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Four New First Team Coaches Join the Sports Lineup

  • First Boys’ Baseball — Tyler Wosleger
  • First Boys’ Tennis — Nick Cary
  • First Girls’ Field Hockey — Kelcie Finn ’14
  • First Girls’ Lacrosse — Emily Poelma
 
Nick Cary
Cary, who also teaches history and is a corridor supervisor in Memorial Hall, has experience coaching at both the high school and collegiate level serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Tufts University.
 
In his time at Tufts, the men’s team rose in the national rankings each year with the program finishing the 2018-2019 campaign ranked inside the top 20. Even more notable was that Cary got to work with the top-ranked individual player in all of Division III, the first time that has happened in Tufts men’s program history.
 
Cary has also previously coached in the independent school world. He worked at Belmont Hill School, his alma mater, with the boys’ varsity team in the spring of 2019. From 2016-2017, he helped coach varsity tennis at Culver Academies. Both programs enjoyed strong postseason runs and have sent players to solid Division III programs.
 
Going back to his playing days, which was also at Tufts, he was able to walk-on to the team as a transfer-sophomore, and was competing in both singles and doubles by the time he finished his senior spring in 2016. He’s most proud that he served as one of the team captains during the 2016 season where the Tufts team finished in the top 13 nationwide, the highest the program had been in a decade. He brings that experience to Westminster.
 
“I am most excited to see how the team competes in a match atmosphere, something I know both players and coaches are energized to witness for the first time in a while,” he said. “Regardless of final wins and losses, I am eager to help set the tone for what I want the program to be in the long run. We have great athletes across the board and some particular underclassmen talent, which I hope can launch Westminster tennis into the upper-tier of Founders League play.”
 
 
Kelcie Finn ’14
Finn returned to Westminster to join the faculty in the fall of 2018. Before returning to Williams Hill, she was a standout field hockey player at Trinity College. During her time at Trinity, she was captain of the team, earning recognition as the 2016 and 2017 NESCAC and NFHCA Division III National Player of the Year and a NFCHA All-American First Team selection in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Since arriving back to campus, Finn has served as an Associate Director of Admissions.
 
“Westminster is a special place to me and the field hockey program, in particular, is as well. After my incredible experience with the team as a player, I am looking forward to building off the program’s past success and working to lead this team to new heights,” said Finn, who lives on campus in Kelter House.
 
 
Emily Poelma
Poelma, who is also an Associate Director of Admissions, received a bachelor’s degree in health administration at James Madison University (JMU), where she also served as captain for the women’s lacrosse team. While at JMU, she earned VaSID (Virginia Sports Information Director’s) All-State Honors and the JMU Athletics Department’s Unsung Hero award along with other team honors. She went on to earn an MBA at Jacksonville University with a concentration in marketing while competing on the women’s lacrosse team and serving as a team captain for the Dolphins.
 
Before Westminster, Poelma spent two years as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Sacred Heart University, where she worked with both the offensive and defensive units and specialized in coaching the goalkeepers. Poelma also serves as a head coach for the CT Grizzlies lacrosse club. She lives on campus in an apartment behind Gund House and is on duty for Gund.
 
“I hope to build upon this program’s established success this season,” she said. “We have a unique opportunity to focus on ourselves and who we want to be as a team while getting to play other teams this year. I am looking forward to building upon the team’s strong sense of family and culture and translate that to success on the field.”
 
 
Tyler Wosleger
Wosleger was a three-year starter on the baseball team at Fairfield University, a Division 1 school in the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) conference. As co-captain in 2012, he hit .301 to help Fairfield to the then-record of most wins in school history. He played two summers in the NCAA-sanctioned Northwoods League and was named Northwoods League Gold Glove Winner at first base in 2011 and a top-50 Position Player in the league.

Before playing at Fairfield, Wosleger was an All-State selection at East Hampton High School, where he helped the Bellringers to a Shoreline Conference Championship as a senior captain. He was named the Shoreline Conference Player of the Year in 2008, as well as earning All-State, All-Conference, All-Area, CHSCA Senior All-Star, New Haven Register All-State and Scholar-Athlete accolades.
 
Before joining Westminster, he was the coach at Hotchkiss for seven years (five as head coach) and his players went on to schools such as Columbia, Army, Tufts, Trinity, Middlebury, Williams and the University of Chicago. He coached the 2019 NESCAC Pitcher of the Year at Tufts. 
 
Wosleger is also Associate Director of Communications and lives with his wife, Kelly, who serves as a Westminster math teacher, First Girls’ Soccer coach and assistant director of athletics and their two labs, Yogi and Hank, in Kelter House.
 
“This is an important year for our program as we look to change the culture,” he said. “We are setting the tone for years to come through the way we practice and represent the baseball program. We have several new players we are excited about integrating with our returners. 
It’s been a long layoff for our players so we are excited to get back out there and compete every pitch, every inning, all season.” 
 
Wosleger said he tells all his players that as a team, we care about three main things.
One: valuing character and integrity. “It is important to have high character kids who are excellent examples on and off the field,” he said.
Two: competing in everything we do. “Whether it is a drill at practice or getting prepared for a test, we want to compete and prepare at the highest level.”
Three: “Our ability to respond to adversity. In all walks of life (but especially in baseball games), adversity comes. How will we respond to it? We teach our players strategies to overcome adversity on the road to success.”
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