STORRS, Conn. - After leading the University of Connecticut field hockey team to its fifth National Championship, the Husky coaching staff was honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as the 2017 Division I Coaching Staff of the Year. Head coach Nancy Stevens, associate head coach Paul Caddy and assistant coach Cheri Schulz were honored at the 2018 NFHCA Annual Convention in Lake Mary, Florida last week.
Backed by a perfect 23-0 season, UConn claimed its third national title in five years and became just the sixth DI program to record an unblemished record.
Earlier this season, the coaching staff was honored as the NFHCA Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the year following a perfect 17-0 regular season. The regular season was highlighted by wins against highly-ranked opponents- Michigan, Northwestern, Delaware, Stanford, Princeton, Boston College, Boston University and Harvard. The Huskies perfect season included 13 victories by shutout.
Additionally, the trio garnered BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year accolades following another dominating season in league play. The Huskies claimed their six-straight tournament championship and fifth-consecutive conference regular season title. UConn recorded a perfect 7-0 conference clip as its BIG EAST regular season win streak improved to 24 games.
Over the past 17 seasons together, the coaching staff has developed UConn field hockey into one of the most elite DI programs in the nation. Since coming together prior to the 2001 season, Stevens, Caddy and Schulz own an incredible 318-67 overall record, including an impressive 83-15 clip in conference action. During that span, the Huskies have made 16-straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, including 10 trips to the Final Four and three national titles. Additionally, UConn has captured 12 BIG EAST Tournament Championships and 11 BIG EAST Regular Season titles.
During their time in Storrs, the coaching staff has coached 32 All-BIG EAST First Team selections, 20 First Team All-Americans and 18 conference Players of the Year.
In 2017, five Huskies, Charlotte Veitner, Nina Klein, Casey Umstead, Amanda Collins and Karlie Heistand, were honored as All-Americans. All five student-athletes were selected to the Mideast Region First Team while Veitner garnered Mideast Region Player of the Year accolades.
Stevens, the sport's all-time wins leader in NCAA field hockey, has now earned the distinction for the third time in her career. After leading UConn to back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014, Stevens garnered consecutive NFHCA Coach of the Year accolades.
Stevens is one of five UConn coaches to have earned national coach of the year recognition, joining Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma (eight-time Naismith National Coach of the Year), men's soccer coach Ray Reid (four-time National Coach of the Year), former women's soccer coach Len Tsantiris (1997 NSCAA National Coach of the Year), and former men's basketball Hall-of-Famer Jim Calhoun (1990 AP National Coach of the Year).
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