Michele Madison

Head coach Michele Madison has spent 13 seasons at the helm of the Cavalier field hockey program.

She's a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame and a former assistant US National Team and Olympic coach. She led UVA to 11 NCAA Tournament berths, including national semifinals appearances in 2009 and 2010, and winning the first ACC title in program history in 2016. After leading her squad to the regular season conference title, she was named the 2017 ACC Field Hockey Coach of the Year, becoming just the second Virginia head coach to win the honor.

Madison, who in 2012 became just the 26th head coach in NCAA Division I history to hit the 300-win mark, currently ranks eighth among active coaches in career wins and has accumulated more wins than any other coach in Virginia program history. In 2019, she will be going for the 400th win of her collegiate coaching career, entering the season with a career record of 394-290-8.

During her tenure in Charlottesville, Madison has recruited and coached a three four-time All-Americans, Paige Selenski, Elly Buckley and Tara Vittese, who was the first player in program history to be named to the first team all four years of her career. In all, eight different Cavaliers have earned 22 All-America honors while playing for Madison.

Under Madison’s guidance, Tara Vittese became the first Cavalier and third-ever ACC player to be named the Longstreth/NFHCA National Player of the Year. As the recipient of the honor in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Vittese is the only player to ever be deemed top player in the country by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association three times in her career. Vittese was also a two-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year, the only Cavalier to twice be named the top player in the conference.

Two other of Madison's All-Americans, Selenski and Michelle Vittese, helped the U.S. National Team to its first gold medal at the Pan American Games in October 2011. Vittese, the 2012 USA Field Hockey Player of the year, and Selenski also competed with the US squad at the 2012 London Olympics and have helped elevate the US squad to a world No. 5 ranking in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Vittese went on to compete in Rio with Selenski, hampered by injuries, named as an alternate to the squad.

Madison, a former member of the NCAA National Field Hockey Committee, has served as a collegiate head coach for 30 years.