Stockton, Calif. – Head coach Andy Smith has announced the addition of Laura Spellman as an assistant coach for the Pacific Field Hockey team. Spellman will join the Tigers for upcoming 2013 season as she begins her position with Pacific in July.
"I'm excited to join the Pacific family and contribute anything I can," said Spellman. "It's not every day that you can play the sport you love and turn it into a job. I am very fortunate for this great opportunity."
"I am thrilled that Laura has accepted our offer to come and join the Tiger family," said Smith. "She brings an immense amount of playing experience to the program and will be a great addition to our staff."
Spellman comes to the Tigers after a four-year career at Cal where she played for coach Smith as a senior in 2012. Playing in the Bears' defense, Spellman was an integral part of a staunch backfield that helped lead Cal to the NorPac championship in 2011. Throughout the year, Spellman and her defensive mates allowed just over 1.6 goals per game en route to a 16-4 record and berth in the NCAA tournament. In addition to their championship in 2011, the Bears took home a pair of runner-up finishes in each of Spellman's first two years on the field at Cal.
Overall, Spellman finished her career as a defender with two goals and seven assists including netting one game-winner for the Bears. Her senior season, Spellman notched a career-best five assists, fourth best on the team despite playing out of the backfield. In addition to her play on the field, Spellman was named a NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad member for her work in the classroom.
Spellman is originally from Gilroy, Calif. where she prepped at Gilroy High School. She is the younger sister of Tiger alum Amanda Spellman who played four years at Pacific from 2008-11.