Former Buckeyes Hired to Division I Coaching Staffs

Jenn Sciulli was hired Aug. 12 as an assistant coach at Michigan State
Jenn Sciulli was hired Aug. 12 as an assistant coach at Michigan State

Aug 15, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members from the 2010 NCAA Final Four Ohio State Field Hockey Team have recently been hired by Division I programs as assistant coaches.  Former Buckeyes Jena Cacciatore, Danica Deckard and Jen Sciulli are continuing their field hockey careers as coaches – something Ohio State head field hockey coach Anne Wilkinson is proud to see.

“All three of these Buckeyes had outstanding playing careers,” Wilkinson, who enters her 18th season at the helm at Ohio State, said. “Their ability to lead and their confidence to make critical decisions are the reasons they were so successful.  These characteristics definitely carried over to coaching.  This is a great way to give back to the sport that gave them so much enjoyment.”

Cacciatore, a 2010 All-West Region honoree, was announced as an assistant coach at Colgate, while Sciulli, the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, was named assistant coach at Michigan State. Deckard, who finished her Buckeye playing career last season as a two-time All-Big Ten selection, is now the graduate assistant coach at Temple University.

“I’m so excited to be able to continue my coaching career in the Big Ten,” Sciulli said. “It was always a dream to compete in the Big Ten and I am eager to start coaching student-athletes in the same conference I played in.”

The three Buckeyes helped lead the Scarlet and Gray to their first NCAA Final Four appearance in program history four years ago, guiding the squad to the most wins in school history (18) as well as most points (213), goals (71) and assists (71) to go along with a Big Ten regular season co-championship.

“I'm thrilled to become a part of the Temple University field hockey program,” Deckard said. “As a player under Anne, I was able to learn so much through her coaching and I hope that I can bring that knowledge to Temple.  Jena, Jenn and I have the experience of being players under Anne and having that successful season in 2010 with reaching the Final Four and winning the Big Ten will definitely help us tremendously as we start our careers in coaching.”