NEWARK, Del. – University of Delaware field hockey head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof announced the addition of Heather Wiley as the squad’s coaching staff as a volunteer assistant Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re very excited to have Heather join us as a member of our coaching staff,” commented Van de Kerkhof, who is in his seventh season with the Blue Hens. “She had an outstanding career at Wake Forest, which is perennially a nationally-ranked program. It’s clear that she’s very passionate about field hockey, teaching the game and developing people. Heather’s done a terrific job so far this preseason and I look forward to her continued involvement and contributions as we pursue our 2017 goals.”

A native of Elkton, Md. (Caravel Academy), Wiley graduated from Wake Forest University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with minors in journalism and communication. She was a four-year varsity letter winner as a defensive back and appeared in 76 games for the Demon Deacons.

“I am very excited to join the UDFH coaching staff this fall,” Wiley remarked. “It is a privilege to be working with and learning from some of the most driven and knowledgeable coaches in the country, and I am grateful for the opportunity to join them and the Blue Hens student-athletes in getting better each and every day. Having grown up just a few miles from the University of Delaware, it is great to see how the program has grown and excelled over the years. This makes it even more exciting and special to be able to contribute to and be a part of UDFH this season.”

The Blue Hens kick off the 2017 campaign by traveling to Louisville for contests against Indiana (August 26) and the Cardinals (August 27). Delaware defeated Louisville last season, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Duke University.

The Hens return to Fred P. Rullo Stadium on September 1 for their home opener against Dartmouth. First pass back is slated for 7 p.m. with a pre-game ceremony to unveil the 2016 NCAA Championship sign.

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