Head Field Hockey Coach Bonnie Lord is now in her 18th season at Plymouth State in 2017. Since joining the Panther staff prior to the 2000 campaign, she has guided the program to 16 winning seasons in 17 years, including the last ten. Coach Lord has led PSU to three NCAA Tournament appearances and 11 ECAC New England Tournament berths, with ECAC championships in 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Coach Lord recorded her 200th collegiate coaching victory in October of 2014, becoming the 22nd active coach and 37th coach in NCAA Division III history to reach the 200-win milestone.
PSU made eight consecutive ECAC post-season appearances under Lord from 2007-14, including seven straight ECAC championship games. The Panthers have won five Little East Conference regular season titles under Lord (2000-02, ’05, '15), and garnered three straight LEC tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances from 2000-02.
Coach Lord earned three Coach of the Year honors, in 2000 and 2002 from the Little East Conference and in 2001 from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. PSU’s all-time winningest field hockey coach, Lord has led the Panthers to a combined 230-106 record (.685) in 17 seasons, including a 140-42 mark (.769) against LEC opponents. Lord ranks 13th among active coaches in NCAA Division III career winning percentage and 21st in career victories, and she ranks 19th all-time in winning percentage and 37th all-time in wins among Division III coaches.
Lord coached field hockey at Kingswood Regional H.S. in Wolfeboro, N.H., for 20 years. She led the team to 11 state finals from 1980-1999, winning six championships and posting a career record of 244-52-34. A three-time Coach of the Year, Lord was inducted into the New Agenda: Northeast Women's Hall of Fame in 1994, received Coach of the Year honors from the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association in 1997 and received the prestigious Walter A. Smith Coaches Award in 1998.
A graduate of Green Mountain College, Lord was very involved with the grassroots organization of the US Field Hockey Association's Future's Program from 1990-2000. She served as the Northeast Regional Director (1990-1996), coached the 1995 USA Under 16 Select Team to compete in The Netherlands International Easter Tournament and has coached several US Olympians. Coach Lord founded Stick & A Smile Youth Field Hockey Camps in 1986 and was the founder and Head Coach of the USFHA Hockey Festival Team, The NH Northern Lights, from 1992-2000.