Stacey Blue begins her first season as Lehigh’s head field hockey coach. The appointment marks a return to Lehigh for Blue, who spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks, before moving on to American International College where she turned around that program in just one season.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to come back to Lehigh as head field hockey coach,” Blue said. “Leaving Lehigh last year was a tough decision for me because it’s a great place to work. I’m excited to be back. I have a good familiarity with the student-athletes in the program, and I’m looking forward to working with them and turning this program around.”
In her first season as a college head coach, Blue inherited an American International team that went 6-12 in 2009 and transformed it into a 14-8 program that more than doubled the school record for wins in a season, while earning an at-large bit to the NCAA tournament, a first for the AIC field hockey program.
“Stacey has been a head coach and albeit for a short time, a successful one,” explained Lehigh Goodman Dean of Athletics Joe Sterrett. “AIC achieved their best season ever and broke multiple school records. This success is very directly attributable to Stacey’s approach to working with her team. Stacey brings to us a combination of proven effectiveness in leading a program and direct experience at Lehigh with the challenges that need to be resolved. She conveyed a very clear understanding of the current challenges and yet she also sees and is excited by the opportunities.”
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. In 2009, Blue helped guide Kim Eng and Morgan Christopher to first-team All-Patriot League honors, while Eng went on to be named Patriot League Rookie of the Year and a second team NFHCA All-Region selection. Blue also mentored All-League forwards Kelly Fox and Kalynn Davies in 2008 and 2007 respectively and worked with 2007 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Christy Smith.
The Mountain Hawks advanced to the Patriot League tournament in two of Blue’s three seasons in Bethlehem.
Prior to her stint at Lehigh, Blue was an assistant coach at Wilkes University in 2006 and coached at Muhlenberg College the two years before that.
A Bellingham, Massachusetts native, Blue won three Atlantic 10 Championships as a forward at the University of Massachusetts before graduating with a degree in communications in 2003.