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Samantha Carr Named Field Hockey Assistant

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Former New Hampshire and Michigan State assistant Samantha Carr has joined the Harvard field hockey staff as the Crimson's coaching assistant, head coach Sue Caples announced Tuesday.

Carr, who was also a standout player for UNH, helped coach the Wildcats during the 2006 and '07 seasons and was most recently a coach with the New England Hockeymates instructional program. Before and during her stint at UNH, she served as the site director and head coach for the New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine region of the USA Field Hockey Futures Program. Carr had previously served two seasons as a graduate assistant at Michigan State.

As a member of the Hockeymates staff, Carr coached elite New England high school athletes on outdoor and indoor skill work and game tactics. At UNH, she was a key contributor in recruiting and with group skill sessions, while assisting with planning of practices and games.

In her role with USA Field Hockey, Carr directed the Olympic development program for northern New England and served on the National Tournament Selection Committee. She also served as the assistant director of the UNH field hockey camp during that time, managing the camp's budget, coaching staff and housing.

A native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Carr earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from New Hampshire in 2004. She completed a master's degree in sports administration at Michigan State two years later. As a graduate assistant at MSU, she organized and oversaw practices and handled various compliance and administrative responsibilities.

Carr played four years of field hockey for UNH, playing at back, midfield and forward and totaling four goals and four assists. She helped the Wildcats reach the America East Championship final and NCAA tournament in 2000 and the America East semifinals in 2002 and '03.

As a senior in 2003, she earned second-team all-region and first-team all-conference honors and was a member of the America East Academic Honor Roll. Carr started all 21 games as a senior, recording one goal and three points and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the America East Conference Championships.

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