RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Field Hockey head coach Stacey Bean has announced the promotion of Kayla May to associate head coach.
May, alongside Bean, has helped VCU post a remarkable turnaround the past two sesons. The program has compiled a 26-13 overall record the last two seasons after a combined overall record of 28-46 the four seasons prior to their arrival.
May joined VCU's staff in the spring of 2017 after previously serving as an assistant coach at Indiana University and Siena College. In addition to her coaching responsibilities with the field hockey program at Siena, May also served as a strength and conditioning coach for field hockey, swimming, water polo and women's lacrosse.
"Kayla has played an integral role in helping reshape our program here at VCU as we work towards building a championship team. Her work ethic and commitment to the vision we have for the future of this program have been key factors in creating a culture that has allowed us to elevate the expectations we have for our student-athletes," Bean said.
The 2018 season saw the Rams post a 7-1 mark in the Atlantic 10, the best conference mark in school history, and earn the No. 2 seed in the A-10 Tournament. The Rams reached the A-10 Championship game for the first time since joining the league before falling to No. 10 Saint Joseph's 1-0 in the final. VCU had nine student-athletes honored with postseason awards by the A-10, along with three athletes earning NFHCA Regional All-American honors.
In 2017, She helped guide VCU to a 14-6 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Atlantic 10. The 14 wins were the second-most in a single season for the program. The Rams finished A-10 play in a tie for second place, the highest finish and most conference wins for VCU since joining the A-10 in 2012-13. VCU had six players honored with postseason awards by the A-10.
May began her coaching career at the University of Albany as a strength and conditioning coach in 2011. She played an integral role in devising and supervising sports performance activities for Albany's 19 athletic programs. May spent the majority of her time at Albany working with the field hockey, golf, women's lacrosse, softball, and track & field teams. She also assisted with football, baseball, and men's lacrosse.
A standout student-athlete at Louisville, May helped the Cardinals to three Big East regular season titles (2007, 2008 and 2009) and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2008. She scored 21 goals and accumulated a total of 49 points her senior season while leading the team in game-winning goals. May was also selected for USA National Team Trial and the Midwest High Performance Field Hockey team.