Messiah's Brooke Good To Takeover Falcons Field Hockey Program
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Grantham, PA – Messiah College announced on Wednesday the appointment of Brooke Good as the next head coach of the Falcons’ field hockey program. Good ascends into the position after serving for nine years as assistant coach to Jan Trapp. Trapp retired last month after completing her 39th season as head coach of the Falcons.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to lead the field hockey program at Messiah,” said Good. “It’s been an honor to work with such a well-established program, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of taking our program to the next level.”
A 2003 graduate of Messiah College, Good was a standout center-back and center-midfielder under Trapp. A three-time All-Commonwealth performer, Good was elected to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team in 2002. She also was honored as a 2nd Team All-American during her senior season.
For Good, the chance to lead the program for which she once played is a special opportunity.
“It’s a privilege to be coaching at my alma mater,” said Good, who was also a three-time All-Commonwealth catcher for the Falcons’ softball team during her time at Messiah. “I had a phenomenal experience as an undergraduate student-athlete while at Messiah. Now, I have the chance to further give back to a program that greatly influenced the person I am today. It’s an honor.”
Good will take over a field hockey program that has known only one head coach since 1973—Jan Trapp. In Trapp’s 39 years as head coach, the Falcons won 18 MAC/Commonwealth Conference Championships and participated in 14 NCAA Division III Final Four games. Messiah also advanced to eight National Championships under Trapp’s leadership, with the national title having eluded the Falcons each time. Trapp’s career coaching record is 536-179-28—all with the Falcons.
As far as Good is concerned, the inherent pressure of following in the footsteps of Trapp is not what it may seem.
“Jan has left behind a powerful legacy in this program,” said Good. “I cherish that I’m a product of the Messiah program, and also that I’ve had the chance to be a colleague of Jan for nine years. I won’t lie—they’re huge shoes to fill and it will be a challenge to avoid comparisons, but I have great comfort in knowing that Jan is a friend. I know our Messiah community will continue to be supportive of the program’s future.”
In the 2011 season, the Falcons finished 14-4 and collected their fifth straight Commonwealth Conference Championship after going undefeated (7-0) in league play. The team advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Championships Tournament before falling to Ursinus College by a score of 3-1.
Over the span of Good’s nine years as an assistant coach, the Falcons have won seven conference titles and advanced to four national championship games. Their record is 162-29 over that period of time.
“Being on the staff for the last nine years has really inspired me to lead the program,” reflected Good, who specialized in defensive instruction during her time on the sidelines. “We’ve experienced high levels of success in this program, and we want to stay successful while working to improve wherever we can.”
“We’re looking forward to the great influence that Brooke will have as head coach,” said Messiah Athletics Director Jack Cole. “She is an excellent role model and really understands the game. I’m especially excited for her ability to mentor our student-athletes.”
“Brooke is sure to bring an excellent skill set to the position,” added Kris Hansen-Kieffer, Messiah’s Vice Provost and Dean of Students. “She was a top-notch candidate and is ready to move into the position.”
After graduating from Messiah, Good earned a M.Ed. in Sport Management from Millersville University in 2006. In addition to her new role as field hockey coach, Good will continue as an instructor in Messiah’s Health and Human Performance (HHP) department. She will also remain in her role as Assistant Sports Information Director for the Falcons.
“Messiah field hockey is highly regarded in local area, region, and nation,” added Cole, who believes that Good’s familiarity with the Falcons’ tradition will be a strength for cultivating relationships with generations of Messiah fans. “Brooke is coming into a good situation, and we believe she can take our program to the next level. We’re looking forward to seeing great things come from her work.”