As New Albany High School’s new field hockey coach, Marissa Weldon is ready to take a group of familiar girls to a level of success she knows well.

Weldon, who was on a state championship team in Pennsylvania and played two seasons at Columbia University, recently was hired to succeed Nikki Wimsatt.

“My goal is to take the program to the next level by building upon the strong foundation that Nikki had laid, and establish New Albany field hockey as a powerhouse in central Ohio and in the state," Weldon said. “I am tough but compassionate. I challenge my players to reach their full potential both mentally and physically.”

Weldon, who coached the New Albany Middle School team from 2013-15, was a member of the Kingston Wyoming Seminary team that won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state championship in 2001 and was state runner-up the next year.

Wimsatt resigned June 20 after going 31-20-2 in three seasons.

New Albany went 11-6 last year, losing to Bexley 4-0 in the second round of the district tournament.

Among the Eagles’ expected returnees are senior forward Emily Cook, who shared the team lead in goals last year with six, and senior goalkeeper Marie Tawfik. New Albany opens Aug. 23 at home against Worthington Kilbourne.

“We become successful as a team when we make a commitment to the sport and to each other,” Weldon said. “I am a believer in the values of discipline, hard work and teamwork. No team can accomplish their goals without those three values.”

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