Incoming 2018 freshman class features talents from California and Kentucky.
After spending two years as a graduate assistant coach at Central Michigan, Supica joins the UC Davis field hockey staff under head coach Britt Broady.
The Aggies will begin their run at the America East Conference Championship on Nov. 2 against No. 21 Albany at 1 p.m. (ET).
UC Davis will face No. 18 Stanford in its last regular season game this Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Aggies will travel locally to face California on Friday at 6 p.m. and Pacific on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Britt Broady, who brings 15 years of experience as a field hockey coach at the collegiate and international levels, will return to the turf for her second season as UC Davis' head coach in 2018.
"I am honored and excited to lead the field hockey program at UC Davis," said Broady. "I am thankful to Kevin, Katherine Zedonis and the search committee for their confidence in me to lead this group of remarkable student-athletes. Kevin's passion and vision for the future is inspiring, I will enjoy being a part of UC Davis Athletics’ continued development."
"I would also like to thank Louisville head coach Justine Sowry and Duke head coach Pam Bustin. I am grateful for their mentorship, and everything I learned from them, because it prepared me for this opportunity," she added.
"Britt’s experience as a coach for two nationally respected college teams and USA Field Hockey, combined with her vision for our program and background as an accomplished student-athlete in the Ivy League, are an ideal fit," said Blue. "We are confident that Britt will help UC Davis Field Hockey contribute to the momentum we are building in our athletics program and strengthen our reputation as one of the top public schools in the country."
Throughout her tenure at Louisville, where she recently completed her ninth season on staff, the Cardinals collected five conference titles and advanced to the NCAA’s postseason three times. Broady also played a vital role in the team’s recruiting efforts, camp organization and on-field skill development of its backs and goalkeepers.
Thanks to Broady’s tutelage, two Louisville goalkeepers earned NFHCA All-America accolades and Goalkeeper of the Year awards from conference officials.
During her five years at Duke, the Blue Devils advanced to the Final Four twice and competed for a national championship in 2013. In addition to numerous All-America, All-Region, and All-ACC awards bestowed to her student-athletes, the team’s defense ranked among the nation’s best thanks to Broady’s instruction.
"We are excited to have Britt become the next leader of our field hockey program," said Zedonis, UC Davis’ associate athletics director and SWA. "Her passion for the sport and commitment to success, both academically and athletically, are core values that align perfectly with those of our university."
Before her first stint with the Cardinals, Broady began her college coaching career at American University. In each of her two seasons, the Eagles won a Patriot League Tournament championship.
Broady, a USA Field Hockey Level III certified coach, has played an active role within the organization for nearly two decades. As a coach for the Under-21 Junior National Team, Team USA won a silver medal at 2016 Pan American Games and finished eighth at the 2016 Junior World Cup.
Before arriving to Davis, Broady served as the Regional Development Manager for the Futures program, and head coach for the Level 1 site in Louisville. As a coach for USA Field Hockey’s Olympic Development and High Performance programs, she has been an instrumental figure at Junior National Camp, National Futures, Regional Future and Junior High Performance tournaments.
As Dartmouth’s starting goalkeeper during all four seasons with the program, Broady received All-Ivy League acclaim, MVP honors and named a team captain. In addition to setting five program records that still stand today, she is responsible for top five all-time goalkeeping figures in another eight categories.
"I look forward to bringing my playing and coaching experiences, love for this sport and competitive enthusiasm to this team. These players are true scholar-athletes, I am excited to help everyone grow on and off the turf," said Broady.
In 2001, she graduated with degrees in brain & psychological sciences and biology.
Broady and her husband, former Louisville baseball student-athlete Jimmy, have two daughters.