LANCASTER, Pa. – Two-time All-American and Olympian Katie Kauffman Beach of the highly-successful Maryland field hockey program was inducted into USA Field Hockey’s Hall of Fame Saturday night at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster, Pa.
Kauffman Beach played for the Terrapins from 1992-96 and was a member of the 1993 NCAA Championship squad. She was named a First Team All-American and an All-ACC honoree twice. In 1996, she was the first field hockey Terrapin to be named to an Olympic roster.
“Katie Kauffman Beach lives to give in a high performance way,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “While a student at Maryland she prepared like a professional and this induction could not be more fitting. It was a very special evening. Katie had her Terp husband, Maryland soccer All-American Keith Beach, sister Molly Kauffman (Terrapin field hockey All-American) and Dina Rizzo all there to celebrate. Katie, Keith and their three daughters Madison, Ella and Bridget live in Chicago and will come support the Terps this fall when we make our inaugural Big Ten trip.”
The sold-out event was the first USA Field Hockey hosted in over 10 years. Kauffman Beach was one of five inductees and four others received honorable mention recognition.
“I'm completely honored and humbled to be a 2014 USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame inductee,” Kauffman Beach said. “My career took off during my four years at Maryland. Missy Meharg created a fantastic culture within the Terp field hockey program and demanded excellence on and off the field. Missy's coaching, guidance and mentorship more than prepared me for the next step on Team USA. It has made a lasting impact on my career and in my life. I can't thank Missy, her assistant coaches and my teammates enough for the opportunities, friendships and memories at Maryland. Terps 4 Life!”
“Over the course of my 10 years on Team USA my dreams came true of competing and representing America. I'm forever proud to wear red, white and blue and for competing in world tournaments for USA. My passion is hockey and I will continue to teach, mentor and train the youth at my club, Windy City Field Hockey, and with athletes competing for Team USA.”
Kauffman Beach’s husband, Keith was a standout on the Maryland soccer team under head coach Sasho Cirovski from 1995-98. He was named an All-American and helped the Terrapins to an ACC title and an NCAA Semifinals appearance.
American University head coach Steve Jennings was also inducted. Jennings is a 1997 graduate of the University of Maryland and worked with Meharg and current assistant Steve Simpson.
“Congratulations to Steve Jennings as the second male to be inducted. He is a world-class coach and it shows in the American program,” Meharg said.