|Title:||Head Field Hockey Coach|
Anne Rounce, a 2007 Merrimack graduate, enters her sixth season at Merrimack and owns a 60-40 career coaching record with a .600 winning percentage in just five previous seasons leading the Navy and Gold.
Named the NFHCA National and Regional Coach of the Year in 2011 after guiding the Warriors to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, Rounce followed up a historic season with another year's worth of history in 2012. Merrimack posted a 17-4 record and lay claim to yet another Northeast-10 Conference regular season crown.
Guiding one of the nation's best offenses throughout the year, Merrimack earned a second straight ticket to the NCAA Tournament last fall and posted a historic, 3-2 victory against Bentley in the First Round of the Big Dance, representing the Warriors' first-ever NCAA Tournament victory that helped them return to the NCAA Final Four for the second straight fall.
Rounce saw several of her players earn all-conference distinction last year, with 2012 graduate Kerri Bergquist earning a second consecutive NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year honors. Six Warriors also earned Longstreth/NFHCA All-American honors, while Merrimack climbed to as high as No. 4 in the national rankings in 2012.
But it was a remarkable 2011 season that put Merrimack field hockey on the map, as Rounce led the team to a 17-3 record that year. She was also honored as the Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year for leading Merrimack to an undefeated 10-0 record in league games en route to the program’s first-ever Northeast-10 regular season title.
Four players garnered All-America honors in 2011 under Rounce’s tutelage. April Daugherty, the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, became the first player in program history to earn two All-America nods. Bergquist, the 2011 NE-10 Goalie of the Year, and Jen Otis both joined Daugherty on the All-America first team while classmate Katie Zubkus earned a spot on the second team.
In 2011, the Warriors attained the highest national ranking in program history as they finished the year ranked No. 3 in the NFHCA National Poll. Merrimack set a new record for most consecutive victories by any team in school history, rattling off 17-straight wins at one point.
The Warriors sported an 8-11 record and 4-6 league mark in 2010. Rounce led Merrimack to the program's first-ever victories over Stonehill and Bentley during the 2010 campaign. Five players earned Northeast-10 Conference postseason honors at the conclusion of the season.
Rounce orchestrated the biggest one-year turnaround in program history in her second year. With five wins in her first year, Rounce won a program-record 13 in 2009 and also took her team to the NE-10 Semifinals for the first time in school history. For engineering an eight-game improvement and national ranking as high as No. 8, she was recognized as the 2009 Division II Field Hockey Coach of the Year on November 16 by womensfieldhockey.com.
Named the Merrimack head field hockey coach on April 16, 2008, Rounce guided the Warriors to a 5-14 record in her first season, led by Northeast-10 All-Conference rookie team selections Victoria DeLacey and Stephanie Heasman.
Rounce, who spent the 2007 field hockey season as an assistant coach with the Warriors, played for four seasons at Merrimack, graduating with a degree in math and elementary education. She has worked at a number of camps in the New England area and successfully coordinated the first Merrimack alumni event in 2008, bringing back 17 alums of the field hockey program.
A South Windsor, Conn., native, she was a team captain in 2006, while posting two assists and firing 28 shots in 17 games. She finished her Warrior career with five goals and nine assists (19 points), while starting in 60 of the 72 games she appeared in. A two-year captain and recipient of the Team Leadership award in 2007, she was named the team MVP in 2004 and 2005.
Rounce currently resides in Andover, Mass.