PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the most successful coaches in the history of New Hampshire High School athletics has accepted the position of interim head field hockey coach at Plymouth State College.
Bonnie Lord, former coach at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, NH, takes over from former coach Abby Burbank, who became the women's lacrosse coach at the University of Denver two weeks ago after two years at PSC. "Bonnie has excellent field hockey coaching credentials," said search committee chairwoman S. Lauren Lavigne. "We are pleased that she has accepted the interim field hockey position, and look forward to a smooth transition and a successful season."
A 1973 graduate of Green Mountain College, Lord coached field hockey at Kingswood from 1980-1999, posting a record of 244-52-34. She guided her teams to the state finals 11 times, winning six championships. A three-time Coach of the Year, Lord has also been very involved with the U.S. Field Hockey Association Futures program the past 10 years.
"I am excited about joining the Plymouth State staff," said Lord. "I enjoyed coaching at the high school level the past two decades, and I am more than ready to transition to the collegiate level. PSC's programs are well-established and I hope to continue to build on the strong foundation."
With the Panther field hockey players due on campus next week for the start of fall pre-season camp, PSC opted to hire a qualified interim field hockey coach, leaving the women's lacrosse position that Burbank also held temporarily vacant. "The willingness of a coach with Bonnie Lord's stature," said Lavigne, "to accept this position on an interim basis, on such short notice, was very beneficial for Plymouth State College."