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Robin Balducci

 
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Robin Balducci is in her 28th season at the helm of the University of New Hampshire field hockey program in 2018.

She is the program’s all-time winningest head coach.

On Sept. 19, 2016, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced that Balducci was selected for enshrinement into the NFHCA Hall of Fame, and the induction ceremony was held Jan. 5, 2017.

Balducci was inducted into UNH's Hall of Fame in 1998 and was also part of the 1985 NCAA national championship women's lacrosse team that was enshrined in 1994.

Balducci guided UNH to the America East regular-season title and was honored as the America East Coach of the Year four consecutive years (2010-11-12-13). The Wildcats went 19-1 in conference action – including a perfect 5-0 record in 2010, 2012 and 2013 – during that span, won the tournament title in both 2011 and 2013, and finished as runner-up in ‘10 and ‘12.

During Balducci’s tenure, UNH has advanced to postseason play 22 times with four NCAA tournament appearances. Balducci became the first to receive three consecutive America East Coach of the Year accolades and, after extending that to four straight, has the most overall conference coaching awards with six (1998, 2000-10-11-12-13). Furthermore, she is a two-time Northeast Region Coach of the Year honoree (1998, 2011).

Balducci has compiled an overall record of 261-259-4 that includes 99-66-2 in America East conference play. Under her tutelage, 18 Wildcats have received All-America honors and that includes First Team selections Stacy Fimple and Rebecca Provost in 1994 as well as Marcie Boyer in 2002, Whitney Frates in 2011 and Megan Bozek in 2013. Balducci’s proteges were selected America East Offensive Player of the Year three times in a four-year span (2008-09-11), the Defensive Player of the Year two consecutive years (2012, 2013) and Goalkeeper of the Year in ‘13.

Balducci recorded her 250th career victory Sept. 26, 2015, when the Wildcats upended UMass Lowell, 2-1. She reached the 200-win milestone when UNH defeated the College of the Holy Cross, 5-0, on Sept. 16, 2011. Balducci tallied her 100th career victory on October 14, 2000, when the Blue and White defeated the University of Vermont. All three milestone victories came at New Hampshire’s Memorial Field.

Last year, the Wildcats were 2-1 victors at nationally-ranked Albany to spark a 4-1 record the last five games of the regular season. New Hamsphire was ousted in the America East quarterfinals to finish 7-12 overall. Two UNH student-athletes were named regional All-Americans; that duo was joined by a teammate on the all-conference team.