Natalie Holder – Associate Head Coach – Field Hockey Coaches


Natalie (Barrett) Holder is entering her ninth season with the Monarch field hockey program in 2021, having joined the ODU coaching staff in March 2013. Since March 2019, she has been an Associate Head Coach.

The Monarchs finished the 2021 spring season with a 9-5 record, going 8-3 in the BIG EAST, reached a second straight BIG EAST Tournament final, and finished the season ranked 16th in the nation. Under Holder’s watchful eye, Marlon de Bruijne received second-team National honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association after leading all Division I freshmen in goals (15) and points. (32). Far from being the only new face in the Monarchs’ starting lineup, de Bruijne was one of five newcomers who were immediately and successfully integrated into the squad, including the unanimous first-team All-Star winner. BIG EAST Delphine Le Jeune and second team All-BIG EAST Rina. Tsioles. Holder helped guide ODU to a pair of victories over State and BIG EAST rival Liberty. The first, a 2-1 win at home over the No. 4 Flames, gave the Monarchs their first top-five win since 2015. The second, another 2-1 result, propelled ODU past the No. 6 Liberty and in the Conference Tournament Finals. .

ODU posted an 11-7 record and finished the season ranked 17th in the nation in 2019. The Monarchs had three ranked wins during the year, all away from home, including beating foe Big East Liberty twice, once in the regular season when the Flames were ranked No. 15 and once in the Big East Championships when the Flames were ranked No. 19. Early in the season, the Monarchs beat No. 17 from Penn State. After missing the Big East Tournament in 2018, Holder helped lead the Monarchs to a 6-1 conference record and the Big East Championship final game, where they fell to No. 3 Connecticut. Rebecca Birch was named a third team All-American, while she and Erin Huffman were named first and second team All-State and first and second team All-Region, respectively. ODU also had five monarchs named All-Big East, as Birch and Huffman were named to the first team, while Marlee McClendon, Cam MacGillivray and Nicole Fredricks all earned their first all-conference honor with their All-Big East selections. BIG EAST Second Team.

In 2018, the Monarchs posted a 10-7 record and were ranked 11th in the nation. ODU has three wins over ranked opponents, including a signature victory over No. 8 Virginia in overtime on the road. For the season, ODU outscored its opponents, 40-27, and posted five shutouts. Individually, Erin Huffman and Rebecca Birch were both named First Team All-Big East. Huffman also earned First Team All-NFHCA South Region honors, while Birch was named Second Team All-Region.

In 2017, his second season at ODU, Holder helped guide the Monarchs to an 8-10 record. ODU played one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2017, facing eight top-25 opponents, including four top-five opponents. The Monarchs qualified for the Big East Tournament, but fell in the first round to Liberty. Two ODU players in Danielle Grega and Erin Huffman earned NFHCA All Region honors, while three players in Grega, Huffman and Julia Van Dorsten landed on the All-Big East team.

In 2016, ODU finished the 2016 season with a 7-10 record and a 3-4 mark in BIG EAST action. The Monarchs have eliminated a number of nationally ranked opponents throughout the season, including their 3-2 OT victory over eventual NCAA champion Delaware on Sept. 2 as well as a 2-1 OT victory on the time. 14 Liberty on September 30. Holder helped guide several monarchs to individual accolades during the 2016 season, as senior Meg Byas and junior Danielle Grega earned first-team All-BIG EAST honors, and Chrissy Horn was named to the second team All-BIG EAST. .

In 2015, the Monarchs finished with a 9-10 overall record, but beat five nationally ranked teams during the season. ODU eliminated No. 7 Penn State, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 8 Wake Forest, No. 19 James Madison and No. 5 UVA.

During her second season as an assistant coach with Old Dominion in 2014, Holder helped the Monarchs finish the season with an 11-8 overall record and a 4-1 league mark, ending the regular season ranked 18th in the NFHCA Coaches Poll.

In his first season as an assistant coach with Old Dominion in 2013, Holder helped ODU win their first BIG EAST regular season title. During the 2013 season, ODU won 12 consecutive games (the longest since 2011) en route to an NCAA berth and a fourth straight NCAA appearance.

She was previously an assistant at Syracuse. In two seasons, she helped guide the Orange to a combined 38-7 record, including an 11-1 mark in the BIG EAST game, a BIG EAST regular season title (2012), a BIG tournament title EAST (2011), two NCAA Tournament appearances and a Final Four (2012).

Holder came to Syracuse after her first season as an assistant coach at Christopher Newport University, where she helped lead the captains to the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Holder received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University in 2009 and went on to Kent State to receive her Master of Arts in Exercise/Recreation and Sport in 2010. She started 47 of the 60 games she appeared in at Kent State, scoring 17 goals and eight assists at Kent State. As captain in his senior season in 2008, Holder led the Golden Flashes to regular season and MAC Conference tournament titles.

The holder holds a USA Field Hockey Level II certification. It is also a site for US Field Hockey Tier 1 Futures. Director and national coach of the future U16/U19.

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, she was a member of the Scotland U16 and U18 national teams before joining Kent State.

Holder is married to Ian and the two have a daughter, Luna, who has become the team’s little mascot.


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