Julie Munson was named head field hockey coach at SNHU on August 23, 2013. She is SNHU's first field hockey coach in over 30 years, as the school sponsored a team from 1977-81. She recently wrapped up her first season.
“I am excited that Julie has agreed to serve as our head field hockey coach as we look to build a successful program, not only in the Northeast-10, but nationally,” said SNHU Director of Athletics and Recreation Anthony Fallacaro. “Her coaching and recruiting experience at a pair of top Division I institutions was something that made her an ideal candidate for our position.”
“Building a field hockey program at Southern New Hampshire University is a unique opportunity, one that truly excites me. I look forward to laying a foundation upon which we can build a successful field hockey program where student athletes can find a balance between sport and academics and be successful on both the field and in the classroom,” said Munson upon her hiring. “The athletic department at SNHU feels much like a family in which I can thrive, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Munson led Southern New Hampshire to its most successful season in program history in 2018, as the Penmen finished with a record of 10-9 and earned the first Northeast-10 Conference Championship berth in program history. SNHU set single-season benchmark for overall wins as well as conference victories with eight. The Penmen also placed their first two student-athletes on the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team with Cassidy Huckins and Laura van der Doorn earning selections, while Maddie Holt and Faye Turkmen were named to the Second Team and Third Team, respectively. Huckins also became Southern New Hampshire’s first field hockey All-American after being named a National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) Second Team honoree.
The Penmen made tremendous strides in 2016 as they tripled their combined win total from their first two seasons. Southern New Hampshire posted a 9-9 mark overall and a 5-7 record within the confines of the Northeast-10 Conference. Not only did SNHU earn its first win over an NE10 opponent and its first conference wins, it also earned its first win over a ranked opponent on October 7. Southern New Hampshire secured a 2-1 victory over then-No. 1 LIU Post, which sparked a four-game win streak that stood as the longest in program history.
In the first varsity season since 1981, Munson fielded a roster of 22 players. Freshman Amaris Taylor was named to the Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team.
Prior to arriving at SNHU, Munson spent three seasons at Harvard University. With the Crimson, Munson handled recruiting duties and served as acting head coach for the program in the spring of 2012 as Harvard went through a head coaching change. During her tenure, Harvard had a total of nine All-Ivy League selections, including a pair of two-time honorees in Carly Dickson and Cynthia Tassopoulos.
Before Harvard, Munson spent six seasons on the field hockey staff at James Madison University. With the Dukes, Munson, a former collegiate goalkeeper at the University of New Hampshire, guided the team’s goalies to lead the nation in goals against average (0.75) and shutouts (11) in 2008 while ranking second in save percentage (.820), after ranking second nationally in GAA and shutouts the year prior. James Madison captured the Colonial Athletic Association championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament in three consecutive seasons (2006, 2007, 2008), and goalkeeper Kelsey Cutchins was a First Team All-America selection in 2007 and 2008. Off the field, she coordinated recruiting and film exchange while also serving as the team’s academic liaison.
A veteran of numerous camps, Munson has been involved with CirclePlay camps since 2009 and designed the goalkeeper curriculum for the Let’s Play USA Field Hockey camps held at James Madison. Additionally, Munson has served as both a coach and selector on the regional and national levels of the USA Field Hockey National Futures program, and has worked closely with collegiate goalies and field players as an assistant coach for High Performance.
Munson played at New Hampshire from 2000-03 and was an assistant captain her senior season. A three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad member, she was the UNH field hockey program’s 2002 recipient of the Susan Kilmeister Memorial Award for dedication, accomplishment and sportsmanship. She graduated from UNH in 2004 with a degree in psychology.
Munson graduated from Dover (N.H.) High School in 2000 and was a three-time all-state selection in field hockey while also lettering in basketball and softball.