German standout joins UAlbany field hockey team
ALBANY — Pahila Arnold, who played on the German Under-16 national field hockey team, will be attending the University at Albany in the fall.
Arnold, a resident of Berlin, has also played for the Berlin Hockey Club, one of the top club teams in Germany. Berlin Hockey Club won two German championships while Arnold was on the roster.
One of seven children in a field hockey family, Arnold’s older brother, Pilt, earned a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics as part of the German national team.
Arnold is the third German player on the Great Danes’ roster, joining Maxi Primus and Paula Heuser.
“We are extremely excited to have Phalia joining us,” said UAlbany coach Phil Sykes. “She is a very skillful player who will add a lot to our forward line. In watching Pahila play, you can really see the joy she has for the game.”
ALBANY — Former Great Danes center Blake Metcalf has been added to the University at Albany men’s basketball coaching staff, according to head coach Will Brown.
Metcalf will be the team’s video coordinator.
Metcalf returns to UAlbany after serving as an assistant coach under Brian Beaury at The College of Saint Rose for one year. At Saint Rose, Metcalf was involved in all aspects of the program, including player development, scouting, video exchange and strength and conditioning.
Metcalf was a three-time captain for the Danes and appeared in a program-record 133 games from 2009-13. The Great Danes won 66 games in Metcalf’s career, including an all-time high 24 contests during his senior season. He graduated as the programs’s leader in Division I offensive rebounds (227) and ranks second in career rebounds with 598.
“It feels great to be back where I played for four years,” said Metcalf. “UAlbany has always been a second home to me, and I’m looking forward to coming back to be part of the staff.”
Saints add assistant
LOUDONVILLE — Sunny Vadopalaite, who spent the last four years as an assistant coach at Lamar University, has been named an assistant in the women’s basketball program at Siena.
The Lithuania native joins Stephanie McCormick and the recently hired Bridgette Mitchel and Christina Richardson on head coach Ali Jaques’ staff.
Vadopalaite spent the past two seasons as Lamar’s recruiting coordinator. During her four years at Lamar, the Lady Cardinals posted an 81-47 record, with a 46-22 mark in the Southland Conference.
Vadopalaite played collegiately at Long Island University from 2002-04 and at Division II Felecian College in New Jersey (2004-06).
“Sunny is a great addition to our staff,” said Jaques. “We are excited about her international background and proven ability to recruit European prospects.”