DeLorenzo Earns Coach of the Year Honors

December 8, 2004

12/8/04 - For the second straight season, Middlebury College field hockey coach Katharine DeLorenzo has been named the NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) New England Coach of the Year. She is one of six finalists for the National Coach of the Year which will be presented in January.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

DeLorenzo led the team to a second straight trip to the NCAA Championship game in '04 with an 18-2 record. The Panthers advanced to the NESCAC title game this fall, while once again hosting an NCAA Regional. The '04 squad also set a new school record with nine shutouts. DeLorenzo now has a career mark of 57-14 over four years at Middlebury.

DeLorenzo graduated from <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Goucher College in '90, where she was an All-American field hockey and lacrosse player, as well as a swimmer. Following graduation, she attended Indiana State University where she earned her master's degree in athletic administration in '92. While at Indiana State, she began her coaching career with a two-year stint as an assistant field hockey coach for Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament in '91. After receiving her master's, DeLorenzo took a position at Oberlin College in Ohio as the head field hockey and lacrosse coach in the fall of '92, becoming an assistant athletic director during her third and final year.

DeLorenzo began working at Skidmore College in the fall of '95 as the head field hockey and lacrosse coach. She led the field hockey team to NCAA Tournament appearances in '98 and '99 and was named the UCAA (Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association) coach of the year in both of those seasons. She earned a six-year record of 69-37 at Skidmore, including a school-record 18 wins in '99 when she was named the NFCAA Regional Coach of the Year. That season, her team also captured the UCAA Championship.

She is an active member of several field hockey national committees, including stints with several rules committees, such as the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association) National Rules Committee, on which she currently serves. DeLorenzo directs clinics on Middlebury's campus throughout the year. She is also the director of two Nike field hockey camps as well as being involved with the USFHA (United States Field Hockey Association) Futures Program.