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O’Rourke Joins Staff

Kristen O'Rourke.
Kristen O'Rourke.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Kristen O'Rourke, who won three CAA Championships and made three NCAA Tournament appearances while playing for James Madison, has joined the Yale field hockey staff as an assistant coach.  Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, announced the addition Tuesday. O'Rourke brings eight years of coaching experience -- including roles with USA Field Hockey -- to Yale.

"Kristen has coached the goalkeepers at our camps the last four years," said Stuper. "In 2014 I was immediately impressed with her knowledge, work ethic and ability to connect with the campers. We have been fortunate to have her join us every summer since then and I am thrilled to have her join our staff for the 2018 campaign!"

A former goalkeeper, O'Rourke will work with Yale's goalies. Her collegiate coaching experience includes a stint as the goalkeeping specialist for Davidson from 2014 to 2016, where she helped the Wildcats' goalie rank in the top 10 nationally for save percentage in 2014.

Prior to that O'Rourke served as an assistant coach and goalkeeping specialist at Richmond from 2010 to 2014, helping Richmond's goalies lead the nation in save percentage in 2011 and 2013. She developed a first team All-American in 2013 and helped Richmond's defense rank first nationally in goals-against average that year. O'Rourke also co-directed Richmond's field hockey camps and ran/directed the annual spring tournament.

O'Rourke has been the director of Next Level by KO since 2013, operating clinics and play days while also providing consulting services. She worked with Texas Pride Field Hockey in 2016-17, helping two goalies get selected for Junior National Camp. She also worked with East Coast Field Hockey Club in 2014-15.

O'Rourke has been involved with USA Field Hockey on multiple levels, including serving as a National Futures Championship coach and selector. She has also been a Region 8B Futures site director/head coach, a goalkeeping coach and a selector in several regions.

In 2010 O'Rourke received her B.S. in kinesiology from JMU, with a concentration in sports management and a minor in business. She earned JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete honors as a senior. She is a native of Williamsburg, Va., and attended Jamestown High School.

O'Rourke joins a Yale staff that also includes Jess Barnett, a former Canadian National Team member who is returning for her third season as an assistant, and Mary Beth Barham '13, who is now with the USA Field Hockey National Team and has transitioned to a volunteer assistant role as she enters her fourth year on the staff.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity