AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Roxanne Coetzee-Turner as an assistant on the Mammoths' field hockey coaching staff.
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa and a 14-year coaching veteran, Coetzee-Turner joins the Mammoths following a six-year stint at St Mary's School, Waverley – a private girls' school in Johannesburg – during which she served as the Director of Field Hockey, the head coach of the schools' top field hockey team, and as a Sports Conditioning specialist.
"I am thrilled to have Roxy join our coaching staff. She is an elite athlete with outstanding playing and coaching experience as well as great energy," commented head coach Carol Knerr. "She will do a tremendous job supporting our athletes as they strive for excellence both on the field and in the classroom. She will make us better."
As the Director of Field Hockey, Coetzee-Turner was responsible for managing all aspects of the field hockey department, including 12 coaches across 14 teams and over 300 student-athletes, as well as designing the schools' field hockey curriculum and plan for development. Her sports conditioning responsibilities included developing and running the physical program for tennis, squash, basketball and field hockey student-athletes each year.
The head coach of St. Mary's top team since 2017, Coetzee-Turner previously acted as an assistant to the program under ex-South African National hockey coach Ros Howell for three seasons and has mentored multiple junior national players.
Holding a Level 2 coaching certificate from the South African Hockey Association, Coetzee-Turner also boasts head coaching experience with the Southern Gauteng Hockey Association's U18 team and is a staff member at Pietie Coetzee Hockey Clinics.
Coetzee-Turner earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Psychology from the University of Johannesburg in 2009 and holds a Master's degree in Sports Management from the University of Ulster, Belfast (2012). She also earned a diploma in Exercise Science from the Health and Fitness Professional Academy (HFPA) in 2013.
A decorated athlete, Coetzee-Turner was a member of the South African Women's National Hockey Team from 2008-2012, was a two-time captain and three-time member of the South African U21 Team and was the winner of the University of Johannesburg Sportswomen of the Year Award in 2008.
Outside of field hockey, Coetzee-Turner enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and competing in Triathlons - having qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2018.