Former Salisbury University All-American Lindsey Elliott begins her fourth season as head field hockey coach at the University of Mary Washington, and if her first three years are any indication, Elliott has the Eagles in prime position to remain one of the nation’s elite programs.
The 2012 National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association Region Coach of the Year, Elliott led UMW to a season for the ages in 2012, posting a 20-2 record and advancing to the NCAA Division III national championship semifinals in Geneva, N.Y. She also gained Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors after finishing with an undefeated league record en route to the league regular season and tournament titles.
The Eagles remained one of the top teams in the nation in 2013, finishing 15-3 overall and ranking as high as sixth in the nation. All three of UMW’s losses came to top-five ranked opponents.
Elliott led the Eagles to a 15-5 overall record in 2011, her first at the helm at UMW. She started her career by knocking off nationally-ranked Lynchburg College and Lebanon Valley College en route to a 15-win season which saw the team ranked as high as tenth in the nation. The Eagles raced to a 10-1 home record, with wins over state foes such as Washington & Lee University, Randolph-Macon College, and nationally-ranked Christopher Newport University.
Elliott was a two-time first team All-American forward at Salisbury University, where she won an NCAA Division III national championship and played in four NCAA Tournaments from 2000-2003. A two-time Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, she was twice named to the all-NCAA tournament team at the final four.
As an assistant coach for four years at Salisbury from 2004-2007, she was part of two more national championship squads, as the Sea Gulls finished with an 80-7 record during that time, winning four CAC Championships. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury in 2004 in physical education, and gained her Master of Education degree from Salisbury in 2006.