Northwestern 5, MSU 2
No. 3 Spartans take on No. 6 Hoosiers in first round
MSU takes on Iowa at 2 p.m. on Saturday
Five seniors to be recognized on Saturday
MSU takes on Central Michigan on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
The MSU Field Hockey team 2012.
Molly Pelowski enters her seventh season as an assistant coach for the Michigan State field hockey program. During the 2012 offseason, she was promoted to the programs top assistant coaching position.
Pelowski joined the Spartans beginning in 2008, and Michigan State holds a record of 67-39, including three NCAA tournament appearances in her tenure.
Goalkeepers during Pelowski's tenure have had great success. Elissa Unger posted a 35-10 record during Pelowski's first two years along with being a Second Team NFHCA West Region and All-Big Ten selection. Unger was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (9/28, 10/12) and was the leader in the Big Ten in goals against average and save percentage. Molly Cassidy saw similar success under Pelowski, being chosen as the Big Ten's defensive player of the week five times. Cassidy was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection in 2010 and is a two time member of the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region West Team. Cassidy's efforts in net during the 2011 season earned her a sport on the All-Big Ten Tournament team as well as being named the team's MVP.
Pelowski recently obtained her USA Field Hockey Level II coaching accreditation in November 2011. She is also a member of the NFHCA Senior All Star Committee.
Pelowski joined the Michigan State staff after serving as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan, where she earned a master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in exercise science. She earned her bachelor's degree in physical education at the University of Michigan between 2000 and 2004.
During her time at CMU, Pelowski was a graduate assistant in physical education, and assisted with the varsity field hockey program. She was also a graduate assistant at Kent State University in 2005, primarily working with goalkeepers and defensive corner units. At Kent State she worked closely with current Michigan State associate head coach Helen Knull, who was an assistant for the Golden Flashes between 2003-04 and an associate head coach in 2005.
Pelowski garnered many accolades in her time with the Wolverines, including the Michigan field hockey Brian Fishman Award, which is given to an athlete who demonstrates the characteristics of hard work, passion for what she is doing and pursuit of excellence. Pelowski helped the Wolverines to Big Ten Regular-Season Championships in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004 and a Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2004. She was also a member of the 2001 National Championship team. Academically, Pelowski was a standout as well, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors from 2001-04 and was a Michigan Outstanding Academic Achievement Award winner from 2000-2004. She graduated with a share of six career records at Michigan.
Pelowski completed her 2nd masters degree in clinical counseling. She married Walter Pelowski in December of 2013 and resides in Lansing.