Field Hockey's Munson Named Head Coach at Southern New Hampshire

Julie Munson was an assistant with Harvard for three seasons (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey assistant coach Julie Munson is leaving the team to take the head coaching position at Southern New Hampshire University, it was announced today. Munson has been on Harvard's staff since 2010 after serving as an assistant coach at James Madison for six seasons.

Munson departs to take over the SNHU program that is restarting in 2014 after a 32-year hiatus. Southern New Hampshire supported a field hockey team from 1977-81 before dropping the sport in favor of women's soccer.

The NCAA Division II institution will bring the 12th field hockey team to the Northeast-10 Conference. The conference is one of the most competitive in the country and has produced national championship teams in 2001, 2005 and 2010.

"Building a field hockey program at Southern New Hampshire University is a unique opportunity, one that truly excites me. I look forward to laying a foundation upon which we can build a successful field hockey program where student athletes can find a balance between sport and academics and be successful on both the field and in the classroom," Munson told "The athletic department at SNHU feels much like a family in which I can thrive, and I can't wait to get started."

Munson, a University of New Hampshire graduate, will work with the active club team at SNHU during the 2013-14 academic year, before the transition to varsity.

Harvard's 2013 field hockey season starts Sept. 6 with an away game at UMass. The home opener is slated for Sept. 8 against Bryant. Rutger Wiese, who served as a volunteer assistant for the Crimson last season, will move to a full-time roll on the Harvard staff.