|Title:||Assistant AD for Compliance / Head Field Hockey Coach|
|Previous College:||Lock Haven '96|
|At Juniata:||17th Season (186-135, 63-43)|
Caroline Gillich wants her players to perform to their maximum potential, but she also wants them to have fun. Of course, nothing is more fun than winning, which makes Juniata College's recent run of field hockey success all the more special to Coach Gillich.
Over her 16 years on College Hill, Gillich has elevated Juniata field hockey to new levels of success, developing a program where competing for conference championships and NCAA tournament berths are the expectation, not the exception. Her Eagles won four straight Landmark Conference titles from 2007-10, the first four of the leagues existence. Since taking the reins of the Juniata field hockey program prior to the 1998 season, Gillich's teams have posted a combined record of 186-135 and have closed the season with a .500 record or better nine times.
But her programs are not solely about winning on the field. Her student-athletes also excel in the classroom. There were 11 placed on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Academic squad following the 2013 season and the program earned the NFHCA Academic Team Award after maintaining a 3.25 team grade point average. Gillich has coached a Capital One Academic All-American, three Landmark Senior Scholar-Athletes, and three Landmark All-Academic Team selections.
Since joining the Landmark Conference in 2007, Juniata has had eight All-America honors, 10 all-region selections, three Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Stars, three NFHCA Senior All-Stars, seven Landmark players of the year, and 34 all-conference selections under the two-time conference coach of the year.
Juniata field hockey capped the 2010 season by winning its fourth straight Landmark Conference championship, sending the Eagles into the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in the previous eight years. The Eagles upended host College of Wooster in the first round, advancing to the second round against traditional power Ursinus College. Juniata finished its 2010 campaign with an 18-5 record, second highest single-season win total in program history.
The 2010 season came on the heels of an equally impressive 2009 campaign that saw the Eagles win their third Landmark crown as well as the program's first automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship, Juniata finished with 17 wins and four losses overall, and was undefeated in the Landmark with six wins before defeating Susquehanna, 1-0, to win conference title. The Eagles went on to traveled to Lynchburg, Va., to face Lynchburg College in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Gillich's 2008 Juniata squad repeated as Landmark Conference champions, dispatching top-seeded Catholic University (2-1) in double overtime in the championship match in Catholic's Cardinal Stadium.
The previous season, in 2007, the Gillich-guided Eagle field hockey squad, ranked in the top 20 throughout the entire season, making program history by posting a 21-3 record on its way to the first conference championship in program history. The 2007 campaign ended with Juniata making its third appearance in the NCAA championship tournament, hosting Johns Hopkins in a first round contest, the first outdoor NCAA competition hosted by Juniata since the early 1970’s. The Eagles knocked off Johns Hopkins, 2-1, and dispatched defending national champion Ursinus College 2-0 in the regional semifinal, the program's first NCAA tournament victories.
Gillich's 2006 squad finished with a 16-5 mark, eclipsing a school record for wins that had been set three years earlier. In 2004, Gillich guided the team to a 14-5 record, and earned the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III Championship. Juniata spent most of the season ranked among the top 15 teams in Division III, and went through the regular season with just one conference loss.
The 1998 team finished with a mark of 9-9 while the 2002 squad ended the season with a 13-8 record. The Eagles then posted a 15-8 mark in 2003, and qualified for the conference postseason for the first time since 1990.
Gillich came to Juniata from The College of William and Mary, where she worked primarily with the goalkeepers.
An All-American in field hockey and lacrosse at Lock Haven, Gillich was the starting field hockey goalie for the Bald Eagles in 1994 and 1995. She helped lead Lock Haven to back-to-back NCAA Division II National Championships those years. In addition, she captained the 1995 unit, which went 21-0.
Gillich graduated with a B.S. in health and physical education with a concentration in sports administration in 1997. She worked at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center during the summer of 1996 as a program specialist. In that capacity, she organized 30 camps involving more than 500 athletes as well as scheduled facilities, housing and transportation for athletes.
In the summers of 1997 and 1998, she assisted with the Nike Sports Leadership Camps, working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in Atlanta, Georgia.
Coach Gillich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.