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IU field hockey brings on new assistant coach for upcoming season

<p>IU field hockeys celebrates its 1-0 win against Michigan State on Oct. 5 at the IU Field Hockey Complex.</p>

IU field hockeys celebrates its 1-0 win against Michigan State on Oct. 5 at the IU Field Hockey Complex.

IU field hockey Head Coach Kayla Bashore announced Wednesday she is bringing on former IU field hockey athlete Dani Castro as the new assistant coach.

While at IU from 2005-2009, Castro had a successful career on and off the field. Castro was picked as an Academic All-American three times during her career and made the Dean’s List all four years of studying at IU.

In 2008, Castro was the captain of the team and was named to the All-Big Ten Tournament Team and Longstrength/NFHCA Division I West All-Region Team.

Castro returned to her home state of California after graduating to earn her Master’s degree in sports science at the University of the Pacific. Afterward Castro served as the head coach at Scripps Ranch High School and earned the title of 2018 CIF Coach of the Year.

Although having a successful high school coaching career, Castro said she is looking forward to returning to IU as a coach.

"I am beyond elated to join Kayla at Indiana,” Castro said in a press release. “I attribute all my great memories on the team to IU field hockey's ability to attract genuine, hardworking, fantastic young women; and I feel exceptionally humbled to be able to continue that tradition.”

The Hoosiers were 4-13 last season but are set to begin its next season under direction of a new coaching staff in the fall.

"I am so excited for Dani to join the coaching staff and be a part of the team again," Bashore said. "She has so many positive qualities that will not only complement the strengths of our group, but also boost team culture and ignite excitement during this new chapter in our team's program."

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