OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University field hockey head coach Iñako Puzo announced the return of a familiar face on Monday as he hired Sarah Mueller as a new assistant coach. Mueller just completed a four-year career in which she became the most honored goalkeeper in Miami history.
“We are excited to count Sarah as part of the staff for the incoming season,” said Puzo. “Her career as student athlete at Miami was outstanding. Sarah is an example of a great citizen, both on and off the field.”
Mueller was a three-time All-MAC and Academic All-MAC selection, a CoSIDA Academic All-District at-large selection, a NFHCA Scholar of Distinction (for having a GPA above 3.90), as well as a two-time NFHCA All-Region selection. She appeared in 83 games for the RedHawks the past four seasons, finishing with a .731 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average. She made 440 saves during her career and ranks tied for third in Miami history with 13 career shutouts.
Not only did Mueller lead the RedHawks on the field, but she was also a leader on the campus. As president of the International Student Organization, she led it to the Miami University Organization of the Year award in 2014. She also was responsible for beginning an international student-athlete organization at Miami as well.
“I appreciate that she decided to be part of the field hockey staff and help us with the development of our student-athletes in all aspects of their experience here, including in the classroom, on the field and in the communities of both Miami and Oxford,” said Puzo. After her graduation with honors, Sarah had many options, but she decided to stay at Miami to give back to the program.”
"I am very thankful for this unique opportunity given to me by Iñako and the Athletic Department,” said Mueller. “I could not be happier as it provides me with a chance to continue to be actively involved with the team and with my alma mater. What I am hoping to add to this amazing staff is my four-year experience as a student-athlete here at Miami University. Being on the other side of the coin now, it helps me understand the dynamics, great preparation and hard work put in by the coaches so that we can have a successful season. It also gives me a chance to represent the team to the coaches on a whole different level. I am hoping to transmit my passion for field hockey by inspiring our players in a way that provides them with the best resources possible to have as good of a Miami experience as I was able to have here.”
“Sarah brings excellence to anything she does,” added Puzo. “I am looking forward to witnessing her impact on our student athletes. It feels good to know that we have in our office a young woman who is a great ambassador of Miami University, its athletic department and its field hockey program.”
The 2014 Miami field hockey season begins on August 30 when the RedHawks travel to Columbus to take on Syracuse in a neutral-site game.