Defensive specialist Kim Kinsella joined the University of Delaware field hockey staff in August 2013 and the Blue Hens have continued to feel her impact.
During the recent 2014 season, Delaware captured their second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association title en route to the sixth NCAA Tournament berth in school history.
Despite losing five talented seniors from the previous year’s NCAA team, the 2014 squad finished the year with a mark of 13-9 while going 4-2 in league action. The No. 2 seed in the CAA Tournament, Delaware prevailed for the program’s fourth CAA Championship.
The 2013 campaign was one of the most remarkable seasons in Delaware history. The Blue Hens posted a program-record 17 victories in addition to earning both the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships en route to the fifth NCAA Tournament berth in school history.
During Kinsella’s first season with the Blue Hens, head coach Rolf Van de Kerkhof was named both the NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year and CAA Co-Coach of the Year, both accolades that Van de Kerkhof views as coaching staff awards and not just an individual award.
Under Kinsella’s guidance in 2013, fifth-year senior Sarah Scher ranked in the NCAA Top 50 in four categories including win-loss percentage (.773; fifth), goals against average (1.54; 22nd), save percentage (.752; 27th) and saves per game (4.68; 49th). Scher, an All-CAA Second Team selection, finished her career ranked 11th in Delaware history with 190 saves and was named the Most Outstanding Performer for the CAA Tournament.
Kinsella brought over five years of coaching experience to the Blue Hens. She arrived at Delaware following three seasons as an assistant coach at Central Michigan University. While there, she worked with the team’s goalkeepers and mentored Anatasia Netto to two all-conference honors.
Prior to her time at CMU, Kinsella spent two seasons at Virginia Wesleyan College, where she was instrumental in mentoring another all-conference goalie selection.
Kinsella competed collegiately at Missouri State University as one of the top goalkeepers in the country from 2004-07. She led the nation in saves per game and save percentage three times while earning second team All-MAC and All-MAC academic honors from 2005-07. She was also a three-time NFHCA All-Academic honoree while with the Bears.
The St. Louis, Mo. native has been heavily involved in coaching numerous camps at both the high school and collegiate levels. Kinsella has also served as the head goalkeeper coach for the USA Futures program since 2006.
Kinsella has also been involved with the United States Field Hockey Association through coaching at the AAU Junior Olympics (held in New Orleans in 2011), numerous Futures sites and selecting at various USFHA events. This summer of 2013 marked the fourth time Kinsella has coached a team at the National Futures Championships.
During the winter of 2013, Kinsella was one of 80 female coaches across the nation to be chosen for the highly selective and competitive NCAA Women’s Coaching Academy.
Kinsella graduated cum laude from Missouri State in 2008 with a degree in marketing management. She earned a master’s degree in physical education, with an emphasis on coaching, from Central Michigan in 2012. Kinsella is a member of the NFHCA and USFH.
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