Head coach Missy Meharg and the Maryland field hockey announced the hiring of Terrapin great Katie [O'Donnell] Bam to the staff in January 2017 The two-time Olympian and four-time NFHCA All-American will serve as an assistant coach.
“Katie's deep-rooted passion and commitment to the game make her a natural teacher and players' coach,” Meharg said. “Her progressive and current hockey knowledge coupled with being one of international hockey's most potent attackers will be an immediate asset to our young, talented and fearless Terps. For the student-athlete that aspires to compete for their country or take a professional playing track between NCAA and career and family will have a mentor of such valuable experience. Once a Terp, always a Terp. Welcome home, Katie."
In her first year back in College Park, Bam helped lead the Terrapins to a remarkable run to the NCAA Championship game. After starting the year 6-5, the Terps won seven straight games, including four straight over top 25 teams, and 10 of 11 games to be one of the last two teams standing. They won at No. 2 Duke, to go to the Final Four, then beat No. 3 Michigan, 5-1 in the Semifinals, before falling to No. 1 Connecticut. The Maryland coaching staff was named NFHCA Mid Atlantic Region Staff of the Year.
Bam played for the Terrapins from 2007 through 2010, leading them to the 2008 and 2010 NCAA championships, as well as three ACC titles. A four-time NFHCA All-American, Bam was named ACC Player of the Year all four years of her career, and won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top player twice.
"Coming back to Maryland feels so right,” Bam said. “I have so many great memories of my time as a Terp. Everyone at Maryland helped me reach the highest levels in the game and I can't wait to help the Terps achieve their best."
Bam holds Maryland career records of 99 goals, 306 points and 108 assists. Her 32 goals, 34 assists for 98 points in her senior season are program records as well.
In 2010, she was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Woman's Sports Foundation, an award previously won by Mia Hamm and Venus and Serena Williams.
"We are all thrilled to welcome back Katie Bam," director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. "Katie represents the best of the University of Maryland. As a student-athlete, Katie possessed a strong work ethic and was a natural leader. She has competed and been successful at the highest level and will be an outstanding addition to both our field hockey program and athletics department. Katie's past experiences will be very advantageous for our student-athletes as they work to achieve their academic and athletic goals."
She was the youngest player ever named to the U.S. Senior National Team at the age of 16 and earned over 200 caps in her career. Bam competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, helping Team USA to a fifth-place finish in Rio. She also helped Team USA to a fourth-place finish in the World Cup in 2014.
She helped lead Team USA to gold in the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games, the 2014 Champions Challenge in Scotland and the 2013 World League Round 2 Tournament in Brazil.
Bam started her coaching career at Maryland in 2012 as a student assistant coach. She helped the Terrapins to a record of 18-6 and the NCAA Final Four. As an assistant coach at Harvard, the helped lead the Crimson to the 2017 Ivy League title.
Bam earned her bachelor's degree in family science in 2013. Her husband, Marvin, is an assistant coach at Maryland.