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. In 2008 Knerr and the Lord Jeffs ended the regular season with six consecutive victories to once again grab the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. Last year, Amherst finished with a 12-5 record and a national ranking of 13, with a 3-0 win over Husson marking the program's first NCAA Tournament victory since 1999. The 2009 Jeffs became only the fifth team in program history to win at least 12 games.
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.
Coach Knerr and the Lord Jeffs welcome assistant coach Emily Skipp to the 2010 staff.
Carol Knerr's Career Coaching Record
Amherst College (10 seasons, 91-63 overall)
* Co-head coach with Christine Paradis