DURHAM, N.H. – Robin Balducci, the 13th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey program, announced Tuesday that Felicia Cappabianca has been promoted to first assistant coach on the UNH field hockey team.
Cappabianca, a 2002 graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in Psychology, joined the UNH program in July 2003 as a second assistant.
"Felecia played an integral role in the growth of the players and the success of last year's team," Balducci said. "In addition, Felicia has invaluable familiarity with America East from her four-year playing career at BU and, for the past year, as an assistant coach here at UNH."
Cappabianca was a four-year letterwinner on BU’s field hockey team and was selected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Northeastern Region All-America Team in 2001. As a tri-captain, she was the Terriers’ second-leading scorer that season with seven goals and four assists for 18 points. Cappabianca played in a school-record 85 games and compiled career totals of 22 goals and seven assists for 51 points. Her other honors included two selections to the America East All-Conference Team.
Prior to coming to New Hampshire, Cappabianca was an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Montclair State University during the 2002-03 academic year. She also worked as a personal trainer at both the Institute of Athletic Performance and Axiom Health and Fitness Center during that time. Cappabianca’s other coaching experience included head coach of the West Essex (N.J.) Regional High School freshman field hockey team in 2002 and various field hockey camps.
Cappabianca steps into the position of first assistant that was held by Antoinette Lucas for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Lucas accepted the head coaching position at James Madison University in January.