January 13, 2010
Jan Hutchinson Named National Coach of the Year
BLOOMSBURG--Bloomsburg University field hockey coach Jan Hutchinson added one final honor to her coaching resume after being named the Dita/NFHCA National Coach of the Year at the NFHCA Coaches Luncheon in Richmond, VA. It is the second consecutive year that Hutchinson has been honored as the National Coach of the Year.
During the 2009 season Hutchinson guided the Huskies to a mark of 22-1 and the school's fourth straight and 16th overall national title (13 NCAA Division II, two NCAA Division III and one AIAW). The Huskies capped off the magical season for their retiring coach by beating UMass-Lowell, 3-2, for the championship. It marked the second time (1996-99 the other) in school history that the Huskies have won four straight NCAA titles. Bloomsburg also captured its 16th Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship for Hutchinson who was named the PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year.
Hutchinson will retire as field hockey coach with a record of 591-75-20. She is the all-time leader in career wins on the college level regardless of division.
Hutchinson has now been chosen as the national Division II Coach of the Year seven times in her career, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009. Her 2006 team went undefeated and untied on its way to the NCAA D-II championship.
Her 2008 team set numerous school, conference and NCAA Division II marks, including a record for goals scored in a season with 161, shattering the mark of 132 set by the Huskies in 2007. She also coached Jamie Vanartsdalen, the NCAA all-time record holder for goals and points in a season and career.
Four athletes on the 2009 team achieved NFHCA All-American honors, bringing the total under Hutchinson to 54 performers who have combined to win 105 All-American awards. Under Hutchinson's leadership, 12 Bloomsburg players, including Maggey Bloskey in 2009 and Vanartsdalen in 2007 and 2008, have been named national "Player of the Year", the most of any coach in Division II.
A 1971 graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Hutchinson also earned a master's degree in education from the school in 1979. Prior to Bloomsburg, she initiated the women's physical education program at Blair Academy and served as head coach for field hockey, basketball and softball. She has also been inducted into the Newton High School and Sussex County (NJ) Halls of Fame. In the year 2000, the Bloomsburg softball field was named in her honor.
Hutchinson will coach of the Huskies 2010 softball team then will step down following what will be here 33rd season with the team.