Head Coach Nancy Stevens wrote one short sentence on the locker room mirror prior to the start of UConn Field Hockey’s 2017 season. She then repeated that sentence in the locker room only moments before the team won the National Championship. One short sentence that empowered them, loosened them up, gave them confidence. What did she write?


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Show Notes

6:20 How Nancy got started down the coaching path

11:50 Your team WILL have a culture, be proactive in shaping it

17:20 How do you recruit those inherent character traits?

27:35 Have we created athletes who care more about getting than giving?

32:55 The harder you try to win, the harder it is to get there

50:20 Once you achieve success, how do you sustain it?

58:35 You have to work with both sides of the brain


About Nancy Stevens

Three-time national champion University of Connecticut field hockey coach Nancy Stevens and the word success are synonymous. Having completed her 28th season at Connecticut and her 39th overall as a head coach, Stevens has firmly secured the tradition of UConn field hockey among the nation’s best.

Recognized as one of the top collegiate field hockey coaches in the nation, she has compiled an impressive 662-181-24 record for a .777 winning percentage over her previous 39 seasons.

Most recently, Stevens led the Huskies to their fifth national championship and third in five years, while guiding the program to its first undefeated season (23-0) and captured the sixth perfect season in the history of the NCAA sport. Just a few weeks prior, she led UConn to its sixth-straight BIG EAST Tournament title, 17th overall, including its 17th-ever BIG EAST Regular Season Championship. This years trip to the Final Four marked the program’s 15th overall showing in the NCAA semifinals and fifth-straight appearance.

In 2013, Stevens became the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I Field Hockey history, surpassing Old Dominion coach Beth Anders as the sport’s all-time winner.


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Website: UConn Huskies Field Hockey

Email: [email protected]



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