Aug. 25, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern head coach and former University of Connecticut standout Tracey Fuchs
will be honored on Sunday, Aug. 31 following the Wildcats' contest at UConn.
Fuchs, who played at UConn from 1984-87, was a member of UConn's 1985 National Championship squad and was a two-time Olympian. The three-time All-America selection (1985, 1986, 1987) was also the 1987 recipient of the Honda-Broderick Award, which recognizes the national player of the year.
As a player at Connecticut, Fuchs tallied 79 goals, 20 assists and 178 points, a figure that ranks second in UConn history. She is one of just three Husky players to have recorded at least 70 career goals and one of just four Huskies to have won the Honda-Broderick Award.
"The UConn Field Hockey family is proud to honor our greatest Husky on Sunday," said head coach Nancy Stevens. "Tracey's Hall-of-Fame career has inspired everyone who has worn the UConn uniform. As we welcome Tracey back to campus, we want to thank her for representing UConn Field Hockey at the highest level. She continues to make all of us very proud."
After a stellar collegiate career, Fuchs went on to become a two-time USA Field Hockey Athlete of the Year (1990, '93), and a member of two Olympic and four World Cup teams. She has participated in more international matches (268) than any other player in U.S. field hockey history. Fuchs gained extensive leadership experience as a 17-year member of the national team, serving as team captain for 14 seasons. She racked up 69 international goals and in 1994 was named to the President's XI, a world all-star team chosen to play the Australian Hockeyroos in honor of the International Hockey Federation's 75th Anniversary.
Fuchs also has established herself as a permanent fixture on the United States national program circuit, serving as the head coach of the U.S. Junior National team from 2005-09. In that role, Fuchs guided the 2008 team to a historic victory at the Pan American Junior Championships in Mexico City, posting a 2-1 overtime win in the finals against Argentina, which had won all five tournaments dating to 1988.
During the summer of 2013, she was an assistant coach for Team USA at the Junior World Cup in Germany. In April 2014, Fuchs received the ultimate honor in the sport as she was elected to the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame.
Since her arrival at Northwestern, the Wildcats have posted five winnings seasons (66-35) after finishing at or below .500 for the 13 years prior to her arrival. Northwestern won a share of the Big Ten regular-season title last season, the program's first since 1994. The 'Cats have earned top-10 national rankings each of the last two years.
Sunday's match will be just the second time the two programs have met on the pitch after the Huskies downed the Wildcats, 2-0, in the 1983 National Semifinals.
A native of Centereach (N.Y.) High School, Fuchs earned a bachelor's degree in sports management and marketing from Connecticut in 1988.
Northwestern opens its 2014 season at 2 p.m. Central time Friday at Boston University prior to making the trip to Storrs.
University of Connecticut contributed to this story.
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