Coach Stuper Working Olympics for FIH, New York Times

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Pam Stuper. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Mentor Blogging, Serving on Appeal Jury

LONDON – In addition to seven former Bulldog student-athletes and one current assistant coach, Yale is also represented at the London Olympics by field hockey head coach Pam Stuper, who is working the games in a pair of roles.  Stuper, a member of the executive board for FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey, or International Hockey Federation) is working the Olympics as a member of the FIH Appeal Jury. She also currently chairs the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors, and is blogging about the Olympics from her perspective for the New York Times.

Stuper, a member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame who has been a part of four NCAA championship teams, led Yale to an Ivy League championship in 2011 -- the school's first since 1980. The championship came as part of a remarkable run of success for the Bulldogs in recent years under Stuper, as they have gone 34-17 overall in the last three seasons (17-4 in the Ivy League). That is the most wins in a three-year span in school history. Yale finished the 2011 season with a school-record 69 goals, marking the sixth straight season the Bulldogs have increased their goal total over the previous year.

In addition to her roles with FIH and USA Field Hockey, in the fall of 2011 Stuper was elected to the board of directors for the Pan American Hockey Federation. Her international experience dates back to her days as a player, as she was on the U.S. National Team for nine years. She participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998), one Pan American Games (1995) and two Champion's Trophy Tournaments (1995, 1997). She also was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Stuper earned a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games and a bronze in the 1994 World Cup. She added to her international experience by playing for the Amsterdam Ladies First Team, which was Dutch National League Top Division runner-up in 1996-1997.

In addition to her playing experience, Stuper also has significant experience in international competition at other levels. She has served as assistant coach or manager for U.S. teams in multiple tournaments, including earning a bronze with the Under-17 team at the Youth Pan American Games in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 2010. She has also made multiple trips abroad with the Yale field hockey team, including visits to Argentina in 2008, Greece (for the Olympic Games) and Italy in 2004 and the Netherlands in 2000.

Stuper was promoted to head coach at Yale in February of 2005 after eight years as an assistant. In addition to team success, she has coached multiple individual success stories as well. Yale has had one All-American (third team), 13 All-Region selections (seven first team, six second team) and 32 All-Ivy League selections (13 first team, 14 second team, five honorable mention) in her seven seasons at the helm.

Stuper's teams also excel in the classroom. Yale has earned National Academic Team honors from the NFHCA in each of her seasons as head coach. She also has had multiple Academic All-Ivy League selections, an NCAA postgraduate scholarship winner and a Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award honoree.

The team has also been active in the community under Stuper's leadership, including work on the "Get a Grip" campaign to benefit the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation in honor of rising senior goalkeeper Ona McConnell, who has the disease. The team also assists with the annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, which is held each spring in memory of Yale women's ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011) and her battle with cancer. Rising senior Bulldog back Lexy Adams was found to be a match for a patient in need of a life-saving transplant and donated stem cells in December 2010.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity