LANCASTER, Pa. -- Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, added another Hall of Fame honor on Wednesday night as she was inducted in the Lancaster County Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony, including three other inductees, took place at Eden Resort & Suites in Lancaster, Pa. Stuper had previously been inducted into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame and the Halls of Fame at Old Dominion (where she played) and James Madison (as an assistant coach with the 1994 NCAA Championship team). She is also a member of the Hempfield High School Hall of Fame, the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame.
Stuper is in her 13th year as Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey and is the school's all-time leader in wins (93). She led the Bulldogs 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, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. They went 24-11 in the Ivy League in the five seasons from 2009 through 2013, the second-best record in the league in that span.
As an assistant at Yale, Stuper helped guide the Bulldogs to three ECAC Championships (1998, 2002 and 2003) in eight seasons. Prior to joining the Yale staff, she was an assistant coach at James Madison from 1993-1995. Stuper has been a part of four NCAA championship teams -- three as a student-athlete at ODU and one as an assistant coach at JMU.
Stuper is also involved with the game on an international level, and she currently serves as a member of the Executive Board for FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey, or International Hockey Federation), the international governing body for the sport of field hockey.
Stuper's international experience dates 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.
Stuper and the Bulldogs are within reach of several impressive achievements this season. Entering this Friday's game at Penn, the team has seven wins and could finish the season with as many as 12 victories -- a total that would tie for second-most in school history.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity