Bethlehem Press

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Omdahl resigns as Liberty coach

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s field hockey team has won five straight games and is one of the top teams in District 11, but the Hurricanes will have to finish out their season without head coach Mary Kate Omdahl.

Omdahl resigned from the team last week for personal reasons, as Liberty sits with a 10-1-2 record on the season.

Liberty athletic director Fred Harris said that the team will now be coached by the current staff of Tanya Hood, Maria Montanez and Karen Nielson.

“Coach Omdahl has resigned and we are moving forward,” Harris said. “We are finishing the season with our current staff in the interim. The team is having a very good season and our student-athletes are adjusting to the change very well. We will post and complete the hiring process once the season is over.”

The Hurricanes sit third in the District 11 4A standings and third in the East Penn Conference heading into this week with a four-game slate on the schedule, starting with a rivalry showdown with Freedom (3-8-1) on Monday.

The ‘Canes then have East Stroudsburg North (1-11) and Stroudsburg (9-3) this week before getting a really test on Saturday against top-ranked Emmaus (13-0).

Freedom has lost five of six games, as their hopes for a district berth still remain alive mathematically.

The Pates have Liberty, Whitehall (3-9) and Nazareth (9-4) this week.

Bethlehem Catholic (2-6-1) have lost three out of four games and take on Parkland (7-3), Nazareth, Dieruff (0-11) and Northampton (9-4) this week. Despite their record, the Hawks will be in the District 11 1A hunt for the postseason if they can muster up some wins.