University of Delaware field hockey alumna Missy Arenz returned to the program in the fall 2013 as a volunteer assistant coach before being promoted to an assistant coach during the spring of 2014.
During her tenure, Arenz has helped lead the Blue Hens as a persistent threat on the national stage. During the 2015 campaign, the Hens spent 10 weeks ranked No. 18 or higher in the NFHCA Coaches Poll while earning a CAA Championship Three-Peat. Delaware was ranked as high as No. 12 nationally and posted four wins against other NFHCA Top 20 squads, tying the program record set in 2009. The Hens also battled in overtime, but came up short, to three additional Top 20 teams.
Delaware picked up the CAA three-peat after defeating No. 16 and top-seeded James Madison, 2-1, in overtime in Harrisonburg, Va. In the team’s seventh overall trip to NCAA postseason action, Delaware’s season ended in a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss at No. 4 Virginia, the team’s second overtime game against the Cavs in less than a month.
During her first full season as an assistant with the Hens in 2014, Delaware captured its 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.
Arenz rejoined the Blue Hens amidst one of their most remarkable seasons in Delaware History and her contributions were immediately present in the areas of practice, scouting, game day operations and alumni networking. The 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 Arenz’s first season as a volunteer assistant coach 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.
“I am genuinely excited to be back at my alma mater and be able to make an impact on Delaware student-athletes,” commented Arenz. “To be given an opportunity to learn from such a knowledgeable and passionate coaching staff is a rare treat.”
Arenz was a four-time All-CAA player during her tenure with the Blue Hens from 2007-10. She saw action in 74 games in a Delaware uniform and tied for seventh all-time in UD history with 20 assists.
“As a program, we are privileged to have Missy back on the coaching staff,” stated Van de Kerkhof. “After utilizing her qualities as a student-coach in 2011, we are fortunate to welcome her back. It is very clear that she is not only an established and proud UD field hockey alumna herself, but more importantly, that she truly cares for and wants the best for our program.
Van de Kerkhof continued, “Missy is a very passionate as it relates to coaching field hockey and teaching youngsters. To be in the position to welcome her energy and drive to our program is something I am very thankful for and as a program we truly appreciate.”
Prior to returning to the Blue Hens in 2013, Arenz was an assistant coach at West Chester University.
The Fredericksburg, Va. native graduated from Delaware in 2012 with a degree in health and physical education. Following graduation, Arenz served as a graduate assistant coach at Longwood University, where she earned a master’s degree in adapted physical education.
The former Missy Woodie was united in marriage with Matt Arenz, a former football player for the Blue Hens, in December 2014.