Staff
Head Coach
Carolyn King-Robitaille

Carolyn King-Robitaille enters her eighth season at the helm of the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey program in 2019. She was appointed to the position on Aug. 8, 2012.

Since coming to the Hilltop, King-Robitaille's charges have racked up 84 victories while qualifying for the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Tournament in three-straight seasons (2016-18). The Hawks have also made four consecutive Northeast-10 Conference postseason appearances after a playoff drought that dated back to the 2007 campaign.

King-Robitaille also saw her team become a nationally-recognized power, earning its first-ever National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) ranking in the National Coaches' Poll in late 2014 - the Hawks have been in the top-10 for at least three weeks in each of the prior five seasons.

Since assuming the coaching reins in 2012, King-Robitaille has coached all of the program's eight NFHCA All-America picks and has tutored 26 NE10 All-Conference selections. The NE10's Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, King-Robitaille's student-athletes have earned 30 separate NFHCA Division II All-Academic Team placements. She has also overseen the development of two NE10 Defensive Players of the Year (2016, 2017) and the league's Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016. Her team also has a 100% graduation rate for four-year student-athletes during her tenure.

King-Robitaille was the recipient of the prestigious National Coach Award, presented by USA Field Hockey, on Mar. 17, 2018. The individual honored is dedicated to their craft and works tirelessly to make their players, fellow coaches and the field hockey community better. In addition to her outstanding success at Saint Anselm, she has helped to grow the game in the Granite State, hosting camps and clinics for players of all skill levels while partnering with fellow NCAA Division II coaches in the region to provide top-notch instruction for local youths.

Saint Anselm won nine-straight games near the midpoint of the 2018 season, finishing with 15 victories that included 10 against NE10 foes. The Hawks ranked within the top-10 nationally in several statistical categories, including scoring average (2.75), goals per game (2.82) and assists per game (1.77). Saint Anselm hauled in several awards during and after the season - five student-athletes earned All-Conference honors from the NE10, three earned a spot on the NFHCA Division II Senior Game roster and three student-athletes secured weekly honors from both the conference and the NFHCA.

The Hawks completed an outstanding 2017 campaign, racking up 17 wins in 20 games and hosting a First Round game in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second-straight season. The team claimed the NE10 Regular Season Championship for the second-straight season and set numerous program records, including collective point scoring (80-52=212), points per game (10.60), goals (80), goals per game (4.00), assists (52) and goals-against average (1.00). The graduating class of seniors, all recruited by King-Robitaille, racked up an outstanding 57-21 overall record since 2014. The team also equaled its previous team record by ranking third in NCAA Division II, according to the NFHCA, during three separate weeks.

In 2016, the Hawks posted a 17-5 overall record while going 10-2 in the NE10 to earn the Regular Season Championship. They parlayed that into the program's first NE10 Championship appearance, NCAA Tournament appearance and first showing in the National Semifinals. King-Robitaille was named both the Northeast-10 and NFHCA East Region Coach of the Year and she coached three NFHCA All-Americans in Elizabeth Alie, Katherine Sears and Erin Collins, while freshman Hannah Friend was named to the Synapse Sports All-Freshman Team. Alie was named the NE10 Defensive Player of the Year, while Sears earned Goalkeeper of the Year honors in the league.

In addition, King-Robitaille is a United States Field Hockey Level I Coach Educator and is the site director for the USA Field Hockey Futures Development Program held at Saint Anselm.

King-Robitaille was a four-year varsity field hockey forward at Bates from 2003-06 and also played catcher for the softball team from 2004-05. Internationally, King-Robitaille suited up in South Africa as an independent player in 2006, played in Holland that same year as a member of the Bates squad and then traveled to Argentina as a member of the Bates coaching staff in 2009.

She is currently the NE-10 field hockey coaches' chair and is an active member of the NFHCA, USA Field Hockey and the Alliance of Women Coaches (NCAA Women Coaches Academy – Class 39). She is also a member of the NCAA Field Hockey Regional Advisory Committee.

King-Robitaille received her B.A. in English from Bates in 2007 and then obtained her Master's Degree in English from Cortland in 2012. She resides in Manchester with her wife, Ashley, and her dog, Thando.

Assistant Coach
Kelly Shirk

Kelly Shirk is in the third season of her second stint as an assistant coach for the Saint Anselm field hockey program in 2017.

Last season in 2016, the Hawks had their best season in program history, posting a 17-5 overall record while going 10-2 in the NE10 to earn the Regular Season Championship. They parlayed that into the program's first NE10 Championship appearance, NCAA Tournament appearance and first showing in the National Semifinals. As a member of the coaching staff, Shirk helped coach three NFHCA All-Americans in Elizabeth Alie, Katherine Sears and Erin Collins, while freshman Hannah Friend was named to the Synapse Sports All-Freshman Team. Alie was named the NE10 Defensive Player of the Year, while Sears earned Goalkeeper of the Year honors in the league.

In 2015, Shirk helped lead the Hawks to school records in wins (15) and conference victories (9) in a season, as the team went 15-4 overall and 9-3 in the Northeast-10. Ninth-ranked Saint Anselm was edged 2-1 by 10th-ranked Stonehill in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Championship.

Shirk, then Kelly Whittemore, previously served as an assistant coach with the Hawks during the 2011 season. Shirk originally arrived on the Hilltop after playing for two years at Shippensburg (Pa.) University, including a Final Four appearance in 2008. Prior to that, she played four years of varsity field hockey and softball at ConVal High School.

Shirk, who has extensive coaching experience at Granite State Elite, local schools and summer camps, has been living and working in Pennsylvania over the last four years.

Shirk, who is a Certified Health Fitness Specialist, graduated from Shippensburg in 2011 with a degree in Exercise Science and minors in coaching and biology. She went on to earn her MA in Coaching and Athletic Administration in 2016 from Concordia University Irvine.

She currently resides in Manchester, N.H., with her husband, Ryan.

Goalkeeper Coach
Renee Crawford

Renee Crawford is in her fifth season as the goalkeeper coach for the Saint Anselm College field hockey team. She also serves as the Executive Director of Budget and Planning on the Hilltop.

Last season in 2016, the Hawks had their best season in program history, posting a 17-5 overall record while going 10-2 in the NE10 to earn the Regular Season Championship. They parlayed that into the program's first NE10 Championship appearance, NCAA Tournament appearance and first showing in the National Semifinals. As a member of the coaching staff, Crawford helped coach three NFHCA All-Americans, including goalkeeper Katherine Sears, who also earned NE10 Goalkeeper of the Year honors.

Crawford played four years of varsity field hockey and softball at Siena College. She played every single minute in the cage her senior year and was the 2009 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Saves Per Game Champion with 11.94 saves per game. Crawford was an NFHCA Academic All-American all four years of her career, as well as a four-time NEC and MAAC All-Academic Team selection.

Crawford lettered in varsity field hockey for four years and also played softball at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, N.H. She led the Owls to the Class L state title game in three of her four seasons and was named the Class L Player of the Year after her senior campaign. She was selected to play in the U16 National Futures Tournament in Virginia Beach, Va., her junior season and also participated in the 2003 Junior Olympics.

Crawford, who graduated from Siena with a Bachelor's degree in business administration in May 2009 and a Master's degree in accounting in May 2010, currently resides in Bedford, N.H., with her husband, Tyler and twin daughters, Carly and Reese.