PLYMOUTH, N.H.- Plymouth State College is looking for a field hockey and women's lacrosse coach following the announcement by the current coach that she'll be leaving at the end of the school year.
Wynn Hohlt has announced her resignation after six very successful years at Plymouth State. She has accepted a similar position at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
"I have very mixed emotions about leaving Plymouth," said Hohlt, a 1989 Williams College graduate who came to PSC in 1992. "I have a lot invested in these two programs. There were a lot of tears, both mine and theirs, when I told the teams, and I'll certainly miss what we've built here. But returning to the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) is exciting for me, and I'm very much looking forward to the challenge. I've met some outstanding people at Bates, and I'm moving into an excellent situation."
Hohlt's field hockey teams have always been among the best in New England and sometimes the nation. She guided PSC to a 78-33-1 record in six years (.701 winning percentage), making the NCAA Tournament in 1993 and 1994 and the ECAC Tournament in 1995, 1996, and 1997. The 1993 campaign still ranks as one of the best seasons in history in any sport at Plymouth State, as Hohlt's squad posted a perfect 17-0 regular season and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine years. Last year's team made the post-season for the fifth straight year, finishing at 16-5, and was ranked as high as third in the nation.
The women's lacrosse team, while not as successful as the field hockey program, made great strides under Hohlt. PSC's teams had registered a 23-47 record entering the '98 campaign. The team is off to a 5-2 start this spring and is challenging for the title in the inaugural season of a new conference called the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance.
"We are all saddened by Wynn's announcement," said PSC athletic director Steve Bamford, "but we can appreciate the new challenges that lie ahead for her competing in the NESCAC. We thank her for the six years of high energy, enthusiastic and dedicated service she has given Plymouth State. Very seldom are we able to hire a coach with the talent and experience Wynn brought us in two sports, but Wynn fit the mold of what we ideally were looking for back in 1992. It will be tough to see Wynn on the Bates sidelines. We wish her well, except in the games against PSC."
Bamford hopes to name a successor to Hohlt before the school years ends, so the new coach can meet the returning players before summer recess, and vice versa.