Heinel named head coach for women's
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
Heinel is a graduate
of Springfield College and is currently finishing her master's degree
in Exercise Physiology.