Bronwen Gainsford was announced as Belmont Abbey College's inaugural Field Hockey coach on November 12, 2015.
The program will begin play this fall as Gainsford has spent the past 10 months establishing the foundation -- from arranging a schedule, ordering equipment and recruiting players.
Gainsford came to Belmont Abbey from USA Field Hockey, where she was the Region 8 Development and Fundamental Field Hockey Manager. In this role, she represented USA Field Hockey’s programs in the region, provided overall support for all field hockey constituencies in the region, provided advice, support and opportunities to athletes, coaches, umpires and volunteers, maintained database of all field hockey contacts in region and organized, marketed and led all aspects of the USA Field Hockey Futures program.
From April to September of 2015, she was the USA Sport Development coordinator before her elevation to the Region 8 Developmental position.
Prior to her roles with USA Field Hockey, Gainsford was an affiliate Field Hockey Coach at James Madison University for one season, where she worked with the goalkeepers and recruiting.
Her previous coaching stop came at Smith College (fall 2012 - summer 2014). She also assisted Smith's women's tennis program for the 2014 season. In winter 2013, Gainsford assumed the role of site director of Futures Field Hockey. She managed over 58 field players and five coaches, organizing and implementing plans directed by USA Field Hockey. Prior to the role, she was the director of goalkeepers and the under-19 coach of NOMADS field hockey from winter 2012 to winter 2013.
As a player, Gainsford was a goalkeeper at Wake Forest in 2010 and 2011. She played her freshman (2008) and sophomore (2009) seasons at Catawba College where she began as a defender/midfielder before moving to the goalkeeper position. In 2009, she led all NCAA Division II goalies in saves per game. She served as the team captain and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Gainsford earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication from Wake Forest in 2012 and her Master of Science in exercise and sports studies from Smith College in 2014. She holds a Level II U.S. Field Hockey coaching certification.