April Fronzoni, a 2004 graduate of the University of Michigan and one of the most successful collegiate field hockey players this decade, joined the Wildcats staff in August, 2008, serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2008 campaign before moving into her current role as a full-time assistant coach. She played an instrumental role in NU's turnaround season in 2009 and has taken a lead on all aspects of the NU field hockey program, from on-field coaching to opposing team scouting to camp administration.
Fronzoni arrived at Northwestern on the heels of an impressive field hockey career at both the collegiate and international levels.
A four-time letterwinner in field hockey at Michigan, Fronzoni concluded her Wolverine career as the all-time leader in goals (68) and points (155). She was the first player in program history to be named Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Year in 2002 and was tabbed Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in both 2002 and 2003.
Fronzoni, a three-time NFHCA All-American and All-Big Ten Conference selection, was also a member of the 2001 NCAA Championship team--the first title in Michigan's program history--and earned all-tournament honors that year. The first player in Michigan history to receive All-American honors three times, Fronzoni twice was a finalist for field hockey's Honda Broderick Award (2002 and 2003), presented annually to the nation's best collegiate field hockey player.
Current Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs, who spent 12 years as an assistant and associate head coach in Ann Arbor, helped mentor Fronzoni throughout her four-year stint playing for Michigan.
On the international scene, Fronzoni played forward and scored 15 goals in 60 career caps, including a goal in the United States' 3-1 win over South Africa in the 2006 World Cup. She has been a member of USA Field Hockey every year since 1998, starting with the Under-16 National Team and as recently as 2007-08 with the USA National Team. She served as an alternate for the 2008 Women's Olympic Field Hockey Team that competed in Beijing, China and was also a member of the 2004 U.S. National Field Hockey Olympic Qualifying Team (Auckland, New Zealand).
Fronzoni, a native of Larksville, Pa., received her degree in sports management and communication from the University of Michigan in 2004.