STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut field hockey team will honor former Husky standout and current Providence head coach Diane Madl on Friday, Oct. 17 following UConn's regular season contest with the Friars, as announced by Husky head coach Nancy Stevens on Tuesday.
Madl, who played at UConn from 1985-88, helped the Huskies capture their second national championship in 1985. She was a two-time All-American (1987, 1988) and was named the Honda Broderick Award winner at the completion of her Husky career. She currently ranks No. 22 in UConn history with 33 career goals.
Following her stellar career in Storrs, Madl went on to play for the U.S. National Team and competed in a multitude of events for Team USA, including the World University Games (1989), World Cup (1990), Inter-Continental Cup (1989 and 1995) and the Champions Trophy (1995). She reached the pinnacle of her playing career in 1996 as a member of the U.S. National Team that competed in the Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, Georgia.
"The UConn Field Hockey family is proud to honor one of our program's all-time greats on Friday," said Stevens. "As a 1985 National Champion and 1996 Olympic Team member, Diane has brought nothing but honor and distinction to the University of Connecticut and our field hockey program. As a Magna Cum Laude graduate, she was a true scholar-athlete at UConn. It is our privilege to be able to honor her in this way."
The Mountaintop, Pa. native was named the head coach at Providence following the 2001 season and has led the Friars to a wealth of success in recent years. Providence has qualified for the four-team Big East Championship in five of the last eight seasons under Madl's guidance. The Friars captured the Big East Conference regular-season title in 2006 and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament twice (2006, 2007).
During Madl's 12 seasons on the Providence sidelines, she has helped to mentor three players who earned All-America honors a total of four times. She also has helped to develop a total of 34 All-Big East selections and 31 All-Northeast Region honorees.
Prior to her work with the Friars, Madl served as an assistant coach at the University of Maine for nine seasons.
Madl earned her U.S. Field Hockey Level III Coaching Accreditation in 2009, which is the highest coaching accreditation in the U.S. system. With the accreditation, Madl is eligible to work with the U.S. National Team programs.
Madl was inducted into the Luzerne County (Pa.) Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, and was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Hall of Fame on May 18, 2008. She is the daughter of Ruth Ann and David Madl.
Please note that Friday's game will begin at 5 p.m.