Field Hockey Coaching Staff
Natalie Holder
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland
Alma Mater: Kent State, '09
Experience: 5 Years
Phone: (757) 683-6804
Email: nbarrett@odu.edu

Natalie (Barrett) Holder completed her fifth season with the Monarch Field Hockey program in 2017, after joining the ODU coaching staff in March 2013.

In 2017, her second season at ODU, Holder helped guide the Monarchs to an 8-10 record. ODU played one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2017, taking on eight top-25 opponents, including four top-five foes. The Monarchs qualified for the Big East Tournament, but fell in the first round to Liberty. Two ODU players in Danielle Grega and Erin Huffman earned NFHCA All-Region honors, while three players in Grega, Huffman and Julia Van Dorsten landed on the All-Big East Team.

In 2016, ODU finished the 2016 season with a 7-10 record and 3-4 mark within BIG EAST action. The Monarchs knocked off a number of nationally-ranked opponents throughout the season, including their 3-2 OT win over eventual NCAA champion Delaware on Sept. 2 as well as a come-from-behind 2-1 OT win over then-No. 14 Liberty on Sept. 30. Holder helped guide several Monarchs to individual accolades during the 2016 season, as senior Meg Byas and junior Danielle Grega earned first team All-BIG EAST honors, and Chrissy Horn was named to the All-BIG EAST second team. 

In 2015, the Monarchs finished with a 9-10 overall record, but defeated five natinally ranked teams during the season. ODU took down No. 7 Penn State, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 8 Wake Forest, No. 19 James Madison and No. 5 UVA.

During her second season as an assistant coach with Old Dominion in 2014, Holder helped the Monarchs finish the season with an 11-8 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the league, ending the regular season ranked 18th in the NFHCA Coaches Poll.

In her first season as an assistant coach with Old Dominion in 2013, Holder helped ODU to their first BIG EAST regular season title. During the 2013 season ODU won 12 straight games (longest since 2011) on route to an NCAA at-large berth and fourth straight NCAA appearance.

She was previously an assistant at Syracuse. In two seasons, she helped guide the Orange to a combined 38-7 record, including an 11-1 mark in BIG EAST play, a BIG EAST regular season title (2012), a BIG EAST Tournament title (2011), two NCAA Tournament appearances and a Final Four (2012).

Holder came to Syracuse after her first season as the assistant coach at Christopher Newport University, where she helped lead the Captains to the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Holder received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University in 2009 and continued at Kent State to receive her Masters of Arts in exercise/leisure and sport in 2010. She started 47 of the 60 games in which she appeared at Kent State, scoring 17 goals and adding eight assists while at Kent State. As captain her senior season in 2008, Holder led the Golden Flashes to the MAC Conference regular season and tournament titles.

Holder holds a USA Field Hockey Level II Certification. She is also a USA Field Hockey Level 1 Futures Site DIrector and U16/U19 National Futures Coach.

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, she was a member of the Scotland National U16 and U18 squads before attending Kent State.