COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Head Coach Carolyn King Robitaille of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team was named the recipient of USA Field Hockey's National Coach Award on Thursday, Feb. 15.
The award is presented to a USA Field Hockey Coach Member that exemplifies the values of sportsmanship, fair play and healthy competition. The individual honored is dedicated to their craft and works tirelessly to make their players, fellow coaches and the field hockey community better.
The award winners will be recognized at the 2018 Hall of Fame and Awards Gala on Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 in Baltimore, Md.
"Coach King stands at the top of the pillars this award represents. Her tireless efforts to build a championship caliber program, while at the same time growing the sport of field hockey within the community, are admirable," said Director of Athletics Daron Montgomery.
"Carolyn seeks little recognition for what she does, which underscores why she's so deserving. She exudes the very Anselmian traits we look for in leaders and coaches who serve as role models for student-athletes."
Since joining the Hawks prior to the 2012-13 academic year, King Robitaille has dramatically transformed the fortunes of the field hockey program on the Hilltop. Since taking over the coaching reins, King Robitaille has racked up 69 victories while winning nearly 60% of her team's games.
In the previous three seasons alone, the Hawks have posted an outstanding 49-12 overall record while claiming victory in 30-of-36 regular season games against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Under her guidance, Saint Anselm has been nationally ranked in 19-straight weeks since Sept. 13, 2016.
Postseason play has also become the norm for the Saint Anselm field hockey team. The Hawks have qualified for the NE10 postseason in three-straight seasons and have earned trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2016 and 2017. Saint Anselm has won back-to-back regular season conference championships in those years as well.
King Robitaille has also coached all eight of Saint Anselm's National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America selections. Her student-athletes have earned 16 NE10 All-Conference placements and the two-time conference Coach of the Year (2016, 2017) has also tutored back-to-back NE10 Defensive Players of the Year (Elizabeth Alie, 2016; Erin Collins, 2017).
She has also helped to grow the game in the Granite State, hosting camps and clinics for players of all skill levels while partnering with fellow NCAA Division II coaches in the region to provide top-notch instruction for local youths. King Robitaille was also asked to serve on various coach education panels for the upcoming USA Field Hockey Summit.
She is a co-founder of the Manchester Hockey Roos, a collaboration between high school and college coaches to grow the sport, teach leadership and build feeder programs for local high schools. The program also introduces students to field hockey through physical education units at various elementary schools and after school programs throughout the community, free of charge.