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Fuchs returns to University of Michigan Staff as Assistant Coach
07 Apr 2005 08:19

USA Field Hockey Junior National Team coach Tracey Fuchs will return to the Univ. of Michigan as an assistant coach. 

A member of the USA Field Hockey staff since her retirement from international play in May, 2004, Fuchs will remain involved with the USA Under 21 team as it prepares for the Junior World Cup in September.

'Tracey Fuchs has proven to be an outstanding coach,' USA Field Hockey Executive Director Sheila Walker said. 

'We anticipate she will remain actively involved in our pool of coaches for our junior teams and will continue her work with our Junior World Cup team.' 

Fuchs led the USA Under 21 team to a silver-medal finish at the Pan America Junior Championships last month in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The tournament qualified the USA team for a spot in the BDO Hockey Junior World Cup, September 14-25 in Santiago, Chile. 

With her return to Michigan, Fuchs rejoins a Wolverine team she helped establish as one of the nation's top field hockey programs. Fuchs previously spent eight years with the Michigan program, serving five seasons as the Wolverines' top assistant (1996-2000) and three as a volunteer coach (2001-03). 

During her coaching tenure at Michigan, the Wolverines earned five trips to the NCAA Tournament and captured the 2001 NCAA Championship. 

She joins a staff that includes recently-named head coach Nancy Cox and assistant Pat Cota, member of the USA Field Hockey men's national team. 

A member of the USA National Team from 1987-2004, Fuchs appeared in 263 international matches. Fuchs played for the U.S. in both the 1988 (Seoul) and 1996 (Atlanta) Olympic Games, and competed in the 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cup tournaments. She competed in all five contested Pan American Games women's tournaments, winning four silver medals and one bronze medal. 

A collegiate player at the University of Connecticut, Fuchs was selected as the 1987 Honda Broderick Award recipient for field hockey, an award recognising the nation's top collegiate field hockey player. She was a three time All-America first team (1985, '86, '87) selection, and helped the Huskies to the 1985 NCAA national championship.

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