Carolyn King Robitaille is in her sixth season as the field hockey head coach at Saint Anselm after being appointed to the position Aug. 8, 2012.
Last season in 2016, the Hawks had their best season in program history, posting a 17-5 overall record while going 10-2 in the NE10 to earn the Regular Season Championship. They parlayed that into the program's first NE10 Championship appearance, NCAA Tournament appearance and first showing in the National Semifinals. She was named both the Northeast-10 and NFHCA East Region Coach of the Year and she coached three NFHCA All-Americans in Elizabeth Alie, Katherine Sears and Erin Collins, while freshman Hannah Friend was named to the Synapse Sports All-Freshman Team. Alie was named the NE10 Defensive Player of the Year, while Sears earned Goalkeeper of the Year honors in the league.
In 2015, Robitaille led the Hawks to a 15-4 overall mark and the team's first NE-10 Tournament bid since the 2007 season. Saint Anselm smashed the program record for wins in a season and went a perfect 12-0 at home, while getting off to the best start in program history at 6-0. She also coached a pair of NFHCA All-Americans and First Team All-NE10 selections in Meagan Halligan and Elizabeth Alie in 2015.
Robitaille has coached four First Team and eight Second Team All-NE10 choices, four NE10 All-Rookie players, 26 NFHCA All-Academic honorees and three NE10 All-Academic winners in her time at Saint Anselm. Her team also has a 100 percent graduation rate for four-year players.
In 2014, she helped the Hawks to the then best start in program history (5-1) before finishing 8-9, which was just one win shy of equaling the program record. In her first season on the job in 2012, Robitaille's team matched the 6-12 record of the previous year's squad. She then shaved off a loss the next season, going 6-11 in 2013.
Robitaille, a native of Hanover, Mass., arrived on the Hilltop after serving the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at SUNY Cortland. In her final season in 2011, the Red Dragons finished 12-7 after extending their NCAA Tournament appearance streak to 13 straight seasons and capturing a SUNYAC Championship. In 2010, Cortland dropped a 1-0 decision in the SUNYAC final and then fell by one in the NCAA Regionals to conclude the season at 16-5.
Prior to joining Cortland, Robitaille was an assistant coach with Bates College for three seasons, including 2008 when the Bobcats earned a tournament berth in the competitive NESCAC conference. Robitaille also served as an assistant softball coach at Bates in 2009 and 2010.
In addition, Robitaille holds a United States Field Hockey Level II certification and is the site director for the USA Field Hockey Futures development Program held at Saint Anselm. Robitaille has also served as head coach of the U16 Granite State Elite club team.
Robitaille was a four-year varsity field hockey forward at Bates from 2003-06 and also played catcher for the softball team from 2004-05. Internationally, Robitaille suited up in South Africa as an independent player in 2006, played in Holland that same year as a member of the Bates squad and then traveled to Argentina as a member of the Bates coaching staff in 2009.
She is currently the NE-10 field hockey coaches' chair and is an active member of the NFHCA, USA Field Hockey and the Alliance of Women Coaches (NCAA Women Coaches Academy – Class 39).
Robitaille received her B.A. in English from Bates in 2007 and then obtained her Master's Degree in English from Cortland in 2012. She was married last year and most recently bought a house in Manchester this past spring.
|Year||Overall Record||NE10 Record/Finish
|2016||17-5||10-2/1st||NE10 Championship Game | NCAA Semifinals|
|2015||15-4||9-3/T-3rd||NE10 Championship Quarterfinals|
|Total (5 seasons)||52-41 (.559)