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James Madison field hockey coach Antoinette Lucas announced the hiring of former All-American Baillie Versfeld on April 2 as an assistant coach for the 2009 season.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have Baillie return to JMU," commented Lucas.  "She was a fantastic player but is equally as talented as a coach.  She understands and sees the game very well."

Versfeld added, "It's really good to be back in purple and be a Duke again.  It's exciting to see it from this side of the desk."

In her first season back with the Dukes, Versfeld helped guide a young JMU squad to a 12-8 final mark and a 6-2 finish in the CAA, tied for second in the conference.  Five players earned All-CAA honors and JMU finished ranked 11th nationally while coming up just short in selection for the NCAA tournament.

Versfeld returned to Harrisonburg after a two-year stint at Miami of Ohio as an assistant coach.  While in Oxford, she held responsibility in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, travel coordination, game preparation, and practice organization.

The RedHawks went 24-18 during Versfeld's two seasons with the program.  In 2008, they compiled a 14-7 overall mark and 7-3 in the Mid American Conference.  Miami earned the second seed and advanced to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament.  In 2007, the RedHawks were 10-11 and reached the MAC championship game before falling 3-2 in overtime.

In 2009, Versfeld was named to the CAA Silver Anniversary Team as one of the top 25 field hockey student-athletes in league history.  At JMU from 2003 to 2006, she was a two-time All-American, four-time All-South honoree, and four-time All-CAA member.  She finished her career with 72 points on 27 goals and 18 assists.  Versfeld's best statistical season came as a junior in 2005 when she totaled 26 points on 10 goals and six assists.  She was named a second team All-American and shared the JMU Female Athlete of the Year honor. 

In 2006, Versfeld posted 16 points (five goals, six assists) while leading the Dukes to the first of three consecutive CAA championships.  She was named CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and again was named a second team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association while earning first team honors from Womensfieldhockey.com.

During her final semester at JMU, Versfeld completed a coaching internship with the Dukes where she got her first glimpse behind the scenes while assisting with the spring non-traditional season.  She graduated from JMU in 2007 with a bachelor of science in kinesiology with a concentration in sport management.

A native of Zimbabwe, Versfeld competed for the Zimbabwean Under-16 and Under-18 national squads while serving as captain of the U-18 squad for one year.  She continues to be active with the national hockey program in Zimbabwe.