July 23, 2010
Dartmouth - UMass Dartmouth Athletic Director has announced the hiring of Nicole Hanewich as the new head women's soccer. Hanewich will take over the post effective August 1, 2010.
"Nicole is a terrific addition to the Corsair family and the women's soccer program" said Day in making the announcement of Hanewich's appointment. "I am confident her experience as a player and coach with a nationally-recognized program, along with her energy and enthusiasm, will lead to success for UMass Dartmouth soccer,"
Hanewich comes to UMass Dartmouth following a career as both player and assistant coach at Springfield (MA) College. A 2010 graduate of Springfield with a Master's Degree in Physical Education and a concentration in Advanced Level Coaching, Hanewich had served as a graduate assistant women's soccer coach during the last year. Earlier this year she was named Interim Head Coach at Springfield, while the head coach was on sabbatical leave.
"I am truly grateful for the opportunity to coach at UMass Dartmouth," said Hanewich. "I am looking forward to building upon what has already been established there and moving the program forward in a positive direction"
Hanewich brings a long list of accomplishments as a player for the Springfield College Pride and in women's amateur soccer circles as well. During her career at Springfield, Hanewich finished second in single season points in program history with 39 and was third in season goals with 16. Her teams made three appearances in the NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament while she was twice named a First Team All NEWMAC selection. A two-time team captain, Hanewich earned NSCAA All-Region honors following her final season in 2008 as well as Springfield College's Female Senior Athletic Award.
Following the completion of her collegiate career, Hanewich played a season with the USL Western Massachusetts Pioneers. She also played two seasons for the WPSL Massachusetts Stingers in the Women's Premiere Soccer League, the second-ranked women's soccer league in the country.
Hanewich is only the fourth head coach of the women's soccer program at UMass Dartmouth in its 21-year history. She succeeds Carla DeSantis, who held the position for the last two seasons. UMass Dartmouth was 6-12-1 overall during the 2009 season.