December 8, 2009

Pam Stuper Named NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year

Fifth-Year Mentor Led Bulldogs to School Record for Ivy League Wins

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After leading the Yale field hockey team to a 12-5 record that included a school record for Ivy League wins, Pam Stuper (Lancaster, Pa.) has been named the Dita/NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. The Bulldogs' accomplishments under Stuper also included six straight wins to end the season and five straight weeks earning votes in the national poll.

Stuper, a member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, was promoted to head coach in February of 2005. She helped lead Yale to three ECAC Championships (1998, 2002 and 2003) in her eight seasons as an assistant coach prior to that. The 2009 season marked a culmination of the steady improvement the Bulldogs showed in her first four seasons at the helm. A 6-2 win over Brown in the season finale gave Yale its school-record sixth win in Ivy League play. This was also the fifth straight year Yale increased its goal total over the previous season, and the Bulldogs finished with the third-highest total in school history (51). The Bulldogs also had 47 assists, second only to the 1979 team's 53.

In addition to the team accomplishments, Yale saw numerous individual achievements under Stuper's leadership. Senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) broke the school record for career points, finishing with 100, and senior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) broke the school record for single-season assists (16). Those two were both named first team All-Region, and sophomore midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) was named second team All-Region, giving Yale nine All-Region selections in Stuper's tenure as head coach.

Yale also had seven All-Ivy League selections, including Cantore and McCauley on the first team. Landshut and senior back Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) were named to the second team. Freshman midfielder/forward Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.), sophomore back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.)  and sophomore forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) all earned honorable mention. That gives Yale 21 All-Ivy League selections in Stuper's five seasons.

Stuper's student-athletes also have experienced tremendous success in the classroom. McCauley and Weiser were both named Academic All-Ivy League this year. The Bulldogs have also earned National Academic Team honors and have been recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award for academic progress in each of Stuper's seasons as head coach.

Prior to joining the Yale staff, Stuper was an assistant coach at James Madison University from 1993-1995, helping the Dukes win the NCAA Championship in 1994. A 1992 graduate of Old Dominion and member of the ODU Hall of Fame, Stuper was a key part of three national championship teams and was a two-time All-American. She also was named GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1992.

A nine-year member of the U.S. National Team, Stuper participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998), one Pan-American Games (1995) and two Champion's Trophy Tournaments (1995, 1997). She was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Stuper earned a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games and a bronze medal in the 1994 World Cup.

Stuper received her master's degree in exercise science with an emphasis in sports psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2008. She resides with her husband, John, the Yale baseball coach, in Hamden. In addition to her USA Field Hockey and Old Dominion honors, she is also a member of the Hempfield High School Hall of Fame.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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