Carol Knerr • Academy Co-Director
The 2018 campaign will be Carol Knerr's 18th 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 Mammoths have amassed a 175-95 overall record, including a 58-23 mark over the last five seasons. Posting at least 10 wins in each of the last 10 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.
Lindsay Griffith • Academy Coach
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 sixth 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.
Madeline Tank • Assistant Coach
Following a two-year stint at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Ill., Madeline Tank is set to join the Amherst field hockey team's coaching staff.
A 2015 graduate of Amherst with a B.A. in Psychology, Tank returns to the Pioneer Valley after an illustrious playing career that saw her captain the field hockey and ice hockey teams during her senior seasons. An immediate impact player for the Mammoths, Tank started in 54 of her 57 contest appearances, amassing 42 goals, including 13 game-winners, and dishing out 11 assists for 95 total points (fourth in program history). Leading the team in scoring in her final two seasons, Tank was named to the 2013 All-NESCAC and NFHCA All-Region Second Teams, and to the 2014 All-NESCAC and NFHCA All-Region First Teams as well as an NFHCA Third Team All-American.
Maggie Waxter • Assistant Coach
Maggie Waxter enters her first season as a member of the Amherst field hockey coaching staff following a praise-worthy career at Washington & Lee University.
Graduating from Washington & Lee in the spring of 2017 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Waxter was a four-year member of the lacrosse and field hockey teams and served as a captain for both sports during her senior year.
Emily Horwitz • Assistant Coach
A 2017 graduate of Amherst College with a B.A. in neuroscience, Emily Horwitz was named the Hitchcock Fellow and is set to serve as an assistant field hockey coach this fall.
Proving successful both on the field and in the classroom, Horwitz was named a three-time NESCAC All-Academic Team honoree and a four-time NFHCA All-Academic Team selection in addition to earning countless athletic accolades. A two-time All-NESCAC and NFHCA All-Region award winner, Horwitz led the nation in save percentage (.888) in 2014 and was named team captain and MVP during her senior season. Appearing in 51 games in goal for Amherst, the Wilmington, Del. native concluded her collegiate career with a 1.18 goals against average and a .825 save percentage while notching a 31-11 overall ledger and 12 shutouts.
Additional Academy staff will include current student-athletes on the Amherst College Field Hockey Team.