Coaching Staff

After spending the 2000 season as an assistant coach and sharing head coaching duties with Christine Paradis in 2001 and 2002, Carol Knerr assumed sole control of the field hockey program in 2003 and responded with a stellar 11-5 campaign, earning the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament. Knerr helped coach the team to a 14-3 finish and a trip to the NCAA Regional Quarterfinals in 2000, followed by a 13-4 record in 2001. Standing at 2-6 with six games remaining in the 2006 regular season, Amherst strung together five consecutive wins before falling to Williams College in the final game of the regular season. The next day, Knerr led the Jeffs to a 1-0 victory over the Ephs to advance to the NESCAC semifinals. Amherst finished the season at 8-8, with five of its losses coming by just one goal.

Before coming to Amherst, Knerr spent a year and a half as a two-sport assistant coach at Ivy League power Dartmouth College, where she helped lead the Big Green to an ECAC Field Hockey Championship - and an Ivy League title and subsequent trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in women's lacrosse - in 1999. The Wyndmoor, PA native was a standout women's lacrosse and field hockey player at the University of Richmond, where she was a four-year starter and captained both sports before graduating in 1998 with a degree in leadership studies and a minor in sports science. Knerr has also served as an assistant women's lacrosse coach since arriving at Amherst, helping guide the team to the NCAA title game in 2001, the NCAA Semifinals in 2002 and 2004 and the program's first-ever NCAA Championship in 2003.

Carol Knerr's Career Coaching Record


Marissa O’Neil, a 2005 graduate of Bowdoin College, joins the Amherst College field hockey coaching staff after two years away from the NESCAC. O’Neil was a two-sport standout student-athlete for the Polar Bears, excelling in both field and ice hockey. On the grass, O’Neil was the 2001 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, before being a three-time First Team All-NESCAC selection. She was the 2003 NESCAC Player of the year and a First Team All-America honoree. O’Neil received the 2005 Dana Shulman Award during her senior year, given to Bowdoin’s most outstanding female athlete. After graduating, O’Neil spent one year as an ice and field hockey coach at St. Anselm College, before a year coaching at the Middlesex School. The sociology major and education minor is working towards a master’s degree in sports management at nearby UMass-Amherst this fall.