The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVI, Issue 6
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
Oct. 6, 2000

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Heinel named head coach for women's
water polo

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ormer assistant coach Donna C. Heinel has been named head coach of the women's water polo team, replacing Dan McOsker, who resigned earlier this year. She is the first woman and first full-time coach in the program's seven-year history.

     For the past two seasons, Heinel served as assistant coach for both the women's water polo and swimming teams. She is continuing as an assistant to women's swim coach Bob Newcomb.

     Last year, Heinel was in charge of recruiting, conditioning, dry land training and skill development for the women's water polo team, which finished 31-8, including a 10-0 mark in the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The Minutewomen placed fifth in the national championship, the highest finish ever in the program's history.

     Over the summer, Heinel worked with men's water polo coach Russ Yarworth and Phillips Exeter Academy coach Rick Nekton at the Fast Break Water Polo Camp.

     "I am very excited about the opportunity to assume this full time position, and I am grateful to Russ Yarworth for his invaluable knowledge and for what he has taught me concerning the game of water polo," said Heinel. "I am also grateful to Bob Newcomb for affording me the opportunity to finish our goal of winning the Atlantic 10 Swimming Championships."

     Heinel is a graduate of Springfield College and is currently finishing her master's degree in Exercise Physiology.

 
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