University of Delaware field hockey head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof announced the addition of former team captain and four-year letter winner Jacki Coveleski to the squad’s coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in August 2017.
“We are so excited to have Jacki provide her drive and energy for another season with the Blue Hens,” remarked Van de Kerkhof. “I believe it is a great compliment for a program to welcome back the commitment of an alumna who wants to continue to contribute to her team. Thanks to Jacki’s experiences and life lessons learned during her four seasons as a student-athlete, she is a great resource and inspirational person for all of our new and returning players.”
Coveleski, who graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, appeared in 80 games in a Delaware uniform and helped guide the Hens to three straight CAA titles from 2012-15.
“When Jacki committed to the University of Delaware five years ago, her commitment was based on a vision and plan,” Van de Kerkhof commented. “During her four seasons as a student-athlete, she directly contributed to the growth of our program and the Delaware Field Hockey brand. She has been a key component in transitioning the vision and plan into a reality by raising the team’s academic, athletic and community performances and accomplishments. We are eager to have her help UDFH take the next step up in the CAA and NCAA.
A skilled forward, she finished her career tied for 18th in program history with 16 career assists and added 18 goals for 52 points. Off of the field, the Lewes, Del. native was one of the team’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representatives and also held a position on the SAAC Executive Board.
“Joining the Delaware Field Hockey coaching staff provides me with the opportunity to give back to a program that I hold close to my heart,” exclaimed Coveleski. “UDFH contributed greatly to helping me become the person I am today. As such, I find it a great privilege to help my former teammates and newcomers have an even better experience than I had. Since my first year, this program has come a long way and it is exciting to be a part of the process as we continually improve.”
Four-time letter winner for the Blue Hens • one of two team members from state of Delaware, including Cape Henlopen High School teammate Maggie Delp • has the strong skills, understanding, and mentality to score and assist • finished career tied for 18th in program history with 16 career assists • played in 80 total games in the Blue Hens uniform • graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.
One of three team captains alongside Allie Mikelson and Marjelle Scheffers • appeared in 18 games with 11 starts while guiding the Blue Hens to their third straight CAA title and NCAA Tournament appearance • missed four games after suffering a knee injury at Cornell (Sept. 6) • placed sixth for the Hens with 17 points on six goals and five assists • dished out a career-best three assists in team’s 10-3 season-opening victory at Central Michigan (Aug. 28) • mark was good to tie for second in program single-game history • added another three points on a goal and assist in 3-1 win at No. 19 Michigan State (Aug. 30) to earn CAA Co-Player of the Week (Sept. 1) and National 5 & 10 Best of the Blue Hens Athlete of the Week (Sept. 2) accolades • tied team’s NCAA Tournament record with four shots in First Round action at No. 4 Virginia (Nov. 14) • collected game-winning goals at Fairfield (Sept. 4) and Richmond (Sept. 27) • registered a goal in five straight contests • PNC Bank Student-Athlete Achiever Award honoree (Oct. 3) • CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
Started 20 of 21 games played for the back-to-back CAA Champion and NCAA Tournament participant Blue Hens • finished tied for third on the squad with 19 total points on a career-best eight goals in addition to three assists • named to the CAA All-Tournament Team after tying a career-high with four points on a career-best two goals against William & Mary in the semifinals • also tallied four points on a career-high two assists and the game-winning goal in team’s 4-1 victory over Richmond on Sept. 5 • netted game-winning goal in thrilling double overtime contest at James Madison (Oct. 3) • also collected game-winning goal against Northeastern (Oct. 24).
Appeared in all 22 games for a Blue Hen squad that tallied a program-record 17 victories in addition to earning both the CAA regular season and tournament championships en route to the fifth NCAA Tournament berth in school history • recorded a career-best 13 points on seven assists and three goals • seven assists good for fourth on the team • opened season with one goal and one assist for three points in team’s 5-2 victory over Ohio on Sept. 1 • also posted three points as UD defeated Hofstra, 6-0, on Oct. 25.
Saw action in 19 games while starting seven as a freshman for the Blue Hens • finished season with four points off of one goal and two assists • scored first career and lone goal of season vs. Albany on Aug. 26 • dished out first career assist vs. Central Michigan on Aug. 31 • added an assist at Temple on Sept. 14 • put up a career-high four shots (all on goal) at Appalachian State on Sept. 22.
Led Cape Henlopen High School to a perfect 18-0 record and the state title as a senior in 2011 for head coach Nicole Hughes • four-year starter in field hockey who scored 74 goals and 23 assists for her career • scored 20 goals as a sophomore, 25 as a junior, and 19 as a senior when she missed four games with an injury • earned second team All-American honors in field hockey as a senior when she also earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors • three-time All-State pick, earning first team honors as a junior and senior and second team honors as a sophomore • 2011 Delaware Field Hockey Player of the Year • three-time All-Henlopen Conference selection • competed in U.S. Junior Olympics as a freshman • also played basketball and lacrosse at Cape Henlopen • Key Club • National Honor Society • President of Marine Science Team • Student Council President.
Jaclyn Francis "Jacki" Coveleski ("caw-vuh-leski") • daughter of Peter and Staci Coveleski • born July 3, 1994 • finance major at Delaware • fourth of six children with two sisters and three brothers • older sister, Kaci, played field hockey at CAA rival Northeastern before graduating in spring 2015 • older sister, Samantha, played field hockey at Villanova and older brother, Max, played football and ran track at NCAA Division III Moravian College • father is a physician • mother graduated from Delaware and cousin, Josh Coveleski, played lacrosse for the Blue Hens (2009) • works as a lifeguard at popular resort Dewey Beach, Del. during the summer • enjoys snowboarding, surfing, and archery • Philadelphia sports fan • interned at the UD Department of Finance during the summer • also lifeguarded at Dewey Beach • team’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative and a member of the SAAC Executive Board.
Points: 4 – 2x, last vs. William & Mary (CAA Semifinals – 11/7/14)
Goals: 2 vs. William & Mary (CAA Semifinals – 11/7/14)
Assists: 3 at Central Michigan (8/28/15)
Shots: 5 – 3x, last vs. Villanova (11/3/13)
SOG: 4 – 2x, last vs. Towson (10/11/13)
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