STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut head coach Nancy Stevens reached 600 wins, the most in NCAA field hockey history across all divisions.
Stevens accomplished the impressive feat when No. 1 UConn beat No. 10 Boston College, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon. It only took her 803 games to do it.
“I was happy that my 600th win came against a top-10 opponent from the ACC,” Stevens said. “The fact that our team played so well made the day extra special.”
In her 26th season at UConn and 37th overall, Stevens is the first Division I field hockey coach in history to achieve the milestone. However, she is adamant that her success is based on a team effort.
“600 wins reflects the great number of amazing players we've coached,” Stevens said. “They have inspired our staff to always reach to improve. I've been so fortunate to work for fifteen years with Paul Caddy and Cheri Herr on our staff. They have made immeasurable contributions to our program's success.”
Stevens’ 2015 team has been ranked No. 1 since the preseason. This year, UConn ranks in the top-5 among the national statistical leaders in almost every category. The Huskies lead the country in goals per game (5.50), scoring average (5.50) and scoring margin (5.00) while standing second in assists per game (4.67), points per game (15.67) and goals against average (0.50).
Stevens has shaped UConn field hockey into one of the most prominent programs in the nation. In 2013, she led the Huskies to their third national championship and was named the National Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Last year, Stevens took the Huskies back to the top of the sport, winning back-to-back titles for the first time in school history. UConn was perfect in Big East play and won its final 14 games of the season en route to the 2014 national title. Her accomplishments helped her to receive her second-straight NFHCA National Coach of the Year honor.
Since beginning Big East play in 1989, Connecticut’s field hockey team has captured 14 of the 26 Big East Tournament crowns, including three in a row from 1998-2000 and 2012-14 and four straight from 2004-07. In addition, the Huskies have earned 14 of the last 18 regular season titles, including a stretch of five in a row from 1996-2000 and four consecutive crowns from 2002-05.
A 2007 inductee into the NFHCA Hall of Fame, Stevens has coached 42 First Team All-America selections, 80 First Team All-Big East selections and nine U.S. National Team members.
Stevens also belongs to the Connecticut Field Hockey and West Chester University Halls of Fame. She is an eight-time Big East Coach of the Year and eight-time NFHCA Mideast Coach of the Year.