Brandi Kist joins the department of athletics as the first head field hockey coach in Queens history.
Kist comes to the Royals after serving as head coach of the Appalachian State University field hockey program. After holding the assistant coach position in the fall of 2005, she was promoted to the role of head coach which she held for eight seasons.
Before joining the Mountaineers, Kist spent time as a volunteer goalie coach at St. Louis University during the spring of 2005. She also was a graduate assistant coach at Lindenwood University from 2003-2005. Additionally, Kist has worked with the University of Pennsylvania and Ursinus College teams.
Kist also has United States Field Hockey coaching experience having been an assistant coach for the South Region High Performance Team during the 2009, 2010, and 2011 summers. She has also served as a coach and selector for the USFHA Futures Program, and has USFHA Level 2 Coaching accreditation.
Prior to becoming a coach, Kist was a field hockey player at the University of Pennsylvania from 1999-2002. Following her junior season Kist was named Most Improved Player after starting in every game, and she went on to earn team captain honors her senior season.
Kist was also a member of the US Field Hockey High Performance Program, and played in the New South Wales Metro League Women’s Division in Australia.
Kist holds a degree in classical studies with a concentration in civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has a master’s degree in sport management from Lindenwood.
Street joins the Royals after helping start the field hockey program at Alderson Broaddus University.
"I am very excited to welcome Bridgette to Queens," said Kist. "Her knowledge on the defensive end of the field and goalkeeping expertise will be of great value. Having known Coach Street through her playing and coaching careers she brings great energy and enthusiasm for our sport. She shares our values of not just developing high-quality athletes and competitors but developing great students and people with a team and community first mentality."
Prior to joining the Battlers, Street spent three seasons as the assistant field hockey coach at NCAA Division III Muhlenberg College. During the 2016 season, Muhlenberg won the ECAC Championships and went 18-3 on the year and 9-1 in league play. The team also touted the Centennial Conference Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the South Region Player of the Year in 2016.
"I am thrilled to join the Royals family and be able to contribute to this incredible, growing program," Street stated. "Having watched this program grow since its inception, I cannot express how excited I am to be able to work with this amazing group of hockey players. I would like to thank Coach Kist, Cherie Swarthout, Melissa Barrett, and all of the staff at Queens for welcoming me to this incredible school. Go Royals!"
Street also spent time as a head coach with True North Field Hockey Club from 2015-2017 and is in her fifth season as an assistant coach with the US Field Hockey Futures Program. Additionally, she coached the NCAA Division II All-Star Senior Game in Louisville, Ky.
Street received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Appalachian State University in 2012 and went on to earn her master's degree in political science in 2014. She also completed her playing career as a Mountaineer earning team captain honors in both 2010 and 2011. The goalkeeper currently ranks sixth in single-season saves after totaling 224 in 2009 at App State. Her career save percentage is eighth best at .738, and she ranks third in total career saves with 603. In 2010, She was named to the Press-Enterprise All-Decade Field Hockey Team for the Midd-East Conference. She was also a State Games of America participant earning a silver medal in 2009 and participated in the USA Field Hockey High-Performance Program during her collegiate career.