With former players spanning nearly four decades, 15 Final Fours and five national championships in attendance, the No. 4 ranked UConn field hockey shut out a pair of ranked opponents to open up its 2019 home slate.
Nancy Stevens does not immediately come off as the winningest coach in NCAA Division I field hockey history.
She seems too kind, like someone you’ve known all your life and just happen to be catching up with during some down time. The longer you talk to Stevens though, the qualities that make her the best of the best begin to seep through.
First, she genuinely cares. About the answers she’s giving, about her players and about the program that she has led for the past 28 seasons.
“What gives us value is that we think a lot alike. We value the student athlete experience, it’s very player-centric. We get the players involved in the decision-making because we are here to make them shine,” Stevens says. “It is not at all coach-centric here at the University of Connecticut Field Hockey. Trusting our student athletes and valuing the same things has been what has made our staff so successful.”