POUGHKEEPSIE – Vassar College has selected Mr. Michael Warari as its next Head Field Hockey Coach, as announced by Director of Athletics and Physical Education Dr. Sharon Beverly on Wednesday. Warari becomes the eighth head coach of the program since Vassar began play in Division III back in 1980.
"Coach Michael Warari and his national level coaching experience are the right combination to jettison our program forward," said Beverly.
Warari joins the Brewer athletics staff after serving one year at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, as an assistant coach under Caitlin Williams.
Before joining the Dickinson staff, Warari was an assistant at Division III powerhouse Messiah College in Grantham, PA, from 2008-2011 under legendary coach Jan Trapp, the all-time wins leader in Division III.
Warari served a term as director of Key State Field Hockey, while also leading the Harrisburg site of the USAFH Futures Hockey program. Warari has attained his USAFH Level 1 Futures Coaching Certification, and his USAFH Level 2 High Performance Coaching Accreditation and Certification. Before his coaching career, Warari started for the Kenyan Junior National Field Hockey Team and was voted MVP for the Aga Khan Club Field Hockey Tournament in 1996. He then transitioned from field hockey to track, where he starred for the Cornerstone University track and field team from 1999-2002.
"I am very excited to be on campus and work with the women on the field hockey program," said Warari. "I hope to continue building on the program’s growing success, while making it competitive in the conference. Above all, I want to build a team that represents a strong sense of community, care and discipline on and off the field."
A 2002 graduate of Cornerstone with a degree in religion and business administration, Warari also earned his masters of divinity from Cornerstone in 2006.