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Saint Francis Names Betta Ceretta as Head Field Hockey Coach

Release: 04/13/2017
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

Loretto, Pa. - Saint Francis University Director of Athletics Susan Robinson-Fruchtl has named Betta Ceretta as the next head field hockey coach, the athletic department announced on Thursday. Ceretta becomes the fourth coach in program history, replacing Stacey Bean, who led the Red Flash from 2008-16.

"We are thrilled to welcome Betta to the Red Flash Family!  We think she is a great fit for Saint Francis and we look forward to having her build on the success of our field hockey program," said Robinson-Fruchtl. "Her playing and coaching experience with the Uruguay National Team was something that stood out to us as was the time she spent coaching in eastern PA where field hockey is a priority sport. Her ability to build quality relationships and mentor and teach our student-athletes are characteristics that are important to us at Saint Francis.  While Betta is a humble person, she is hungry to take our program to the next level.  These are all qualities that we value here at Saint Francis and we look forward to the bright future of our field hockey program under Betta's leadership."
Ceretta most recently served as an assistant at Brown University this fall, guiding the Bears to an 8-9 record.
She takes over a Saint Francis team that finished 11-9 last season and 4-4 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Red Flash lost to Saint Joseph's 2-1 in the Atlantic 10 Semifinals and return two of its top three scorers in 2017 in Brea Seabrook (Wilkes Barre, Pa./GAR Memorial) and Hannah Retherford (Benton, Pa./Benton). 
"I would like to thank Susan and the search committee for this exciting opportunity and I am eager to connect with the team prior to their departure from campus this summer," said Ceretta. "I see the potential in this program and can't wait to get to work with this group of young women. I look forward to getting to know the staff and faculty at Saint Francis in the upcoming weeks on my return to Loretto."

Before her time at Brown, Caretta spent the 2015 season at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown, Pa., as an assistant and goalkeeper coach. At the same time, Ceretta also coached the Mystx Field Hockey Club (2014-2016). With the Mystx, Ceretta molded the squad into a top-10 team in the United States in 2014 and 2015. She also helped select and coach U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19 teams at a variety of USA field hockey tournaments.

From 2013 through the 2014 season, Ceretta was an assistant and goalkeeper coach for the varsity and junior varsity teams at Merion Mercy Academy in Merion Station, Pa. Ceretta also coached the WC Eagles during that same period.

Internationally, Ceretta was the head coach of the Uruguayan Women's National Team from January 2009 to May 2011. With the national team, Ceretta selected and coached the group for the South American Championship (2010), where the squad earned a bronze medal. She also managed the U14, U16 and U21 Uruguay National programs, which included responsibilities with camps, clinics and international competition. Ceretta also developed goalkeeping clinics for national goalies of all ages for the first time in Uruguay. In 2007-2008, Ceretta was the head coach of the Uruguayan Field Hockey U14 and U16 National Teams. Following her time as the national coach, Ceretta was awarded the Best Field Hockey Coach in Uruguay (2012).

Ceretta's coaching career began as the head coach at The British Schools in Montevideo, Uruguay  (2003-2012). There, she coached U14, U16 and U18 teams and guided them to Uruguayan National Championship victories (2004-2012). Her duties included managing the entire field hockey school program, camps, clinics and official games from U7 to U18. She also monitored and assigned teams to 10 coaches in the program and oversaw the academic performance of student-athletes in addition to athletic progress.

Competitively, Ceretta was an international player for 15 years representing the Uruguayan National Team, winning a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in 2003. She also competed in first division club field hockey for teams in Uruguay, Argentina and Spain.

Ceretta graduated from the Universidad de Montevideo in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2005. She holds a USA Field Hockey Level II certification and was a certified Pan American coach (Canada 2015).

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