November 16, 2009
Hutchinson Named NFHCA Regional Coach of the Year
BLOOMSBURG--One day after capping off her final field hockey season with an NCAA Division II national championship, Bloomsburg University head coach Jan Hutchinson was named the 2009 Dita/NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) South Region Coach of the Year.
During 2009 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 on Sunday, 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 this season 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.
The Dita/NFHCA National Coach of the Year will be announced on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 at the NFHCA Coaches Luncheon in Richmond, VA.
Hutchinson has been chosen as the national Division II Coach of the Year six times in her career, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Her 2006 team went undefeated and untied on its way to the NCAA D-II championship.
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.