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Nancy Stevens

HEAD COACH
19 seasons at UConn
30 seasons overall
at Connecticut: 301-107-8 (.733) 19 yrs.
Career Record:  481-156-24 (.746) 30 yrs.

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University of Connecticut field hockey coach Nancy Stevens and the word success are synonymous.
Entering her 19th season at Connecticut and her 30th overall as a head coach, Stevens has firmly secured the tradition of UConn field hockey among the nationís best.
Recognized as one of the top collegiate field hockey coaches in the nation, she has compiled an impressive 464-152-24 record for a .744 winning percentage over her previous 29 seasons. Overall, she ranks second among Division I coaches in overall wins (464) and ranks first in games coached (640) - entering 2008.

Stevens has guided the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the last 12 seasons overall and during that span, Connecticut has earned nine NCAA quarterfinal berths and advanced to the NCAA National Semifinals four times, including each of the past two seasons.

She became the fourth coach in NCAA field hockey history to reach the 400-win plateau when the Huskies defeated Cornell 6-0, on October 24, 2004. Stevens collected her 300th win during the 1998 season.

Stevens has taken two Division I programs to a No. 1 ranking (Connecticut in 1999 and Northwestern in 1985). Her record at UConn over 18 years stands at 284-103-8 (.729).
Under Stevens, the Huskies have qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament in 17 of her 18 seasons, with a league record 10 different squads (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996 and 1992) winning the conference tournament title.

UConn is regularly one of the nationís leaders in both offense and defense and last season was no exception as the Huskies ranked ninth nationally in scoring offense (3.00 gpg) and eighth in scoring defense (1.16 gaa).

The 2007 team, which ran UConnís streak of consecutive BIG EAST Tournament crowns to four straight, was the 12th UConn squad under Stevens that earned a berth to the NCAA Division I Championship, as her 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996 and 1990 teams qualified as well.

The 2007 campaign also marked UConnís second straight berth in the NCAA National Semifinals and the programís fourth overall under Stevens.

Since beginning BIG EAST play in 1989, the UConn field hockey team has captured 10 of the 19 BIG EAST Tournament titles, including three in a row from 1998-2000, before their current run of four straight (2004-07). The Huskies have advanced to the conference championship game 15 times.

In addition, the Huskies earned 10 of the last 12 regular season titles, including a stretch of five in a row from 1996-2000 and four consecutive crowns from 2002-2005.

A six-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year, Stevens is also a five-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association Mideast Coach of the Year (1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006).

Of UConnís 11 NCAA Division I Tournament appearances under Stevens, she led the Huskies to the NCAA semifinals four times (1998, 1999, 2006, 2007).

The UConn field hockey program has been ranked among the nationís elite consistently throughout Stevensí career. In 1999, the Huskies sat atop the national poll for five consecutive weeks. After opening the year No. 6 in the nation, UConn defeated then top-ranked Penn State to take over at No. 1. Connecticut remained undefeated through the end of the regular season, before losing to eventual national finalist Michigan.

Before taking over at Connecticut, Stevens served as the head coach at Northwestern University for nine years. She led the Wildcats to eight consecutive NCAA Division I Championship quarterfinal appearances (1982-89), three NCAA semifinal games (1983, 1985 and 1989) and four Big Ten Championships (1983, 1984, 1985 and 1988).

During her final season in 1989, Stevens directed her Wildcat field hockey team to an 18-4-1 record and a third-place finish in the NCAA Championship.

Her 1985 team also finished third at the NCAA Championship.

In 1988, she was voted Big Ten Coach of the Year when her team went 17-2-1, winning the league title and making an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

In her nine-year career at Northwestern, Stevensí teams had an overall record of 152-35-12, for an impressive .764 winning percentage. Her student-athletes also maintained a perfect 100 percent graduation rate while at NU.

Stevens has developed 22 first team All-Americans, 13 at Connecticut and nine while at Northwestern.

Additionally, three of her players at Northwestern were finalists for the Honda Broderick Award, with forward Jennifer Averill voted the winner in 1985. Former UConn All-America Kristen Kelly was named a finalist for this award in 1994. The programís all-time leading scorer, Lauren Henderson, was a finalist for the prestigious honor in 2004. Most recently, Lizzy Peijs was recognized as one of four finalists for the national player of the year award in 2006.

Stevens also acted as Northwesternís assistant lacrosse coach for nine years and helped guide the Wildcats to five NCAA Championship appearances in her final seven seasons.

She has been a part of the U.S. Field Hockey National Coaching Staff, serving in that capacity from 1982-1990. In 1997, she took over as coach for the U.S. Under-19 National Team - named ďTeam of the YearĒ by U.S. Field Hockey.
She was head coach of the U.S. Junior National Team from 1982-84, while coaching in the U.S. Olympic Developmental Program. Stevens has been a U.S. Olympic Festival head coach five times since 1985, leading her team to a gold medal in 1986 and to a silver medal in 1985.

Prior to coaching at Northwestern, Stevens was head field hockey and lacrosse coach at Franklin and Marshall College for two seasons. Her 1979 F&M team placed second at the AIAW National Championship, while her 1980 team reached the quarterfinals.
A member of the U.S. National Team from 1974-79, she competed in the 1975 World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. That team was captained by former UConn coach Diane Wright.

Originally from Manheim, Pa., Stevens received her bachelorís degree in education, summa cum laude from West Chester University in 1976. She captained the 1975 field hockey team at West Chester that won the AIAW National Championship. She was a 2003 inductee into the West Chester University Hall of Fame.

In 1979, she received her masterís degree in sports psychology from Penn State. There, she also served as assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach from 1977-79, with the lacrosse squads winning AIAW National Championship titles in 1978 and 1979.

Stevens holds annual summer camps at UConn and is a longstanding member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).

Stevens has also served on the U.S. Olympic Committee's Athlete's Advisory Council and the U.S. Olympic Committee's Membership Committee. In addition, Coach Stevens has held the positions of Vice President in the U.S. Field Hockey Coaches Association and was a former Vice President of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
 

Stevens’ Coaching Highlights
- 2008 NFHCA Hall of Fame Inductee
- Seven NCAA Semifinal Appearances
- 18 NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances
- 10 BIG EAST Regular Season Titles
- 10 BIG EAST Tournament Titles
- Six-Time BIG EAST Coach of the Year
- 1997 U.S. Under-19 National Coach
- 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004 & 2006 Mideast Region Coach of the Year
- 1988 Big Ten Coach of the Year
- U.S. Field Hockey Team National Coaching Staff (1982-90)
- U.S. Junior National Team
Head Coach (1982-84)
- U.S. Olympic Festival Head Coach
North Team 1985-87 & 1989-90
- National Team Trials Assistant Coach
(1982-2000)
- 22 First Team All-Americans
- Six U.S. National Team members
- 62 All-Conference choices
- Has led the Huskies to six consecutive NCAA Tournament berths from 2002-07 with two national semifinal and four national quarterfinal appearances
- Guided Huskies to five consecutive NCAA Tournament berths from 1996-00 with two national semifinal and three national quarterfinal appearances
- 2003 inductee into the West Chester University Hall of Fame
- 2006 inductee into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame

Stevens’ Playing Highlights
- U.S. National Team member & World Cup Team player
- Captain, National Collegiate Champions - West Chester University
- Gold Medal, U.S. Olympic Festival


The Nancy Stevens File

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (28-14-4)
1979   13-8-1        AIAW National Championship Runner-up
1980   15-6-3        AIAW National Championship Quarterfinals

NORTHWESTERN (152-35-12)
1981    14-5-4        Big Ten Championship Participant
1982    17-5-0        NCAA Tournament (Quarterfinals)
1983    20-5-0        NCAA Final Four, Big Ten Champions
1984    17-2-1        NCAA Tournament (Quarterfinals), Big Ten Champions
1985    20-2-0        NCAA Final Four, Big Ten Champions
1986    15-4-2        NCAA Tournament (Quarterfinals)
1987    14-6-3        NCAA Tournament (Quarterfinals)
1988    17-2-1        NCAA Tournament (Quarterfinals), Big Ten Champions
1989    18-4-1        NCAA Final Four

CONNECTICUT (284-103-8)
1990    11-8-2        NCAA Tournament
1991    10-8-1        BIG EAST Tournament Runner-up
1992    10-9-1        BIG EAST Tournament Champions
1993    11-8-2        BIG EAST Tournament Runner-up
1994    15-4-2        BIG EAST Tournament Semifinalists
1995    11-7-0        BIG EAST Tournament Semifinalists
1996    21-2-0        NCAA Final Eight,
                            BIG EAST Tournament Champions,
                            BIG EAST Regular Season Champions
1997    16-7-0        NCAA Tournament (Quarterfinals),
                            BIG EAST Regular Season Champions,
                            BIG EAST Tournament Runner-up
1998    19-4-0        NCAA Tournament (National Semifinals),
                            BIG EAST Regular Season Champions,
                            BIG EAST Tournament Champions
1999    23-1-0        NCAA Tournament (National Semifinals),
                            BIG EAST Regular Season Champions,
                            BIG EAST Tournament Champions
2000    17-7-0        NCAA Tournament (Quarterfinals),
                            BIG EAST Regular Season Champions,
                            BIG EAST Tournament Champions
2001     8-9-0
2002    15-8-0        NCAA Tournament,
                            BIG EAST Regular Season Champions,
                            BIG EAST Tournament Champions
2003    17-6-0        NCAA Tournament (Quarterfinals)
                            BIG EAST Regular Season Champions
2004    20-2-0        NCAA Tournament
                            BIG EAST Regular Season Champions
                            BIG EAST Tournament Champions
2005    17-6-0        NCAA Tournament (Quarterfinals)
                            BIG EAST Regular Season Champions
                            BIG EAST Tournament Champions
2006    21-4-0        NCAA Tournament (National Semifinals)
                            BIG EAST Tournament Champions
2007    22-3-0        NCAA Tournament (National Semifinals)
                            BIG EAST Tournament Champions
                            BIG EAST Regular Season Champions
 

   
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