After graduating from Drew University in 2013 with First-Team NFHCA Regional All-America honors as part of the university’s field hockey team, East Hampton High School graduate Danielle Waleko returns as the program’s new assistant coach this fall.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome Danielle back to the Rangers,” said eighth-year head coach Felicia Cappabianca. “Danielle brings Drew tradition and an unmatched passion for the game.”
Waleko, who was an All-Conference First Team selection for the first time in her career last fall, led the Landmark Conference and was in the top 10 in all of NCAA Division III with 18 assists in 2013. She fell just one assist shy of tying the single-season school record. In just two seasons with the Rangers, she ranks fourth all-time with 30 assists. She averaged 0.75 assists per game in two seasons, which is tops in program history.
“Danielle left her mark here as a player, and I am excited for her to make the transition to the sidelines and help us continue raising the level of success within our program,” said Cappabianca, who guided the Rangers to as high as a No. 16 NFHCA national ranking last season. “I know she will be a great role model for our Drew student-athletes and a terrific balance for the staff.”
The energetic midfielder made Second-Team All-Conference her junior year after starting all 20 games and totaling 20 points with four goals and 12 assists. She transferred from Landmark Conference rival school Susquehanna University in 2012. She tallied 29 points for the Crusaders from 2010-11 with 11 goals and seven assists in 36 games, bringing her career collegiate totals to 79 points on 21 goals and 37 assists.