Head coach Anne Rounce of the Merrimack field hockey team has been selected as the 2011 Division II National Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Rounce was presented with the award at the annual NFHCA Coaches Recognition Luncheon January 13 in Philadelphia, PA.
Rounce, the 2011 NFHCA North Region Coach of the Year, guided the Warriors to a school-record 17 wins and the program's first-ever Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season Championship this fall. Merrimack reached the finals of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament before falling to UMass Lowell.
The Warriors earned their first-ever berth to the NCAA Tournament, earning the top seed in the North Region and a trip to the Final Four.
Under Rounce's tutelage, four players earned NFHCA All-America honors this season. April Daugherty (Wakefield, RI), Jen Otis (Penacook, NH) and Kerri Bergquist (Mashpee, MA) were all tabbed to the first team while Katie Zubkus (Dover, NH) hauled in second team accolades.
Rounce was also recognized by the Northeast-10 Conference as she was voted the Coach of the Year this season.
The Warriors placed eight on the all-conference squads this year while Daugherty earned Player of the Year honors and Bergquist was named Goalie of the Year.
Merrimack finished the fall attaining its highest national ranking in program history, No. 3 in the country.
After dropping the first game of the season, the Warriors rattled off a school-record 17-consecutive victories. Merrimack posted a 17-3 overall record and went undefeated in league play with a 10-0 mark this year.
Rounce, a 2007 Merrimack graduate, recently completed her fourth season on the Warriors' sideline.