Catherine Ostoich, who has head coaching experience in field hockey and most recently was an assistant coach in the Big Ten Conference, will lead the Central Michigan program, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford said.
Ostoich comes to Mount Pleasant from Indiana, where she served as an assistant coach for the 2017 season. She was head coach at Missouri State in 2016, and she was an assistant coach at Davidson College in North Carolina for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Ostoich saw CMU play in the 2017 season when the Chippewas traveled to Indiana on Sept. 8. The Hoosiers won, 4-1. Ostoich’s first day at CMU will be Jan. 4.
“Catherine has been aggressive in gaining coaching experience since she was a top-flight player at Richmond,” Alford said. “She brings a well-rounded view of what it takes to lead a program. Recruiting, coaching, budgeting, excellence in the classroom – she’s done all that while keeping the focus on the student-athlete. We’re excited to have her as part of the CMU Athletics family.”
Ostoich takes over a program that is a three-time regular-season Mid-American Conference champion. The Chippewas’ last league title came in 2014. Their last MAC Tournament championship was in 2005. CMU went 0-18 this year.
“I’m extremely excited to join the Central Michigan community and a program with an established history of success, and I’m also excited to get back to the Mid-American Conference,” Ostoich said. “Work ethic, fitness and leadership are the foundations of a strong program in my view and those three traits are what I look for in a student-athletes.
“We are going to be a very fit team that does not stop playing, does not stop working, until the final whistle.”
For three-plus years, Ostoich has been a camp manager for a technical skill camp at World Camp USA at Swathmore College in Pennsylvania. As a manager, she worked with budgets and supervised a staff of 24. She also worked at World Camp USA as a coach and referee for three summers.
As a player, Ostoich was a four-year starter as a back at Richmond and a co-captain her senior season in 2013, when the Spiders were fifth in the nation in shutouts. Twice she was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team. She graduated from Richmond in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“I am grateful to Michael Alford and (Executive Associated Athletics Director) Cristy Freese for the opportunity they have afforded me, and I look forward to working with them and with the CMU community as we strive to do the very best for the student-athletes and the university,” Ostoich said.