Courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The University of Pennsylvania's Director of Athletics, Steve Bilsky, has announced the hiring of Colleen Quinn Fink as head field hockey coach. Fink replaces Val Cloud, who retired following the 2009 season.
"We are excited to have Colleen as our new field hockey coach," said Bilsky. "She brings enthusiasm and a very clear vision about the future here at Penn. Colleen impressed everyone she met during her interviews, and our student-athletes will benefit from her leadership."
"I sincerely feel honored to be taking over the head field hockey coaching position at the University of Pennsylvania," said Fink. "Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attending a Big 5 school, I know and understand the tradition of Penn athletics, the Palestra and Franklin Field. There is a lot of opportunity for this program to excel, both in the Ivy League and nationally. The University of Pennsylvania is an amazing institution and community, and I am eager and excited to work closely with this team, attract talented student-athletes, and create a culture of success."
Fink comes to Penn from Haverford College, where she spent the last four seasons as the head coach. During her tenure, the Fords improved each year, culminating in last year's run when they made their first-ever playoff appearance and gained their first playoff win in the Centennial Conference. (Haverford finished 10th in the Centennial the year before Fink's arrival; this past season, the Fords finished fourth)
When Haverford went 9-9 in 2008, it marked the program's first season with an overall record of .500 or better since 1991; the Fords then went 6-4 in the Centennial last year en route to their playoff bid. Fink also recruited and coached the only player in program history to earn first-team all-region honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) -- sophomore Roxanne Jaffe, who earned the honor this past season.
Prior to her stint at Haverford, Fink spent two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Saint Joseph's University, where she helped head coach Michelle Finegan lead the program to back-to-back seasons of double-digit wins for the first time in 10 years (11-8 in 2004, 10-10 in 2005). In Fink's second season at Hawk Hill, SJU defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the first time since 1998 when the Hawks beat No. 19 Delaware, 2-1. Since 2005, Fink has been involved in the Viper Field Hockey club program based in Downingtown. As a club manager and coach, she led Viper's under-19 team to a gold medal at the National Festival, and she qualified under-19 and under-16 teams to the National Indoor Tournament. Fink also owns CQ Sports, which encourages and promotes the continuation of field hockey at the college level with the Field Hockey College Quest. Last year's event had 300 participants, 50 staff members, and 75 college coaches in attendance.
Fink also coached field hockey for three years at Archbishop Carroll High School, leading that program to a pair of undefeated seasons and Philadelphia Catholic League title in 2001 and 2003; Carroll also reached the league's title game in each of her three seasons.
Fink played her college field hockey at Saint Joseph's, and was captain of the Hawks' 1999 squad. She graduated in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. She is currently studying for her master's degree in education from SJU.