IU Announces Search for New Head Field Hockey Coach and Thanks Amy Robertson for Her Dedicated Service
IU thanks Amy Robertson for her dedicated service
Lipton joins the Hoosiers after spending three seasons at Saint Louis
In 15 seasons, Indiana University head coach Amy Robertson has built the program from the ground up and transformed it into one of the nation's premiere programs. Robertson came to Indiana in 2000 to lead the newly-reinstated field hockey program in its inaugural season.
Robertson has compiled a 134-141 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances in her 15 seasons at IU. For her remarkable elevation of the program, Robertson garnered the Big Ten's Coach of the Year honor in 2003 and 2005's Dita/NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year laurel. She was also named head coach of the 2007 Midwest High Performance team and led them to a second place finish at the national tournament. Robertson's teams succeed on the field and in the classroom. At Indiana, Robertson has mentored five All-Americans, 30 All-Big Ten selections, 29 All-West Region honorees, one U.S. Olympic Field Hockey member and one Honda Award semifinalist. Off the field, IU boasts 143 Academic All-Big Ten awards, 133 NFHCA National Academic Squad selections and the 2010 Rhodes Scholar select in Mutsa Mutembwa. In her 25 years as both a head and assistant coach, Robertson coached 11 student-athletes who have played on the National Team, 16 All-Americans and 12 Under-18 and Under-21 National Team members, including current seniors Audra Heilman and Maggie Olson, as well as junior Sydney Supica, who recently competed at the U.S. Field Hockey Under-21 Women's National Championship. Under her guidance, the Hoosiers vaulted from a group of club players, who mustered a record of 1-12 in 2000, to a top-20 team in the country with some of the college game's elite competitors.
Indiana opened up the 2014 campaign with eight straight wins, a program record for the best start in history. The Hoosiers also set a new mark when they defeated No. 4 Duke on Oct. 4, the biggest upset in program history. Indiana was led by senior Audra Heilman, who opened the season with two straight hat tricks and finished the year with 14 goals and five assists. For her efforts Heilman was named a Longstreth/NFHCA Second Team All-American, as well as First Team All-Big Ten and All-West Region. In addition, junior Sydney Supica earned Second Team All-Big Ten and All-West Region honors.
In 2013 the Hoosiers won six of their first eight games, including three straight shutouts. Junior Audra Heilman set a program record for points in a game with nine. Heilman earned First Team All-Big Ten honors, All-Region honors and All-America honors for the season. Senior Hannah Boyer earned the Spirit of Indiana Director's Award, given by Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass to two students that best represent the Spirit of Indiana.
The Hoosiers kicked off the 2012 campaign with four-straight victories, including a 3-2 overtime win over Louisville thanks to a game-winning goal from 2012 first team All-Big Ten selection Morgan Fleetwood. After dropping its next contest in a game-deciding shootout to Ohio, Indiana bounced back in a big way with a shootout victory over No. 22 ranked California. That win would land the Hoosiers with a No. 24 national ranking in the NFHCA polls. At the conclusion of the regular season, Indiana headed to the Big Ten Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa. There, the Hoosiers blanked Northwestern 4-0 and improved to 3-0 in postseason play against the Wildcats. In the semifinal game, IU's season would come to a close, but a pair of Hoosiers were recognized on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team in Viki Green and Mariella Grote. Three members of the 2012 squad earned All-Big Ten accolades, with Fleetwood taking first team honors and Hannah Boyer and Audra Heilman earning second team nods. Fleetwood and Heilman would later take homeLongstreth/NFHCA All-West Region Honors. Fleetwood then landed All-American status when she was namedthird team All-American by Synapse Sports/womensfieldhockey.com.
In 2011, Robertson earned her 100th career victory as a head coach in a 4-0 win over Ball State on Sept. 3. The season also featured a come-from-behind upset over then-no. 15 Duke, a win over then-No. 15 Ohio and Northwestern, Michigan State and Providence. The Hoosiers were selected as a Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad with eight players earned individual honors. The Hoosiers also boasted eight Academic All-Big Ten honorees. The season also resulted in senior Brenna Moeljadi earning First Team All-Big Ten, Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-West Region and a spot at the NFHCA Senior All-Star game. Redshirt junior Morgan Fleetwood was named Second Team All-Big Ten and freshman Audra Heilman was selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Despite the 2010 season being plagued with injuries, Robertson led the Hoosiers to nine wins, including an upset of then No. 8 Louisville in Bloomington on Oct. 5 with a 3-2 overtime thriller. The season also resulted in Brenna Moeljadi earning First Team All-Big Ten honors, with Corey Brautigam being named to the second team. Moeljadi was also a Longstreth/NFHCA All-West Team selection. IU also boasted 11 Academic All-Big Ten selections and eight student-athletes on the 2010 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.
With one of the most talented teams put together in IU field hockey history, the Hoosiers made it to the 2009 Big Ten Championship game before earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The season was highlighted with Corey Brautigam, Morgan Fleetwood and Meg O'Connell earning All-Big Ten and Longstreth/NFHCA West All-Region honors. Brautigam was named a third team All-American by Longstreth/NFHCA and womensfieldhockey.com, while Fleetwood earned all-Rookie team honors from womensfieldhockey.com. O'Connell along with Lucy Ireland were each selected to play in the 2009 NFHCA Senior All-Star game, while Robertson served as a coach. The season also saw Mutsa Mutembwa become the first Indiana University student-athlete since 1970 and only the fourth in University history to be named a Rhodes Scholar select. The Hoosiers boasted top marks as a team in the classroom as IU led the Big Ten Conference with 17 players earning Academic All-Big Ten honors, along with 13 players earning a spot on the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad. The 2009 season ended with the Hoosiers ranking in the top-15 nationally with a 14-7 overall mark and a 4-2 record in Big Ten action.
The 2008 season was highlighted by Meg O'Connell earning her first ever All-Big Ten honor after leading the Hoosiers with seven goals on the season. She also tallied a team-high 16 points and netted three game-winning goals.
In 2007, the Hoosiers relied on senior goalkeeper Haley Exner and senior midfielder Meredith Brown, both of whom received first team All-Big Ten honors following the season. Exner closed out her career with the most wins in goal in school history while Brown increased her lead in the career assists category to 36.
The 2006 season saw the Hoosiers continue to build off the tremendous season the year before. They posted a record of 14-5 overall, good for a second-place finish in the Big Ten for the second year in a row. During the year, the Hoosiers posted wins over Ohio State, Iowa and Penn State, all of which ended up in the NCAA Tournament at the end of the year. The 1-0 victory on the road over PSU marked the first time the Hoosiers had defeated the Nittany Lions.
The 2005 season was one to remember, as Robertson and the Hoosiers made history with an Elite Eight run in their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Known as the "season of firsts," the Hoosiers put IU field hockey on the map with a 17-5 overall record. Shattering almost every record in the book, IU finished second during the Big Ten regular season and at the Big Ten Championship. Indiana also claimed initial conference victories over Michigan State, Michigan and Northwestern, appearing on television for the first time in the championship game against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament. For the season, Robertson led the Hoosiers to victories over six ranked opponents.
In 2004, Robertson guided the Cream and Crimson to its first winning season in program history with a record of 12-8. In all, the Hoosiers surpassed or tied 10 team records.
The 2003 Big Ten Coach of the Year led the team to an overall record of 8-10 including four straight wins to open the season and a double-overtime victory over highly-ranked Iowa.
The Hoosiers finished 2002 with a 6-13 ledger, claiming their first conference win over Ohio State on Oct. 5 in Bloomington.
In Robertson's first season with her own recruits, the team concluded the year with a victory over Ball State and three tightly-contested games.
Robertson's first win as a head coach came in 2000 when IU defeated Bellarmine on Oct. 1. Robertson is no stranger to winning.
She joined the Hoosiers after serving as an assistant coach at one of the country's most decorated programs, Wake Forest, for three seasons. While with the Demon Deacons, she helped the squad to an 18-4 record, a school-best national ranking of third and a trip to its first NCAA Tournament in 1999. Wake Forest concluded the 1999 season ranked second in the nation in scoring (4.29 ppg) and average margin of victory (3.28 ppg). The Deacons' winning percentage (.820) and defense (1.01 ppg) were both the fifth-best marks in the country. Additionally, a trio of Robertson's Demon Deacons earned All-America honors. She helped turn the program around as Wake Forest went from 9-11 to 18-4 in her three seasons. A talented recruiter, Robertson was fundamental in Wake's signing of standouts Kelly Dostal and Kelly Doton.
Robertson, who has appeared in four Final Fours as a coach and a player, spent five seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, prior to her tenure at Wake Forest. While with the Minutewomen, Robertson helped the program advance to the 1992 Final Four as UMass posted a 21-2 record in her first season. The team made return trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1993 and 1996.
Robertson also served as regional coaching director of the Massachusetts Developmental Futures Program and as a head coach at A Camp, B Camp, the Futures Development Invitational Camp, the USFHA Super Camp and the National Futures program.
Robertson began her coaching career in 1988 as a student assistant coach at UMass. She left in 1989 to take a position as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa where she remained until 1992, earning a master's degree in sport psychology. While at Iowa, the Hawkeyes advanced to the Final Four in each of her first two seasons, 1989 and 1990, and posted a combined record of 39-6-2. They returned to the NCAA Tournament in her final season, sporting a mark of 17-2-1.
It is obvious that winning has followed Robertson throughout her coaching career. The 11 teams she guided as an assistant coach posted a 169-60-6 mark, made three Final Four trips and seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
Robertson also enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career of her own as a defender at UMass. She helped the Minutewomen to a combined 56-19-6 record and four trips to the NCAA Tournament in four years. In her senior campaign, Massachusetts advanced to the NCAA Final Four and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation in 1987. In four years, Robertson tallied four goals and six assists from her defensive position. She capped her career by being named to the Northeast Region All-America team as a senior. Robertson also lettered four times on the UMass lacrosse team. She earned the 1987-88 Outstanding Two-Sport Athlete at Massachusetts and claimed North-South All-Star honors in lacrosse. Additionally, she snared Northeast Region All-American accolades in both her junior and senior seasons of lacrosse. After earning a bachelor's degree in exercise science from UMass in 1988, Robertson played with the United States Field Hockey squad from 1988-1990. She was a member of the 1989 U.S. Reserve Team and a two-time Olympic Festival participant.
A native of Evergreen, Colo., she captured Colorado Sportswoman of the Year recognition for field hockey in 1988. Additionally, Robertson is a member of the Holland Tunnel Club Team, a program that has won the national club championship each of the last five years. She is also part of the Under-16 National Team coaching staff and toured with the U-18 Futures Elite team in Queensland, Australia during the summer of 2003. Robertson is a selector for the United States Field Hockey Association at the National Futures Tournament.
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