RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College Head Field Hockey Coach Emily Girasole announced the hiring of Malia Fujisawa as the program's assistant coach on Wednesday.
"I am thrilled to have Malia Fujisawa on my staff," Girasole said. "She has great experience and knowledge as a player from Indiana University, and I am excited for this upcoming season and her contribution to our successes!"
Fujisawa comes to Earlham from Bloomington where she worked as a family support specialist and health coach at Centerstone, one of the nation's largest non-for-profit providers of community-based behavior health care.
"I am extremely grateful for this huge opportunity to represent Earlham field hockey and to coach others in a sport that I'm incredibly passionate about," Fujisawa said. "I'm excited to coach alongside Emily [Girasole] to achieve the goals of Earlham field hockey."
Before Centerstone, Fujisawa was a four-year member of the field hockey team at Indiana University (IU). A two-year starter, she assisted on two Hoosier goals as a senior while also graduating with the third-most defensive saves (nine) in IU history. Fujisawa was twice named to the ZAG Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad while also garnering the Academic All Big 10 Award three times.
Within IU's athletics department, Fujisawa was involved in many leadership positions to enhance the student-athlete lifestyle and conference concerns. As a senior, she was awarded the Anita Aldrich Leadership Award that recognizes one female student-athlete who exemplifies leadership, scholastic achievement, and athletic ability. In addition, Fujiasawa was a recipient of the NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship which she intends to apply towards a graduate degree in sports psychology.
Earlham opens its 2017 season against Wittenberg University at Darrell Beane Stadium on Sept. 6.