October 7, 2013

Pam Stuper Inducted into Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame

Yale Mentor Honored Sunday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, has been inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame. Stuper was inducted in a ceremony Sunday. The 2013 Hall of Fame class included one of Stuper's former assistant coaches at Yale, Abby Ostruzka, an All-American at UConn who also played for Greenwich High.

The Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame was established in 1999. Stuper, a member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame who has been a part of four NCAA championship teams, is in her ninth year as head coach at Yale. She led the Bulldogs to an Ivy League championship in 2011 -- the school's first since 1980. The championship came as part of a remarkable run of success for the Bulldogs in recent years under Stuper, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. From 2009 through 2012 they posted a 40-28 overall record (20-8 in the Ivy League) -- the second-most wins in a four-year span in school history.

In addition to the team accomplishments, Stuper has also coached numerous players to individual success -- including the 2011 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year (Erin Carter '12) and the 2010 Ivy League co-Rookie of the Year (Georgia Holland). Holland also earned a spot on the U.S. Team for the 2013 Junior World Cup. Yale has had one All-American (third team), 14 All-Region selections (seven first team, seven second team) and 35 All-Ivy League selections (15 first team, 15 second team, five honorable mention) in her eight seasons at the helm. She was promoted to head coach in February of 2005 after eight years as an assistant at Yale.

Stuper's teams also excel in the classroom. Yale has earned National Academic Team honors from the NFHCA in each of her seasons as head coach. She also has had multiple Academic All-Ivy League selections, a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner and a Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award honoree.

The team has also been active in the community under Stuper's leadership, including work on the "Get a Grip" campaign to benefit the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation in honor of goalkeeper Ona McConnell '13, who has the disease. The team also assists with the annual marrow donor registration drive at Yale, which is held each spring in memory of Yale women's ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011) and her battle with cancer. Lexy Adams '13, a former Bulldog back who is now a volunteer assistant with the team, was found to be a match for a patient in need of a life-saving transplant and donated stem cells in December 2010.

As an assistant at Yale, Stuper helped guide the Bulldogs to three ECAC Championships (1998, 2002 and 2003) in eight seasons. Prior to joining the Yale staff she was an assistant coach at James Madison 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 for the Monarchs. She also was named GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1992.

Stuper is also involved with the game on an international level, and she currently serves as a member of the executive board for FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey, or International Hockey Federation), the international governing body for the sport of field hockey. She was elected to that position in the fall of 2010. In the fall of 2011 she was elected to the board of directors for the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF).

Stuper was head coach of USA Field Hockey's New England Junior High Performance team for 2011. She was an assistant coach for the New England Region from 2005 through 2009, and was an assistant for the North team in 2010. One of her Yale players, Holland, was selected for the Under-21 team for the 2013 National Championships. Stuper was an assistant coach for the New England/North team this year.

Stuper served as Second Vice-President of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association from 2005-2008 and as Director of Curriculum & Development from 2009-2011. She was a member of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship Committee from 2009 to 2013 and served as the Athlete Sports Organization (ASO) Director on the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012. She served as Chair of the Board, a position she was elected to in 2011, until 2012.

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 (Lancaster, Pa.) and the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

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