After spending five years on the Liberty field hockey staff, Jacki Bolt returned to Liberty as an assistant coach beginning on March 1, 2017. She was promoted to associate head coach in Feb. 2019.
Bolt returned to the Liberty field hockey staff as the goalkeeping and defensive coach after spending 2016 as an assistant at William & Mary. Bolt served as an assistant coach for the Lady Flames under Jodi Murphy during the program's first five years (2011-15).
"I am thrilled to be back with the Flames and extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with (head coach) Nikki (Parsley) as we look to continue to further develop the championship culture within the program," Bolt stated. "I was blessed to be a part of the program's early success and I am humbled by the opportunity to be a part of this next era of Liberty Field Hockey."
Over the last two years, Bolt has instructed two-time All-BIG EAST selection Allison Schaefer, the program's all-time saves leader. She has also coached two-time All-BIG EAST, two-time all-region and two time all-state selection Ashley Dykema. Bolt and the Lady Flames won a combined 21 games in 2017 and 2018. Liberty won 13 games in 2018, its most since 2014, and finished runner-up at the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship. The Lady Flames closed the year with a No. 15 RPI and No. 16 national ranking.
Bolt served as the goalkeepers coach in her first stint with Liberty while also providing administrative support for the program, assisting with recruiting and team travel. Under Bolt's guidance, Liberty goalkeepers, Mallory Cuccio (1st, 1.01 GAA in 2012) and Ann Jefferis (3rd, 0.95 GAA in 2013), ranked in the top-three in the nation in goals-against average. The Lady Flames also won back-to-back NorPac Championships in 2013 and 2014, earning NCAA Tournament berths in both years.
In Bolt's lone year with the William & Mary Tribe, she worked with the Tribe goalkeepers and also assisted with administration, recruiting and on-the-field coaching. With Bolt's aid, Tribe freshman goalkeeper, Morgan Connor, was named to the CAA All-Rookie team. Connor was also named the CAA Rookie of the Week on one occasion (Sept. 21, 2016).
"Jacki's deep-rooted passion for Jesus and extensive knowledge of Liberty make her an immediate asset to our team. Her joy in life is infectious, and her hockey knowledge will help take our program to new heights," stated Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach Nikki Parsley. "For student-athletes who desire to grow athletically, socially, academically, and spiritually, Jacki will be an incredible mentor to the players during their time at Liberty and beyond. I'm ecstatic to have her in back in red and blue."