University of Scranton field hockey coach Colleen Moyer orchestrated quite a turnaround by the Royals this season, and as a result received prestigious national honors from Synapse Sports.
Moyer was named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year by the organization, which promotes field hockey and women’s lacrosse nationally and internationally.
Moyer, a graduate of Lake-Lehman, was chosen after she led the Royals to a 15-3 overall record and the second seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs just one season after the team went 5-12 and missed the postseason. The Royals began the season with 15 straight victories, a school record for both longest winning streak and best start to a season.
Under Moyer’s leadership, Scranton finished this past season ranked sixth in NCAA Division III in winning percentage (.833), 17th in goals-against average (1.03), 18th in scoring margin (2.18) and 25th in goals per game (3.28).
A native of Shavertown, Moyer, known then as Colleen Mahon, was a standout at Lake-Lehman and a four-year letter-winner in field hockey for Drew University from 2001-2004. She served as team captain her senior year as the Rangers posted a 14-8 overall record, won the Freedom Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. She was also a three-time first-team all-conference selection.
In addition to being named Freedom Conference tri-player of the year, Moyer was named all-regional and all-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). She was also a two-time member of the NHFCA Academic Squad, three-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll, as well as being named the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW) Woman of the Year and Drew University Alumni Association Female Athlete of the Year for 2005. She was also named the Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year in 2001.
Colleen Moyer’s 13-year tenure as Scranton’s head field hockey coach has been highlighted by nine seasons of 10 or more victories and eight postseason tournament appearances. She has a career record of 136-105.
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