PHILADELPHIA – Maddie DeCerbo
has been hired to join Marybeth Freeman
's Temple field hockey staff as the director of operations starting in the 2017 season. DeCerbo is a 2015 graduate of the University of Virginia, and will pursue a master's degree in geography and urban studies during her time at Temple.
"We are so excited to have Maddie join our program," said Freeman. "She comes from an exceptional hockey background highlighted by many successes during her time playing in both the NCAA and abroad. Her attention to detail and drive for success will be excellent examples of what our student-athletes should strive to achieve. We welcome her whole-heartedly to the Owl family."
DeCerbo was a four-year starter at UVa, and helped lead the Cavaliers to their first-ever ACC regular season title as a senior and team co-captain in 2014. She was a two-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree, and helped the Hoos advance to the NCAA Elite Eight in her sophomore season. DeCerbo also earned ACC Academic Honor Roll recognition in all four years of her career, served as a student-athlete mentor, and was a volunteer with the Athletes Committed to Education group, serving as a role model for youth in the Charlottesville local schools.
Following graduation, DeCerbo moved to Perth, Australia, and gained international playing experience with the West Side Wolves club team in the Hockey WA Premier League.
DeCerbo graduated from Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy in the spring of 2015. After returning from Australia, she worked for a private equity start up in Philadelphia.
"I'm really excited to be part of a team again and to be back in the field hockey atmosphere," said DeCerbo. "I've been living in Philly so it'll be great to be in school here and to become more a part of the community."