Gilbert, Az. — After an extensive search, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and its executive board are pleased to announce that Kirstin Gebhart has accepted the position of director of marketing and communications. Gebhart will start immediately in an advisory role, then begin in a full-time capacity on August 1, 2018.
"I am honored to have been selected as the NFHCA's newest director of marketing and communications," said Gebhart. "I am grateful to Marybeth Freeman, Jenn Goodrich, Andy Whitcomb and the executive board for this opportunity."
Gebhart comes to the NFHCA from Penn State University where she served as the engagement communications specialist in the Office of Development Communications. In her position, she was primarily responsible for writing solicitations to the University's annual giving audience. She also developed a digital communications strategy for the Office of University Development, contributed content to their various social media platforms, was the editor of the Division of Development and Alumni Relation's intranet site and was a part of a team that redesigned Penn State's development website. Prior to her time at Penn State, Gebhart was an assistant field hockey coach at American University and, before that, at the University of Louisville.
"Kirstin is incredibly creative, she's forward-thinking and embodies the characteristics and mindset we want within the NFHCA," said Marybeth Freeman, NFHCA President. "She is genuinely passionate about our coaching association, shown through how she speaks and her actions to help promote our profession. The skill sets she'll be able to exhibit in this new role are what we need to grow our membership and keep our organization on the cutting edge of the sport. She is the perfect fit for this position and we're excited to begin working with her and discuss new projects for the NFHCA's future."
"I am passionate about coaching, about field hockey and about creative communications—I am committed to channeling that passion into doing great work for the members of the NFHCA," said Gebhart. "I know firsthand what an amazing group of people make up this organization and how important coaching is—my plan is to develop and implement a communications strategy that positively supports the NFHCA mission and its coaches."
During her time as an assistant coach, Gebhart was a participant in the NCAA's Women's Coaches Academy and served on the NFHCA's Senior Game Committee.
Gebhart is a 2011 graduate of American University. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in art history and was named the art history department's Outstanding Graduating Senior. Gebhart played in 85 consecutive games as a member of the American University field hockey program. She helped lead the Eagles to four-consecutive Patriot League Championships and three NCAA Tournament berths. She was a three-time All-Patriot League selection and a two-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team selection.