Anne Rounce, a 2007 Merrimack graduate, wrapped up her eighth season at Merrimack in 2015 and owns an 99-60 career coaching record and a .623 winning percentage in those eight seasons leading the Navy and Gold. Entering 2015, she ranked third among active Division II coaches in all-time coaching win percentage with at least five years of coaching experience.
Only the fourth head coach in school history, Rounce has turned what was once a struggling program into a powerhouse in the North Region and one of the country's best. In eight years, she has recorded double-digit wins during five of those seasons and fewer than eight wins only once. She also has led the team to five straight winning seasons and five over the last six years.
2015 saw Rounce and the Warriors put together one of the most successful seasons in program history, posting the second most wins ever (16-6) and reaching the NCAA Championship for the first time ever and first time for a Merrimack Athletic team since 1994. The team advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the fourth time in five years with a dramatic first-round overtime victory in North Andover, and for the first time won in the semis, beating NE-10 Champion Stonehill, 1-0, to advance to the championship game. The team battled admirably but fell to #1 East Stroudsburg in overtime in the finals, 1-0. Rounce was named the NFHCA East Region Coach of the Year for the second time for her historic season.
Six different Warriors were selected to all-conference teams in 2015 under Rounce, as well as Mary McNeil becoming the third Warrior in seven years to be named NE-10 Rookie of the Year. Rounce also added two more names to the list of All-Americans in her tenure, as McNeil (Second Team) and Christine Zubkus (First Team) both granered that honor.
Rounce's young squad fought threw some growing pains in 2014 but still managed to secure a winning season for the fourth year in a row (9-8) and managed five victories against conference competition. The Warriors were also tough to beat at home, finishing 6-3 in North Andover. For the second time in six years, Rounce helped one of her student-athletes secure the NE-10 Rookie of the Year award (Taylor Simpson) while seeing four total Warriors earn all-conference recognition.
In 2013, after graduating arguably the most successful senior class in program history a year earlier, Rounce helped the team navigate through a rocky first few weeks before tearing through the month of October with their only loss coming against unbeaten and eventual national runner-up LIU Post on the road - in double overtime, no less. Merrimack would earn the No. 2 seed in the 2013 NE-10 Championship but bowed out in the league's semifinal round.
Still, the Warriors would garner their third consecutive NCAA Tournament at-large berth and, for the second straight year, picked up a win in the tournament's opening round to punch their third straight ticket to the NCAA Final Four. There, they would battle unbeaten LIU Post valiantly but came up just short, as Merrimack's 2013 campaign concluded with a 14-6 overall record and an appearance in the national semifinals.
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.
The 2012 season featured more history, as the Warriors earned a 3-2 victory against Bentley in the NCAA Tournament First Round for the program's first-ever win in the Big Dance. Merrimack advanced to the NCAA Semifinals both in 2011 and 2012, falling to UMass Lowell both seasons.
Rounce has coached ten All-Americans over her tenure. Four players garnered Longstreth/NFHCA All-America honors in 2011, including former Warrior April Daugherty, the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, who became the first player in program history to earn two All-America nods. Kerri Bergquist, the 2011 and 2012 NE-10 Goalie of the Year, and Jen Otis both joined Daugherty on the All-America first team in 2011 while classmate Katie Zubkus earned a spot on the second team.
In 2012, six more Warriors earned All-America status: Daughtery and Jessica Otis earned first-team nods, while Bergquist, Jen Otis, Candace Waldie and Sarah Dunbar were recognized on the second team. In 2013, Jessica Otis, Waldie, Dunbar and Katie Bishop were named All-Americans, as well, with Otis landing on the first team. Bishop earned the honor again in 2014, while 2015 added two more All-Americans in Mary McNeil and Christine Zubkus, with Zubkus named to the first team.
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.
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 then-program-record 13 games 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.