Head Field Hockey Coach Bonnie Lord is now in her 16th season at Plymouth State in 2015. Since joining the Panther staff prior to the 2000 campaign, she has guided the program to 14 post-season berths in 15 seasons. She led PSU to three NCAA Tournament appearances and 10 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.
All 10 ECAC post-season appearances under Lord have come in the past 10 years, including advancing to the last seven ECAC championship games. The Panthers also won four Little East Conference regular season titles under Lord (2000-02, ’05), and captured three straight LEC tournament titles with three consecutive 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 208-94 record (.689) in 15 seasons, including a 124-36 mark (.775) against LEC opponents. She ranks 15th among active coaches in NCAA Division III in career winning percentage and 25th in career victories .
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.