Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft
Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft
Title: Senior Woman Administrator/Head Field Hockey Coach
Phone: 540.545.7368
Previous College: Michigan State '08
Year at SU: 6th
Master's Degree: Rochester '11
Career Record: 71-46
ODAC Coach of the Year: 2013, 2016

Introduced in February 2013, Ashley (Smeltzer) Smeltzer-Kraft is the third head coach in SU field hockey history.

In the fall of 2013, Smeltzer-Kraft led her Hornets to 10 overall wins and six ODAC victories, setting a new program record, as the squad finished in the runner-up spot in the regular season race.

This second place showing earned her 2013 ODAC Coach of the Year honors.

SU had a program-best three women earn first team All-ODAC accolades in the fall of 2013, including a Player of the Year award for junior Ashley Cross.

In 2016, Smeltzer-Kraft led her Hornets to their first-ever ODAC title with wins over Virginia Wesleyan, Lynchburg and Washington & Lee. The semifinal round victory over LC was the first in program history and set the stage for the 2-0 win over W&L in the championship game.

She again was named ODAC Coach of the Year as well as VaSID Coach of the Year.

Smeltzer-Kraft joined the SU Athletic Department after five years as an assistant coach at longtime DIII power University of Rochester. While at the Liberty League institution, she was involved in all aspects of the Yellowjackets program.

In the fall of 2012, Smeltzer-Kraft helped lead U of R to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

Prior to her experience at Rochester, the Delaware native served as a student assistant coach at her alma mater, Michigan State University, in 2007-08.

She played four years for the Spartans on a full scholarship and helped MSU to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and a Big Ten championship.

In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Smeltzer-Kraft has worked in the USA Field Hockey Futures Program since 2009 as a selector, site director, assistant coach and head coach. In 2016, she began a term on the NCAA Division III field hockey national committee and also serves as the South Atlantic Region chair. In this role, she selects the championship field and assists in the administration of the national championship tournament.

In September 2018, Smeltzer-Kraft began a two-year appointment as the department's Senior Woman Administrator. As SWA, Smeltzer-Kraft is part of the department's leadership team and represents Shenandoah at both league and NCAA meetings. She is also the co-advisor for the SU SAAC.

Smeltzer-Kraft and her wife, Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft, were married in July 2014. Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft is the Hornets women's basketball coach. The couple are parents of a son, Welles Ralph Smeltzer-Kraft, born in March, 2017.

Year Overall ODAC Place ODAC Tournament
2013 10-10 6-2 2nd 0-1
2014 12-7 6-2 3rd 1-1
2015 11-6 5-2 T3rd 1-1
2016 13-9 5-3 4th  3-0
2017 10-9 3-4 5th 1-1
2018 15-5 6-2 2nd  1-1
Totals 71-46 31-15   7-5