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Emily Dinsmore
Emily Dinsmore had been an assistant with Appalachian State for the past six seasons before being named head coach this season, and now earns co-coach of the year honors for the Mid-American Conference.
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Dinsmore Ups With App State Field Hockey

On the heels of leading App State to its first Mid-American Conference championship, field hockey head coach Emily Dinsmore has signed a contract extension that runs through the 2027 season, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Friday. The extension was approved by Chancellor Sheri Everts and the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.

“We are extremely excited about the trajectory of App State Field Hockey under Emily’s direction,” Gillin said. “Leading the team to a conference championship and being named MAC Coach of the Year in her first year as a head coach is a tremendous accomplishment. We look forward to supporting our field hockey student-athletes’ continued pursuit of excellence academically, socially and competitively.”

In her first season as head coach following a six-year stint as an assistant coach, Dinsmore led the Mountaineers to a MAC regular-season title for the first time and a program record-tying 14 wins on her way to MAC Co-Coach of the Year honors. App State also took down No. 8 Louisville on the road for the program’s first win over a top-10 opponent.

“It is such a blessing to be the head coach of this incredible program,” Dinsmore said. “Thank you to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Everts, Doug Gillin and Erika Cheung for continuing to believe in me, our staff and our student-athletes. As a program we want to continue to build on the success from this season and we are looking forward to competing for a MAC Championship in the fall. There is something special happening here on the mountain and I’m excited for the years to come.”

Dinsmore’s squad went 6-1 in the MAC for their best conference record since joining the league in 2017. They closed the regular season on a nine-game winning streak, the third-longest streak in program history.

Five Mountaineers earned All-MAC honors in 2023, led by Addie Clark being named MAC Goalkeeper of the Year and a first-team selection. Lise Boekaar also earned first-team honors, while Charlotte Bosma, Grace Ball and Sophia Baxter were named to the second team. Florine Koopman and Baxter made the All-MAC Freshman team.

In the classroom, the field hockey team boasts a 3.49 cumulative GPA. App State had 11 student-athletes named to the 2023 NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad (3.5+ GPA during fall semester) and three earn NFHCA Division I Scholar of Distinction accolades (3.9+ GPA during fall semester). Also in the fall, there were four field hockey student-athletes named to the Chancellor’s List and 13 who made the Dean’s List.