PLYMOUTH, N.H.- The position of women's soccer coach at Plymouth State College has been filled, as athletic director Steve Bamford has named Beth Field Interim Head Coach for the 1998 season.
A former four-year starter and All-American player for Plymouth State and a Panther assistant coach for four years, Field takes over from Marti Kingsley, who resigned last month after three seasons.
"In Beth Field we have a person who has played and coached here at PSC, is familiar with and has the respect of the returning players, and has been working closely in the recruiting process with Marti over the past three years," said Bamford. "We feel confident we made the right decision in naming Beth interim coach and giving her the opportunity to prove herself. It was the most logical decision we could make while we examine, evaluate and explore how we might ‘package' future part-time and full-time coaching positions."
Field started at sweeper for PSC from 1988-91, helping lead the team to the NCAA Tournament all four years under coaches Phil Rowe and Nancy Feldman. She served as an assistant coach under Feldman at PSC in '93, and after a stint at Ft. Lewis College in Colorado, has been a Panther assistant under Kingsley since '95.
"I'm excited to put everything I have into this program," said Field. "I've had some great mentors here at Plymouth (Rowe, Feldman, Kingsley) who have all been an inspiration for me to pursue a coaching career. I've taken so much from the PSC community and now I'm ready to give back. This position is a dream come true and I'm ready for the challenge. We have some very talented and dedicated players returning and a number of solid recruits coming in. My job will be to mold them into a "team concept" and motivate them to be champions, on and off the field."
Field, a 1993 PSC graduate, will inherit a program in excellent condition. The Panthers have qualified for the post-season 15 consecutive years, including the NCAA Tournament 10 of the last 12 years. PSC was the No. 1 seed in the NCAA New England regional in 1997, and finished with a 15-2-1 overall record.
"For several years," said Bamford, "I have been impressed with Beth Field as a soccer player, coach and more importantly, a person. While she's relatively young and has no previous head coaching experience, she deserves the opportunity to demonstrate her enormous leadership qualities and coaching abilities as our head coach. She was my immediate choice and I'm thrilled to welcome her aboard."
The basketball coaching position Kingsley also held remains open, although Bamford hopes to name a successor before the school year ends.
"With soccer and basketball falling "back to back" in their traditional seasons," said Bamford of the decision to split the soccer and basketball coaching position. "We felt it was in each sport's best interest to separate the head coaching responsibilities. When I met separately with both squads, they unanimously agreed."