January 16, 2007
Jan Hutchinson Named National Coach of the Year
BLOOMSBURG--Bloomsburg University head field hockey coach Jan Hutchinson was named the 2006 DITA/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Coach of the Year at the group's annual convention last week.
Hutchinson led the Huskies to the 2006 NCAA Division II national championship with a perfect 24-0 record. The national championship was the 13th for Hutchinson and the Huskies and the eighth in the last 11 years. Bloomsburg, which also won the PSAC championship this season, set a school record with 99 goals scored during the year and had two players, Jamie Vanartsdalen and Samantha Kropa, score more than 20 goals each for the first time since the 1991 season. Defensively the Huskies allowed only 21 goals all season and just two in four post-season games (none in the NCAA championships). Bloomsburg also limited its opponents to just 50 shots on goals for the season, while the undefeated and untied season was the fourth time Hutchinson has guided her team to a perfect season.
Hutchinson, who also won the 2006 PSAC Coach of the Year honors, has a career record of 525-69-20. She is the all-time leader in field hockey history in career wins (and is the only coach over 500 career wins). Five athletes on this season's team achieved NFHCA All-American honors, bringing the total under Hutchinson to 49 performers who have combined to win 90 All-American awards. Nine Bloomsburg players have also been named national "Player of the Year" under Hutchinson's guidance, the most of any coach in Division II.
The National Coach of the Year honor is the fifth for Hutchinson. She previously won the award in 1991, 1998, 2002 and 2004.
In addition, Hutchinson, who is also coach of the Huskies highly successful softball team, has been honored with induction into both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Halls of Fame. In addition, Hutchinson was named the winner of the C. Vivian Stringer Award by the United States Sports Academy in the summer of 2006.
A native of Newton, NJ, Hutchinson received her bachelor of science and master of education degrees from East Stroudsburg University. She was formerly a member of the faculty at Blair Academy where she initiated the women's physical education and interscholastic sports programs. She has also been inducted into the Newton High School and Sussex County (NJ) Halls of Fame. The Bloomsburg softball field is named in her honor.