Jan. 6, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - UConn field hockey head coach Nancy Stevens received National Coach of the Year accolades from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association in postseason awards announced Monday morning. In December, Stevens earned Regional Coach of the Year honors from the NFHCA, granting her eligibility for consideration in the national award. Stevens, a seven-time Regional Coach of the Year choice, earns National Coach of the Year honors for the first time in her career after leading UConn to its third national title this past fall.
With the award, Stevens joins the ranks of distinguished UConn coaches to have earned national coach of the year recognition. She joins the likes of Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma (eight-time National Coach of the Year), men's soccer coach Ray Reid (four-time National Coach of the Year), long-time women's soccer coach Len Tsantiris (1997 NSCAA National Coach of the Year), and former men's basketball legend Jim Calhoun (1990 AP National Coach of the Year) as Husky head coaches to garner national coaching recognition.
With Stevens in charge, the Huskies rattled off a 21-4 season this fall, picking up a BIG EAST regular season title, a BIG EAST Championship, and the third National Championship in program history. Six members of the 2013 team earned spots on the All-BIG EAST Teams, with Marie Elena Bolles, Sarah Mansfield, Chloe Hunnable, Anne Jeute, Roisin Upton, and Chrissy Davidson all receiving recognition. Those same six were also tabbed as All-Region Team selections by the NFHCA. Mansfield, Bolles, Jeute, Upton, and Hunnable went on went on to earn All-American honors, with Marie Elena Bolles closing out her career as the 2013 Division I National Player of the Year.
In her 24 seasons at the helm of the Husky program, Stevens has amassed a 393-125-8 record, 26 BIG EAST Championships, and, after an excellent 2013 campaign, she can now add a National Championship to her distinguished head coaching resume. Under her reign, UConn field hockey has appeared in 12 consecutive NCAA Tournaments since 2002, improving Connecticut's all-time NCAA Record to 33-22. Moreover, on October 11th UConn defeated Louisville to log Stevens' 562nd career victory, making her the winningest coach in Division I history. Her overall coaching record of 572-175-24 surpasses former Old Dominion Head Coach Beth Anders in the NCAA Field Hockey record books.
42 First Team All-American titles have been distributed to players under Coach Stevens' guidance. 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. Since coming to Connecticut, she has been named BIG EAST Coach of the Year on seven occasions. Before she arrived in Storrs, Stevens was selected as the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1988 at Northwestern.
In 2007, Coach Stevens was inducted to the NFHCA Hall of Fame for both her successful coaching career and her impressive playing years at West Chester University. At West Chester, Stevens helped her team to an AIAW National Championship while also playing with the U.S. National Team from 1974-1979, where she competed in the 1975 World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. Stevens was inducted into the West Chester Hall of Fame in 2003 before being enshrined in the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.