ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine women’s soccer team, which will begin practice next week, has completed its coaching staff with the hiring of Katlin Okamoto as top assistant coach.
“She has an extensive background. She’s a good fit for our program and I think we’re a good fit for her,” said Atherley. “She is very organized and personable and those are two qualities you need to have in place as an assistant. It will make her very effective in her role.
“She strikes me as someone who is able to think on her feet. It will take her some time to get to know the school and our program but she’s very bright. She is also someone who strikes me as being very loyal and she is really passionate about the profession,” added Atherley.
Okamoto is replacing Linda (Consolante) Hathorn, who left to become the head women’s coach at Iona (N.Y.).
Okamoto, a native of Taos, N.M., and a former captain and four-year standout at Division I Colorado College, comes to Maine from Amherst College where she was an assistant and helped lead Amherst to a 33-3-2 record and NCAA Division III Tournament berths in each of her two seasons.
Okamoto previously had coached at Smith College and was a teaching fellow, which refers to a graduate student who is the primary instructor of an undergraduate course.
She also has coached club teams and been a volunteer assistant at Colorado College.
As a student-athlete at Colorado College, she earned the Laura Golden Award, given to the school’s top female senior student-athlete. She helped lead the school to an NCAA Tournament berth her senior year.
Maine is coming off a 7-7-3 season (3-3-2 in America East). The Black Bears lost to Stony Brook 2-1 in the conference semifinals.
Maine opens on Aug. 23 against Holy Cross in Portland.