“At every level, Tracey Fuchs has made an indelible mark in the sport of field hockey,” Phillips said. “Starting with being known as the Michael Jordan of USA Field Hockey as a player, on to her time as a coach on the National level and then leading a Big Ten championship squad, Tracey has garnered a tremendous amount of respect throughout the industry.
“She has been an incredible ambassador for our University in her nine years at Northwestern,” Phillips said. “The future of our field hockey program is extremely bright with Tracey at the helm. Her teams exemplify all the traits of exceptional student-athletes, having excelled in competition, in the classroom and in the community. We’re fortunate to have Tracey as a member of our Northwestern family and we’re thrilled to have her in Evanston for many years to come.”
“Northwestern is such an amazing place to work, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to continue my coaching career here in Evanston,” said Fuchs. “We have, by far, the best leadership in the country with President Schapiro and Dr. Phillips with their passion and drive for excellence, both athletically and academically. Their vision for the future, demonstrated by the state-of-the-art athletic facilities and development on campus is second to none.
“I am surrounded each and every day by the most incredible coaches, student-athletes and support staff in collegiate athletics. At Northwestern, I am inspired on a day-to-day basis by my co-workers and administration, and I look forward to providing continued leadership to our program’s success.”
In her nine seasons heading the Wildcats, Fuchs has compiled a 123-66 record while leading Northwestern to a pair of Big Ten titles (2013, 2014) and two NCAA tournament appearances (2014, 2017). NU is coming off a 15-7 season, earning an NCAA tournament bid and defeating eighth-ranked Louisville to advance to the national quarterfinal round.
Under Fuchs’ guidance, Northwestern has cracked the top 10 in the national rankings each of the last six seasons. Her players have collected a total of 11 All-America honors, including at least one in each of the last eight years. Individuals coached by Fuchs have been bestowed 28 All-Big Ten accolades and 29 NFHCA All-West Region honors.
The Wildcats garnered a share of their first Big Ten title in 19 years when they captured a piece of the 2013 regular season crown before winning the school’s first conference tournament title the following year, earning NU’s first NCAA tournament berth in two decades.
Fuchs’ teams have performed exceptionally in the classroom as well, earning a total of 121 Academic All-Big Ten recognitions.
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