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    Northwestern Extends Contract of Tracey Fuchs Through 2018

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tracey Fuchs guided the field hockey program to its highest win total in 23 years last season.
    Tracey Fuchs guided the field hockey program to its highest win total in 23 years last season.

    Aug 19, 2013

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern head field hockey coach Tracey Fuchs has received a contract extension through 2018 Vice President of Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips has announced.

    "Tracey has done a terrific job of establishing our field hockey program as one of the top programs in the nation in a short period time, including earning a top-10 national ranking a year ago," Phillips said. "Her teams have been leaders in the classroom with 52 Academic All-Big Ten selections over a four-year span while also making community service a top priority. She is well respected within the coaching community as evidenced by her involvement with USA Field Hockey over the years. Our team's best days are still ahead and we're excited to have one of the most accomplished individuals in her sport at the helm for many years to come."

    "Dr. Phillips and President Shapiro have created a truly excellent environment for individuals to develop as the best possible athletes and students," said Fuchs. "I am enormously grateful for their vision and for the commitment they have made to me and to the entire Northwestern field hockey community as we continue our march to a championship."

    In her first four seasons in Evanston, Fuchs has compiled a 51-30 record with the team notching double-digit wins each year. Prior to her arrival, Northwestern hadn't recorded a 10-win season since 1995.

    A year ago, Fuchs led the Wildcats to a 16-4 record as the team posted 15 victories over a 16-game stretch. NU climbed as high as No. 8 in the NFHCA national rankings and notched seven wins over ranked opponents. The 16 overall wins were the most by a Northwestern team since 1989.

    Under Fuchs' guidance, Chelsea Armstrong established herself as one of the elite scorers in NCAA history. Armstrong became just the ninth Division I player all-time to score 100 career goals. The Perth, Australia, native was a three-time All-American (two-time first-team selection), a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year as well as a four-time first-team All-Big Ten and All-West Region selection.



    Tara Puffenberger was also recognized as an All-American in 2012 as she earned third-team recognition. In addition, Nikki Parsley earned her second consecutive first-team All-Big Ten award and represented Team USA at the Junior Pan American Games in Mexico, the Four Nations Tournament in New Zealand and the Junior World Cup in Germany. Newcomer Lisa McCarthy also became the first Northwestern player to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

    Fuchs was named USA Field Hockey's National Coach of the Year in 2005 after leading her squad to a seventh-place finish at the Junior World Cup, the best showing ever by an American team at the event. She has also served as the head coach of the U.S. Junior National Team from 2005-09 and was an assistant on the Senior National Team as well as the U-17 team. Most recently, she was an assistant for Team USA at the Junior World Cup in Germany during the summer of 2013.


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