MAX Field Hockey is excited to announce the five High School Regional Coach of the Year recipients for the 2016 season!
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Skowhegan Area High School
Skowhegan’s long-time leader reached a historical milestone this Fall- Paula Doughty coached her 500th win, becoming the only field hockey coach in the state of Maine to do so. The Portland Press Herald had a great article on her 500th victory and the history of the Skowhegan program [Click here to Read Article]. Not only did Doughty reach win #500, she also led the Indians to their 17th state title and a final New England Region ranking of #7. The championship was the program’s 14th in the last 16 years. Doughty is now 504-88-19 and the all-time winningest field hockey coach in the state.
Staples High School
Ian Tapsall led Staples to their first ever Connecticut State Championship this Fall and a Final MAX Field Hockey Ranking of #3 in the Northeast Region and #23 in the Nation. The Wreckers finished the season 16-1-3, with a share of the Class L State Championship (Co-Champs w/Darien after tying 0-0 in the state final through 2OT). Tapsall’s squad made it to the finals of the FCIAC tournament after finishing the regular season at the top of the West Division Standings. Their lone loss of the season was to Wilton in 20T on a penalty stroke in the FCIAC Championship game. They would later knock Wilton out of the state tournament 3-1 in the quarterfinals en route to their first championship.
West Essex High School
North Caldwell, New Jersey
20-year Head Coach Jill Cosse reached a milestone this Fall, earning her 400th career win en route to capturing the New Jersey Group 2 State Championship and 2016 Tournament of Champions title. She is now 417-34-9 in her career. The Knights TOC victory (on an overtime penalty stroke by Lia Sinisi) ended Eastern Regional’s 5-year TOC domination. Cosse’s squad finished the season 24-1-0 with a final PA/NJ Region Ranking of #5 and a Final National Ranking of #10.
Delmar High School
After reaching 5 Delaware state tournament finals, including 4 of the last 5, Jodi Hollamon’s Delmar squad finally broke through and won their first DIAA state title this Fall with a 3-0 victory over Tower Hill in the championship. The 2016 DIAA Coach of the Year, Hollamon led the Wildcats to a 18-1 season, outscored opponents 110-8, claimed the Delaware State Player of the Year honors (junior Peyton Kemp), and brought home the first state championship by any girls team and non-football sports team at Delmar. Delmar finished the season ranked #16 in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Assumption High School
27 year veteran coach Debbie Judd led the top team in the Midwest this Fall. Her Assumption squad captured the preseason Kentucky-based Big Apple Tournament, The Huskie Invitational (hosted by Oak Park & River Forest in Illinois) and the KHSAA State Championship. The 2016 state title was the program’s 2nd in 3 years and 10th overall (including non-sanctioned titles). The title game was a rematch of the 2015 semifinal against DuPont Manual, a game which they lost. Judd’s Rockets would capture the title this year with a 1-0 overtime victory over DuPont Manual behind a talented senior class that includes State Tournament MVP Elizabeth Allgeier. Assumption finished the season 23-4-1, with 3 of those losses coming at the hands of Virginia powerhouses and Top 20 ranked programs Frank W Cox, Norfolk Academy and First Colonial. The Rockets finished 2016 with a final ranking of #2 in the West/Mid-West region and #16 in the nation.