A familiar face returns to College Park, this time as a member of the Maryland coaching staff. Former All-American Terrapin Dina Rizzo enters her first season as a volunteer assistant bringing with a her knowledge and first-hand experience of playing at the highest level of field hockey as a member of the United States National Team.
"It's refreshing having Dina back with the Terps," said head coach Missy Meharg. "Her natural energy and love for competition is contagious."
Rizzo's four seasons as a Terp was one of the most successful periods in the program's history. A member of the squad from 1998-2001, she helped Maryland to the 1999 NCAA Championship title as a sophomore. The Terps won four-straight ACC titles during her tenure, reaching the NCAA finals twice and the semifinals once.
A 2001 All-American, Rizzo was also an All-ACC selection that season and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament squad. She scored 25 goals and had 16 assists and 66 points over her career at Maryland, coming in second on the team in scoring as a senior with 14 tallies. Rizzo was also a three-time NFHCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region honoree.
Rizzo has an extensive list of credentials with the U.S. National Field Hockey program, dating back to 1997 when she became a member of the Under-18 squad. She has competed at every level of the U.S. program which has culminated in her role as a member of the full National Team for the last three years, competing at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand in the summer of 2004 and the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Hailing from Walpole, Mass., Rizzo was the first player from the state of Massachusetts to score more than 100-career points. The Boston Herald's Player if the Year out of Walpole High School as a senior, she was also a two-time first team high school All-American.