Worcester, Mass. – Callie Lekas, an assistant coach at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Wellesley College, has been named head field hockey coach at Clark University it was announced on Monday by Director of Athletics and Recreation Trish Cronin.
Lekas, who takes over for longtime head coach Linda Wage, becomes just the fourth coach in the 39-year history of the program and first in 32 seasons.
"Callie stood out amongst a stellar group of candidates," said Cronin. "Her poise, enthusiasm and knowledge of the game makes her the ideal individual to lead our program."
Lekas has spent the last four seasons as the top assistant with the Blue, helping guide them to three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Along the way Wellesley has also had tremendous success in the NEWMAC, having gone 29-3 against league foes, including a 22-game regular season conference winning streak that spanned parts of four seasons.
Wellesley also won a pair of NEWMAC regular season Championships (2013, 2014) and set a program record for wins in a single season (19) in 2014 with Lekas on the sidelines.
"I am so excited to become a member of the Clark Athletic Department," said Lekas. "I believe strongly in the mission of the University and I am looking forward to fostering an environment where the field hockey student-athletes can develop as leaders, women and students."
In addition to her four-year stretch with Wellesley, Lekas spent one year as an assistant at Amherst College in 2011 helping lead the Lord Jeffs to a 15-4 mark and the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
Lekas was a standout student-athlete with the Blue, earning First-Team All-NEWMAC honors on three occasions (2007, 2008, 2009) as well as First-Team All-Region accolades from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (2007, 2008, 2009).
During her four years, she helped lead Wellesley to 53 wins, a trip to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and two other berths in the NEWMAC Championship game (2007, 2008).
Lekas appeared in all 78 games of her career, finishing with 57 goals and 22 assists, good for 136 career points. One of her signature moments came in the 2007 NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals when she scored the game-winning goal in overtime, lifting the Blue to a 1-0 win over Wheaton and spot in the league title game.
Along with her coaching and playing exploits, Lekas brings with her extensive athletics administration experience, having served as a physical education teacher at Wellesley as well as the recreation coordinator and as a member of the college's Student-Athlete Leadership Academy.
She also volunteered at the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in 2012 at the University of Rhode Island and spent time as a community relations intern with the Baltimore Orioles.
A 2010 graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in psychology, Lekas earned her master's degree in sports management from the Issenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2012.
She is expected to begin her duties on August 1.