LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell field hockey head coach Jeremy Cook has announced the addition of Anna Wills ’17 as an assistant on the coaching staff. In addition, Sam Carlino, who enters her second season with the team, has been promoted to first assistant.
Wills joins the staff after a prolific four-year career with the Bison. She earned two First Team All-Patriot League accolades and added a Second Team NFHCA All-Region award as a senior. Wills started 60 of the 67 games while leading the team’s defensive effort. Additionally, she was a mainstay on the Bison’s penalty corner offense, tallying 20 points on eight goals and four assists.
In addition to her skills on the field, Wills was an established leader. A captain her senior season, she was a three-time Academic All-Patriot League selection, four-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, and a four-time member of the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.
“Anna was a model student-athlete for our program over the last four years, and I enjoyed watching her leadership and mentorship role within the group grow as her career progressed,” Cook said. “In her new role, I expect nothing less. She'll be an incredible resource for our current-student athletes as they face the exact same day-to-day challenges she faced. Her countless positive relationships with faculty on campus will be huge for all of us, and her knowledge of our on field structures and expectations should make for a seamless transition.”
In Carlino’s first season as an assistant coach in 2016, Bucknell maintained its consistent success. The Bison qualified for the Patriot League Tournament for a ninth consecutive season. Carlino, a former Division I goalkeeper, mentored a group of goalies that turned in five shutouts, including three of the final four games of the season.
Bucknell returns six starters from a team that went 9-9 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League. Included in the victories was an upset win in overtime over No. 12 Albany and a four-game winning streak to end the regular season. In two must-win conference games, the Bison turned in a pair of 3-0 shutouts to close out the league schedule.
The Bison open the season at home against Monmouth on Friday, Aug. 25. The Hawks went 17-3 last season and qualified for the NCAA Tournament after winning the MAAC title.