2018 National Coach of the Year Award Winner Video: Carolyn King Robitaille

March 12, 2018, 8:14 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - March 12, 2018 - Each week, USA Field Hockey will be celebrating a Hall of Fame Inductee, Honorary Member or Award Winner prior to the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame and Awards Gala, presented by STX, on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Md.

USA Field Hockey is proud to announce that Carolyn King Robitaille was selected as the People’s Choice National Coach of the Year.

Saint Anselm College is a liberal arts college with just under 2,000 students, located in Manchester, N.H. Its mission is to educate students in the Benedictine tradition, and their alumni and students are distinguished by their lives of meaning, leadership and achievement. Saint Anselm’s field hockey coach is distinguished too and is a true leader in the sport.

King Robitaille took the reins as head coach of Saint Anselm in 2012 and has dramatically transformed the fortunes of their field hockey program. In her tenure, postseason play has become the norm. The Hawks won back-to-back regular season conferences, qualified for the Northeast 10 postseason in three-straight seasons and earned trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2016 and 2017. Coach King Robitaille was also honored as Conference Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017. Eight of her players were All-Americas, 16 were All-Conference and her team’s graduation rate for four-year players is 100%. 

King Robitaille, a native of Hanover, Mass., was a four-year varsity player at Bates College, where she also played softball.

According to Saint Anselm’s Director of Athletics, Daron Montgomery, "Coach King [Robitaille] stands at the top of the pillars this award represents. Her tireless efforts to build a championship caliber program, while at the same time growing the sport of field hockey within the community, are admirable. Carolyn seeks little recognition for what she does, which underscores why she's so deserving.”

King Robitaille’s contributions to growing the game in the Granite State and beyond are numerous. She is a co-founder of the Manchester Hockey Roos, a collaboration between high school and college coaches to grow the sport, teach leadership and build feeder programs for local high schools. Hockey Roos introduces students to field hockey through physical education units at various elementary schools and after school programs throughout the community, free of charge. She also partners with fellow NCAA Division II coaches in the region to provide top-notch instruction for local boys and girls.  

This past December, King Robitaille also participated in USA Field Hockey’s first-ever Coach Educator Training, and has already led multiple Level 1 Instructional Coaching Clinics to teach, mentor and develop coaches of all levels throughout New England.

Join us as we celebrate and honor all of the 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees, Honorary Members and Award Winners on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Tickets to the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame and Awards Gala can be purchased by clicking here.