COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland field hockey head coach Missy Meharg announced Steve Simpson as the program’s volunteer assistant coach Thursday. Simpson has deep roots at Maryland as an alumnus, and he was involved as an undergraduate and assistant coach. Most recently, he spent two years at Syracuse, a top five team in both seasons.
"As a Maryland alum and former coach with the program, Steve has a built-in passion for the Terps,” Meharg said. “After serving as a former high level umpire, his historical knowledge in the international and NCAA arenas will serve our program well. When looking at the growth of hockey in the Washington and Maryland region, Steve is a legend. He started one of the first formal hockey club programs in the nation, the Washington Wolves, while introducing and teaching hockey to local male USA national team players and coaches. Welcome back, Steve."
While at Syracuse, Simpson helped lead the Orange to a 38-7 combined record, one BIG EAST Tournament title, one BIG EAST regular season title, two NCAA Tournaments, and one Final Four.
Simpson joined the Syracuse staff after concluding a four-year stint at New Hampshire. The Wildcats won the America East regular season title in 2010. Prior to UNH, he worked at UMass, where he served as assistant coach from 2003-06.
Simpson began working with the Maryland field hockey team while he was a student at Maryland. He was a part of the program when head coach Sue Tyler and then-assistant Meharg won its first national title in 1987. He came on-board as an assistant with Meharg in 1995 and stayed on through 2003. Together, they won the 1999 national championship and went to four Final Fours.
“It's an honor to be back at Maryland with Missy after being away for 10 years,” Simpson said. “Missy has outstanding players in her program, and has always been an innovative thinker. It will be fun to help the team again."
Simpson also has international coaching experience as an assistant with the U.S. Women’s National Team (1997-98) that included the Hockey World Cup in May 1998 and the Champions Trophy in 1997. In addition, he has coached at numerous “A” and “B” Camps and been active in the USFHA Futures Program, including serving as Regional Director and Director of Coaching of the Chesapeake Region.
His coaching resume also includes the EPTC Regional Team, the Tidewater Tempest and the New England Fire. He also founded and coached the Washington Wolves Hockey Club.
Simpson was an internationally-rated umpire manager. He umpired at the Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, the Pan Am Games, the Pan Am Cup and the World Cup qualifier in Edinburgh in 2001.