DOVER, Del. – Wesley College Associate Director of Athletics and head field hockey coach Tracey Short recently announced the promotion of Jill Dixon as associate head coach and the addition of Lauren Niezgoda as an assistant coach on the field hockey staff.
Dixon also serves as the recruiting coordinator and works primarily with the offensive side of the ball. She has been an assistant coach with the Wesley field hockey since the 2014 season after stops at Oberlin College and Smith College. With the Wolverines, Dixon has helped develop 23 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad members, seven All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) athletes, three NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction and three NFHCA Division III All-Academic Teams.
Dixon was a four-year starter at Randolph-Macon College. She was a two-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player and earned the Randolph-Macon Field Hockey Most Valuable Player Award In 2007.
"I am excited to have Jill in this new role," said Coach Short. "She has been with us for four years now and has taken on more responsibilities each year. We are always on the same page when it comes to the team, technical skills and game day preparations. It is exciting to have a coach of her caliber on our staff."
A team captain in 2016, Niezgoda comes off a successful career at Wesley where she was an All-CAC Second Team honoree in 2015. Niezgoda was also named the Wesley field hockey Offensive Player of the Year in 2016 and Rookie of the Year in 2013. She has experience working youth camps and clinics in the area helping out with Gear Up Field Hockey camps and the Caesar Rodney Indoor Field Hockey team.
In 2012, Niezgoda was named to the Team USA Field Hockey Futures Team and participated in the USA Field Hockey Futures program for three years.
A consistent Dean's List student throughout her undergraduate career, Niezgoda earned her Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies in May and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Sport Leadership from Wesley.
"Lauren brings years of experience instructing at our camps," stated Coach Short. "She had four great years playing for us, and we are thrilled to have her on the sidelines. I feel that she will learn a lot from each of the veteran coaches that will benefit her when she moves into coaching her own team."