After an almost four-month search, the Ball State University athletics department on Friday announced the hiring of Colgate University assistant coach Beth Maddox as its next field hockey head coach.

Maddox replaces Annette Payne, who was fired Nov. 18 after accumulating a 35-96 (24-46 Mid-American Conference) record in seven seasons at Ball State.

"We are extremely excited for Beth to become the field hockey coach at Ball State," Ball State athletics director Tom Collins said in a statement. "She was an outstanding player and has experience in all areas necessary to become a head coach. We are looking forward to Beth developing our young players and getting our program back to the top of the Mid-American Conference."

Maddox spent the last three seasons at Colgate as an assistant to coach Cathy Foto. Maddox was a coach in the 2008 U.S. Field Hockey Association Futures Program.

Her other coaching experience comes from her alma mater Salem High School, where she coached the junior varsity field hockey team.

Maddox is a 2005 graduate of Old Dominion University, where she was a four-year field hockey letterwinner. She scored seven goals and had two assists in 77 career games, as Maddox and the Monarchs won the National Championship in 2000.

Coaching experience:
• 2007-2009: Assistant coach, Colgate
• 2008: Coach, U.S. Field Hockey Association Futures Program
• 2006: Junior varsity coach, Salem High School

Playing experience:
• 2000-2005: Four-year field hockey letterwinner, Old Dominion
• 2000 NCAA National Champion
• 1996-2000: Salem High School
• National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American