STORRS, Conn. – After leading the University of Connecticut field hockey program to its second Division I national title in as many years, head coach Nancy Stevens was tabbed as the 2014 Mideast Region Coach of the Year, as announced by the NFHCA on Wednesday afternoon.
Stevens, the sport’s all-time winningest coach at the DI level, guided the Huskies to their second-straight title after her squad defeated Syracuse, 1-0, in the NCAA championship game on Nov. 23. UConn capped its incredible season with 14-straight wins and has now won eight-straight NCAA Tournament games dating back to the 2013 campaign.
Earlier this season, Stevens and the Connecticut coaching staff were honored as the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year. She has now been selected as the Mideast Region Coach of the year on eight different occasions (1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006,2011, 2013, and 2014).
Stevens has guided the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in 18 of the last 19 seasons overall and during that span, Connecticut has earned 14 NCAA quarterfinal berths and advanced to the NCAA National Semifinals seven times. The Huskies are currently enjoying a streak of 13 straight NCAA berths, dating back to 2002.
Under Stevens, the Huskies have qualified for the Big East Tournament in 24 of her 25 seasons, with a league record 14 different squads (2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996 and 1992) winning the conference tournament title.
The 2014 campaign also marked UConn's third NCAA National Semifinal berth in the last four seasons and the program's seventh overall under Stevens. Connecticut became just the fifth program to win at least two-straight DI field hockey national titles.
At 595 career wins, Stevens surpassed Old Dominion coach Beth Anders as the sport’s all-time winner during the 2013 season.