Blue named coach at Lehigh
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – It was announced that Stacey Blue was named head field hockey coach at Division I Lehigh University. She returns to a program where she served as an assistant coach for three seasons prior to her arrival at AIC.
Blue only spent one season as the Yellow Jackets head coach, but it was a memorable one as she guided AIC to a record-breaking 2010 campaign and in doing so was named Division II Coach of the Year by WomensFieldHockey.com.
The Yellow Jackets posted a record of 14-8, shattering the previous record of six wins in a season in 2009, and went to the Northeast-10 and NCAA Division II championship tournaments for the first time in program history. AIC also earned its first-ever national ranking this past season and peaked as high as No. 7.
AIC's offense thrived under Blue, establishing new single-season team records for goals (49), assists (27) and points (125) in a season, while junior forward Amanda McLean (Branford, Conn.) set new individual records for goals (19) and points (43) in a season.
Blue served as the top assistant coach for her predecessor, Julie Mazer, from 2007 to 2009. She played a major role in recruiting many of the student-athletes on Lehigh's current roster, while also assisting with scouting and working closely with Lehigh's attacking players.
"We're happy for Stacey, grateful for the short time she was with us, and wish her well,” said AIC Director of Athletics Richard Bedard. “She leaves a program in good shape, and now we must reaffirm our commitment to seeking out a coach who will be able to build on the fine work that Stacey and her student-athletes have put in. We have a strong program and we expect that to continue."
A national search to replace Blue will begin immediately.