|Previous College:||Salve Regina University, '06|
Cara Reese begins her second season as head coach of the Wheaton field hockey program in 2014. 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.
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.
Laura Madaio begins her first season as an assistant coach for the Wheaton College field hockey program in 2013.
Madaio joins the staff after a standout, four-year career as a two-sport student-athlete at Western New England University. A four-year starter for the Golden Bears field hockey program, Madaio played in 74 games (69 starts) as a defender, while serving as a tri-captain of the squad during her senior season. Madaio collected nine points (four goals, one assist) and notched 14 defensive saves from the backline throughout her four-year career.
As a member of the softball program, Madaio played in 110 games making 82 starts as an outfielder. Madaio was named a co-captain of the team in her senior season.
Madaio also earned several academic honors in her time at Western New England including two National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) Division III Scholar All-American awards, a pair of Commonwealth Coast Conference Academic Team (TCCC) accolades and three selections to the NFCHA Academic squad. Her academic efforts culminated with an induction into the Western New England Chi Alpha Sigma National Scholar-Athlete Honor Society.
At Notre Dame Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts, Madaio aided her team to four Central Mass. Conference Championships, two District Championships and an appearance in the 2008 state championship game. Madaio garnered several Central Mass. All-Conference selections in both field hockey and softball.
Madaio graduated Cum Laude from Western New England University with a bachelor’s of science in business management with a concentration in sport management and a minor in athletic coaching in May, 2013. A Presidential Scholar and member of the both the President’s List and Dean’s List, Madaio is currently an account executive for the Pawtucket Red Sox in addition to her coaching duties.