark over the last five seasons. Amherst 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 Mammoths have also made 12 straight NESCAC tournament appearances since 2006, including six 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.
Since 2004, Knerr has seen 45 players garner NFHCA Division III All-Region honors including five selections in 2011, four each in 2007, 2012 and 2013, six in 2015 and three each in both 2016 and 2017. She has also had a total of 16 players secure NFHCA Division III All-American honors including at least one first team honoree in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. The Mammoths have also had 42 All-NESCAC selections during Knerr’s time with the program, including 20 first team recipients and 22 second team members, in addition to goalkeeper Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 (Berwyn, Pa.) who was tabbed Rookie of the Year in 2011.
Before coming to Amherst, Knerr spent a year and a half as a two-sport assistant coach at Ivy League power Dartmouth College, where she helped lead the Big Green to an ECAC Field Hockey Championship - and an Ivy League title and subsequent trip to the NCAA quarterfinals in women's lacrosse - in 1999.
The Wyndmoor, PA native was a standout women's lacrosse and field hockey player at the University of Richmond, where she was a four-year starter and captained both sports before graduating in 1998 with a degree in leadership studies and a minor in sports science. Leading the nation in saves as a senior while garnering all-conference honors, Knerr closed out her field hockey playing career ranked seventh all-time in NCAA Division I history with 975 career saves.
She also served as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Amherst from 2000-12, helping guide the team to the program's first-ever NCAA Championship title in 2003.
Mia Olsen • Academy Coach
Joining the Mammoths in July 2020, Mia Olsen enters her second season as an assistant coach on the Amherst field hockey staff this fall.
A 2017 graduate of NESCAC rival Trinity College with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Olsen also owns a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Westfield State University and comes to the Pioneer Valley following a three-year stint as an assistant coach for the Division III Owls. Helping lead Westfield State to the program’s second-ever Little East Conference (LEC) championship title in her first season with the Owls, Olsen mentored three All-LEC honorees and 15 All-Academic selections during her time with the Blue & White and also boasts experience as a coach and site director for HTC Field Hockey Club in Connecticut.
Capturing NFHCA National Academic Squad distinction as a three-year starter at midfield at Trinity, Olsen was named a team captain during her senior season and racked up a goal and 17 assists for 19 points in 62 appearances. Her seven assists in her junior campaign ranked first on the Bantams and sixth in the NESCAC and earned Olsen the team’s ‘Unsung Hero’ award as one of Trinity’s most unselfish and consistent playmakers.
A USA Field Hockey Level 1 certified coach, Olsen is a member of the USA Field Hockey Coaches Association and the Alliance of Women Coaches and has participated numerous professional development symposia including the NFHCA Winter Convention, the USA Field Hockey National Coaches Forum, the Women LeadHERship Academy, the NCAA Regional Rules Seminar, and the NESCAC Coaching Symposium for Women.
Elle Brine • Academy Coach
A new addition to the Mammoth coaching staff in 2021, Elle is a 2020 graduate of Bowdoin College where she played field hockey and lacrosse and double majored in Philosophy and English.
On the field hockey field, Elle led the conference in assists her senior year and was awarded 1st Team All-NESCAC, 1st team All-Region and 2nd team All-American. She was also the recipient of the Society of Bowdoin Women Award, presented to a senior member of any Bowdoin varsity team in recognition of unselfish play through cooperation, effort and sportsmanship.
Elle is pursuing a Master's degree in Sport Management from the Isenberg School of Management of UMass.
Additional Academy staff will include current student-athletes on the Amherst College Field Hockey Team.