Head Coach Carol Knerr
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 Championship. 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, and followed up with an 8-7 record in 2007, again with five losses coming by one goal.
In 2008 Knerr and the Lord Jeffs ended the regular season with six consecutive victories to grab the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Championship. During its impressive stretch, Amherst earned a 2-1 overtime win over archrival Williams and a 1-0 overtime victory over ninth-ranked Trinity just six days later. The Jeffs would fall to Trinity in the confernce tournament's opening round, but their 10-5 record marked Knerr's best finish and first home postseason game since 2003. For their efforts, the Jeffs cracked the NFHCA national poll when they were ranked No. 20 in the Nov. 4 release.
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.
Knerr will be joined by assistant coach Lindsay McNamara (Bowdoin '09) this season.
Carol Knerr's Career Coaching Record
Amherst College (9th season, 79-59 overall)
* Co-head coach with Christine Paradis