NEW YORK – Columbia field hockey head coach Marybeth Freeman has announced the appointment of Megan Shea as assistant coach. Shea joins the Lions after three seasons on the sidelines at the University of New Hampshire, her alma mater.

"We are thrilled to have Megan join our coaching staff,” commented Freeman. “Not only is she a decorated front field player, but her dedication to the game and her passion for teaching will be terrific for our student-athletes. She left her mark at New Hampshire as a player making her way into their record books and has been an integral part of their staff in recent years. We are eager to get Megan involved with our program and to help our program continue to move in a positive direction. I know she will be a great role model for our Columbia student-athletes and terrific balance for the staff."

Shea joined the Wildcats’ staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2011 season and was promoted to assistant coach in July 2012. During her tenure, UNH went 44-20 overall and went 14-1 in America East play. The Wildcats picked up three America East regular-season titles and two conference tournament titles with two NCAA Championship appearances. For all of their success, Shea and her colleagues were selected as America East Coaching Staff of the Year in each of the past three seasons.

Before returning to Durham, Shea began her collegiate coaching career at UMass Dartmouth in 2010 where she helped lead the team to a 15-8 record and its second consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Her other coaching experience includes the Seacoast United club and National Futures Association NH Level One.

"This opportunity is beyond exciting for me,” said Shea. “I am looking forward to bringing my passion and energy to the Columbia field hockey team and being a part of their growing success. Columbia’s campus and athletic facility is absolutely beautiful and I am nothing but honored to have a chance to become a part of this coaching staff and team!"

Shea is one of the most prolific scorers in New Hampshire history. A native of Melrose, Massachusetts, she amassed 99 career points (42 goals, 15 assists) spanning the 2006-09 seasons to rank fifth in the program for all-time points, as well as sixth in goals.

As a senior, Shea recorded 23 goals and nine assists for 55 points en route to being named NFHCA All-America third Team and NFHCA Northeast Region First Team. Additionally, she was selected as the America East Offensive Player of the Year and was and all-conference first team.