Clinching the all-time winningest field hockey coach at neighboring Kent State University is a celebrated coup for Reserve Field Hockey. This year, Kathleen Wiler joins the Pioneer coaching staff in the official role of head coach, but the unspoken role as mentor.
Wiler, who led Kent State's Division I teams for more than a decade, is short on fluff and long on substance. Her straightforward style and strength signal a bright future for our Pioneer squad. In addition to her tenure at Kent State -- where she led the program to its first NCAA Tournament win -- Wiler has worked at Miami University and the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova, PA.
Wiler's background includes a mix of interests and disciplines that may be the ideal recipe for coaching success, especially at WRA, where coaching occurs alongside social conscience and a commitment to balance, focus and fun. Wiler attended Providence College, majoring in Social Science, and received her M.Ed. from Kent State University in School Counseling. When she began her career as a theology teacher at the Academy of Notre Dame, her responsibilities included everything from teaching, to coaching field hockey, to supervising student service trips to Appalachia.
When Wiler moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio, her coaching career matured at Kent State and Miami. While at Kent State, she was the five-time MAC coach of the year and the all-time winningest coach in the program's history.
But at the beginning of it all, Wiler was where our Pioneers are: a young, hungry player devoted to the sport. She says the best part of her work is the opportunity to positively impact young women and to help student athletes improve and grow. Her family inspires her, grit grounds her, and she'll carry on a proud legacy of Field Hockey at WRA that dates back to Marie Fielder, the 2019 recipient of the esteemed Ellsworth Award, beloved for her tough mindedness and tenacity.
"I've known Kathleen for years and am impressed and inspired by her as a coach and person," said Director of Athletics and Afternoon Programs Herb Haller. "I am immensely proud to welcome her to WRA and look forward to new heights for our students and this program."