Rebecca Festinger returns to her alma mater for her first season as an assistant coach with the UMass Dartmouth field hockey program.
Festinger, a 2011 UMass Dartmouth graduate and native of Greenfield, Mass., was a four-year player under former Corsair head coach Nicole Castonguay from 2007-10. That span is one of the most successful four-year stints in program history, as the Corsairs put together a 51-33 record on Festinger's career.
A starter in 66 games, the midfielder registered 12 goals on her career to go along with 18 assists, combining for 42 points. She is a two-time LEC Champion and NCAA Tournament participant, as UMass Dartmouth claimed the conference crown in her junior and senior seasons. Festinger was tabbed to the LEC First Team in both 2009 and 2010 and was tabbed an NFHCA Third Team All-American, and participated in the NFHCA Division III Senior Game at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. She was also the 2011 recipient of UMass Dartmouth's Robbins ECAC Female Athlete of the Year.
Post-college, Festinger played international field hockey for a year, competing at the Universidad de Sevilla on the first team in the second national division in Spain's Real Federacion Espanola de Hockey.
Currently, she serves as the camp manager for World Camp USA, a position she has held for seven years. In her role with World Camp, Festinger executes four camps for 2,000 middle school and high school field hockey players ever summer. She is instrumental is helping high school players take their game to the next level, and has transitioned players to Sport Euro Tour, a European camp.