The team also honored its seniors for their dedication to the program.
Three individuals were honored as Scholars of Distinction
Middendorf was a scholar-athlete during her time at UConn
Three NCAA Championships In Five-year Span For Coach Nancy Stevens & UConn Field Hockey
The Huskies Claimed Their Fifth National Championship This Fall.
Senior Reception 2018 (photo by Stephen Slade)
UCONN vs UMASS (photo by Stephen Slade)
UConn vs Temple (photo by Stephen Slade)
UConn vs Temple (photo by Stephen Slade)
UConn vs Quinnipiac (photos by Stephen Slade)
Recognized as one of the top collegiate field hockey coaches in the nation, she has compiled an impressive 662-181-24 record for a .777 winning percentage over her previous 39 seasons.
Most recently, Stevens led the Huskies to their fifth national championship and third in five years, while guiding the program to its first undefeated season (23-0) and captured the sixth perfect season in the history of the NCAA sport. Just a few weeks prior, she led UConn to its sixth-straight BIG EAST Tournament title, 17th overall, including its 17th-ever BIG EAST Regular Season Championship. This years trip to the Final Four marked the program's 15th overall showing in the NCAA semifinals and fifth-straight appearance.
In 2013, Stevens became the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I Field Hockey history, surpassing Old Dominion coach Beth Anders as the sport's all-time winner. Stevens guided Connecticut to its third-ever national championship in 2013, finishing the season with a stellar 21-4 record. For her efforts, she received National Coach of the Year accolades from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and was also tabbed as the Regional Coach of the Year by the NFHCA.
In 2014, Stevens took the Huskies back to the top of the sport, winning back-to-back titles for the first time in school history. Her Huskies finished with a 20-2 record, winning their final 14 games of the season en route to the 2014 national crown.
In 2015, Stevens became the first coach across all divisions to reach 600 career wins, after defeating No. 10 Boston College, 2-1, on Sept. 13, 2015. She led the team to its fourth-straight Big East Touranment title and 15th Big East Regular Season crown. The Huskies were undefeated during the regular season and went on a 36-game win streak, dating back to the 2014 national championship run. UConn finished with a 22-1 overall record in 2015.
Stevens has guided the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in 21 of the last 22 seasons overall and during that span, Connecticut has earned 17 NCAA quarterfinal berths and advanced to the NCAA National Semifinals 10 times. The Huskies are currently enjoying a streak of 16 straight NCAA berths, dating back to 2002. Stevens became the second coach all-time to win 500 games when the Huskies defeated No. 5 Syracuse, 2-1, to win the 2009 BIG EAST Tournament Championship.
Stevens is one of a select group of U.S. collegiate coaches to attend an International Hockey Federation (FIH) High Performance Coaching Course. The 25 coaches in attendance included top European club coaches as well as coaches preparing their teams for the Olympic Games. From this course, she received a further recommendation to attend an FIH Final Coaching Development Course.
The UConn coach has taken two Division I programs to a No. 1 ranking (Connecticut in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 1999 and Northwestern in 1985). Under Stevens, the Huskies have qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament in 27 of her 28 seasons, with a league record 17 different squads (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996 and 1992) winning the conference tournament title. The 2017 season was the 22nd UConn squad under Stevens that earned a berth to the NCAA Division I Championship, as her 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996 and 1990 teams qualified as well.
The 2017 campaign also marked UConn's sixth NCAA National Semifinal berth in the last seven seasons and the program's 10th overall under Stevens. Since beginning BIG EAST play in 1989, the UConn field hockey team has captured 17 of the 29 BIG EAST Tournament titles, including three in a row from 1998-2000 and 2012-14, four straight from 2004-07, and six straight from 2012-17. The Huskies have advanced to the conference championship game 24 times. In addition, the Huskies earned 17 of the last 21 regular season titles, including a stretch of five in a row from 2013-2017 and 1996-2000 and four consecutive crowns from 2002-2005.
A 11-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year, Stevens is also an eight-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association Mideast Coach of the Year (1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2013, and 2014). The UConn field hockey program has been ranked among the nation's elite consistently throughout Stevens' 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, Stevens' 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. Eight of her players have been selected to represent the Unites States as part of the National Team.
In addition to her players' being recognized for exceptional abilities, Coach Stevens has received a number of accolades in recognition of her excellence over the years. Additionally, four 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 program's second 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 while Lauren Scherer was a finalist in 2009 and Melissa Gonzalez a finalist in 2010. In 2013, forward/midfielder Marie Elena Bolles was named the Division I National Player of the Year by the NFHCA and was recognized as the Honda Sports Award Winner for Field Hockey.
Stevens also acted as Northwestern's 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 "Team of the Year" 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 bachelor's 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 master's 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
- 2017 Division I National Championship
- 2014 Division I National Championship
- 2014 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year
- 2013 NFHCA National Coach of the Year
- 2013 Division I National Championship
- 2007 NFHCA Hall of Fame Inductee
- 13 NCAA Semifinal Appearances
- 25 NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances
- 17 BIG EAST Regular Season Titles
- 17 BIG EAST Tournament Titles
- 11-Time BIG EAST Coach of the Year
- 1997 U.S. Under-19 National Coach
- 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006 2011, 2013 and 2014 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)
- 45 First Team All-America selections
- 10 U.S. National Team members
- Has led the Huskies to 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths from 2002-16 with six national semifinal and eight national quarterfinal appearances
- 2003 inductee into the West Chester University Hall of Fame
- 2006 inductee into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame
- U.S. National Team member & World Cup Team player
- Captain, National Collegiate Champions - West Chester University
- Gold Medal, U.S. Olympic Festival
NCAA All-Time Winningest Active Coaches
|1*||Nancy Stevens||662||Connecticut 1990-present|
|2*||Karen Shelton||646||North Carolina 1981-present|
|3*||Missy Meharg||544||Maryland 1988-present|
|4*||Charlene Morett-Curtiss||517||Penn State 1987-present|
|5*||Sally Starr||469||Boston U. 1981-present|
The Nancy Stevens File
|2017||23-0||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA National Champion|
|2016||22-2||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA Semifinal|
|2015||22-1||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA Semifinal|
|2014||20-2||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA National Champion|
|2013||21-4||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA National Champion|
|2012||19-3||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA Quarterfinal|
|2011||19-3||Big East Regular Season Champion||NCAA Semifinal|
|2009||19-3||Big East Tournament Champion||NCAA First Round|
|2008||17-4||Big East Regular Season Champion||NCAA First Round|
|2007||22-3||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA Semifinal|
|2006||21-4||Big East Tournament Champion||NCAA Semifinal|
|2005||17-6||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA Quarterfinal|
|2004||20-2||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA First Round|
|2003||17-6||Big East Regular Season Champion||NCAA Quarterfinal|
|2002||15-8||Big East Regular Season.Tournament Champion||NCAA First Round|
|2000||17-7||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA Quarterfinal|
|1999||23-1||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA Semifinal|
|1998||19-4||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA Semifinal|
|1997||16-7||Big East Regular Season Champion||NCAA Quarterfinal|
|1996||21-2||Big East Regular Season/Tournament Champion||NCAA Quarterfinal|
|1995||11-7||Big East Tournament Semifinal|
|1994||15-4-2||Big East Tournament Semifinal|
|1993||11-8-2||Big East Tournament Runner-Up|
|1992||10-9-1||Big East Tournament Champion|
|1991||10-8-1||Big East Tournament Runner-Up|
|1990||11-8-2||NCAA First Round|
|1988||17-2-1||Big Ten Champion||NCAA Quarerfinal|
|1985||20-2||Big Ten Champion||NCAA Semifinal|
|1984||17-2-1||Big Ten Champion||NCAA Quarterfinal|
|1983||20-5||Big Ten Champion||NCAA Semifinal|
|1981||14-5-4||Big Ten Championship Participant|
|Franklin and Marshall||(28-14-4)|
|1980||15-6-3||AIAW National Championship Quarterfinal|
|1979||13-8-1||AIAW National Championship Runner-Up|
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