Meharg Named Regional Coach of the Year

Dec. 10, 2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland field hockey head coach was named the 2008 Dita/NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, it was announced Wednesday. It is the twelfth such honor for Meharg, who completed her 21st season at Maryland this year with both ACC and NCAA titles.

The honor qualifies Meharg for the NFHCA National Coach of the Year honor, which will be announced next month at the NFHCA Coaches Luncheon. Since the organization began recognizing the National Coach of the Year in 1990, Meharg has won six awards, the most of any coach at the college level.

Sitting at 267-100-9 for her illustrious career, Meharg led the 2008 Terrapins to a 22-2 record and triumphs in both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. The Terps, who were ranked No. 1 in the nation for much of the year, defeated No. 2 Wake Forest three times en route to their titles, including victories in both the ACC and National title games.

For Meharg, it was the seventh ACC championship, and the fifth NCAA Tournament crown - the third in four years.

Maryland's all-time winningest coach saw four players earn first-team All-American honors this season, as well as four All-ACC performers. The Terps produced the conference's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, as well as its top goalkeeper.

Meharg was assisted by Marybeth Freeman, who completed her sixth season with the Terps, and Tjerk van Herwaarden, who finished his fourth. Second-year Undergraduate Assistant Paula Infante also assisted on the staff.