Cara Reese is entering her fourth season as head coach of the Wheaton field hockey program in 2016. Reese, who is the seventh head coach in the history of the program, joined the Wheaton staff after seven years at Vassar College including a four-year stint as head coach.
Last year, the Lyons went 5-0 to begin the season, the best start under Reese where Wheaton notched two shut out wins during that time.
Reese guided the Lyons to their first double-digit win season since 2011 last fall as the Blue and White finished their 2014 campaign with a 10-8 record overall. Along with success on the field, Wheaton produced in the classroom as well tying the single-season program record for New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference selections with four total.
During her time at Vassar, Reese increased the team’s win total every season from 2009–11, culminating in the Brewers’ most successful campaign in a decade with a 7–9 mark overall. Under Reese’s leadership two years ago, 13 student-athletes were named to the NFHCA All-Academic Squad. In 2011, the Brewers tied Wesleyan University for the highest GPA among all NCAA Division III programs.
Reese has continued to see her teams achieve academic success at Wheaton this past fall as the Lyons garnered an NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Team award, saw 10 student-athletes named to the named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad and one student-athlete garner Scholars of Distinction accolades.
Reese is a 2006 graduate of Salve Regina University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Reese was a two-sport athlete at Salve Regina, earning three Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) All-Conference second-team selections in lacrosse and two in field hockey. Reese also served as a captain for the field hockey program during her senior year and was president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) from 2003–06.
After graduating from Salve Regina, Reese served as an assistant coach for both Vassar’s field hockey team (2006–08) and their women’s lacrosse program (2006–10). During her tenure, Reese also managed several noncoaching duties, acting as an admissions liaison, the director of Student-Athlete Support Services, and a member of the Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention (SAVP) committee.
Reese is an NCAA Women Coaches Academy graduate, and has served on the National Coach of the Year and North Atlantic Regional Ranking committees.
Kayla Littig begins her third season as an assistant coach with the field hockey program in 2016-17. Littig spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at nearby Bridgewater State University (BSU) before joining the Lyons' staff this season. During her time as an assistant coach at BSU, the Bears posted a 34-10 (.773) record, captured one conference championship and qualified for two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournaments.
As a student-athlete, Littig was an outstanding defender at then-Division II UMass Lowell from 2008 to 2011 as she helped the Riverhawks advance to the National Championship game in each of her four seasons including a national title in 2010.
Littig, who earned a bachelor's of science degree in management and marketing from UMass Lowell, totaled 15 goals and four assists for 34 points and also compiled five defensive saves over her four-year playing career. In 2011, Littig was named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II North Region Player of the Year as well as the Northeast-10 (NE-10) Defensive Player of the Year. Littig was also selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team for leading the River Hawks to their sixth Finals appearance in seven seasons.
In addition to those accolades, Littig was named to the NE-10 All-Conference team twice, earned NE-10 Conference Champion Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors in 2011 and was named to the All-American first team during the same year. As a team during her four-year career, UMass Lowell went 81-15 (.844) which included a program best 24-0 mark in 2010.
Littig, who hails from Carver, Massachusetts, was a two-sport athlete at Carver High School competing on both the field hockey and track and field teams. She finished her high school field hockey career with 83 goals and 52 assists and was a Carver Reporter All-Star and three-time South Shore League All-Star. Littig was also an All-State track star and earned Boston Globe All-Scholastic honors in both field hockey and track.
Murphy McCann begins her second season as an assistant field hockey coach in 2016-17.
Abigail Tepper starts her first season as an assistant field hockey coach in 2016-17.
Tierney Richardson '12 starts her first season as an assistant field hockey coach in 2016-17.