Northfield Mount Hermon has announced two new coaching appointments in its Athletics Department: Kelsey Roberts has been promoted from assistant coach to head coach of the varsity field hockey team, while Kerem Posacioglu has joined the school as strength and conditioning coach.
"These two coaches are fantastic people who will add much to our community and contribute to the strength of our efforts in athletics at NMH,” said Athletic Director Rick Hendrickson.
Roberts had served as assistant field hockey coach for two years, in addition to working in a number of summer programs, including the Revolution Field Hockey Camp hosted at NMH.
“Kelsey knows our field hockey team well and is ready to lead our program,” Hendrickson said. “She was a successful player and has been a highly valued assistant coach.”
Roberts was a standout attack player at Keene State College, where she majored in biology and served as the Owls’ captain her senior year. She helped lead her team to an NCAA tournament appearance and three conference championships.
She attended Greenfield High School, where she excelled in field hockey, basketball, and softball, earning 15 varsity letters and being named to the All-Western Massachusetts team in field hockey and and a league all star in basketball.
“Being selected to take over the head coaching position at NMH is an honor,” she said. “I grew up in this area, and NMH has always been a place I've admired. I’m very excited about the future of this program and what we will accomplish together.” “Kerem's depth and breadth of experiences position him to serve our entire student community, from those who want to explore lifestyle fitness options to our Division I athletic recruits,” Hendrickson said
Posacioglu brings to NMH a rich, diverse background in strength and conditioning: A former professional windsurfer, he has designed and implemented fitness programs for youth at Central City Boxing and Barbell and for the Springfield Fire Department and has interned at the University of Central Florida, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Georgia Tech University.
“Kerem's depth and breadth of experiences position him to serve our entire student community, from those who want to explore lifestyle fitness options to our Division I athletic recruits,” Hendrickson said.
A graduate of Ohio State with a degree in health promotion, nutrition, and exercise science, Posacioglu recently earned his master's degree at Springfield College’s highly regarded strength and conditioning program.
"I am grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to working closely with the athletics staff to improve NMH athletes," he said.