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River Hawks field hockey coach wins award.

National Field Hockey Coaches Association Awards Hlebichuk Her Fourth DII Coach of the Year Award

LOWELL (Jan. 7, 2011) – Ninth year UMass Lowell field hockey Head Coach Shannon Hlebichuk can check off yet another award to cap off the 2010 season, in addition to her team’s perfect 24-0 campaign, NCAA Division II National Championship and her own Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year and 2010 Dita/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II North Region Coach of the Year nods.  Hlebichuk is also the 2010 Dita/NFHCA DII National Coach of the Year.

The latest accolade was announced at the NFHCA Coaches Recognition Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 7 in Baltimore, Md.

This is Hlebichuk’s fourth National Coach of the Year award in just nine years at the head of the River Hawk field hockey program.  She took home the honor in 2003, 2005 and 2007, as well.

Hlebichuk and her team punctuated a perfect 24-0 season with the NCAA DII National Championship on Dec. 4, 2010 in Louisville, Ky.  Although that victory was the most important and impressive accomplishment of the year, it was just one in a long list of accolades awarded to the River Hawk field hockey team throughout the 2010 season.

The team earned both the Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships, breaking multiple program records along the way.  Some of the benchmarks they surpassed included: most wins in a season (24), fewest losses in a season (0), most goals in a season (119), fewest goals allowed in a season (8), most shutouts in a season (17) and numerous individual offensive and defensive records, as well.

Hlebichuk coached six All-Americans, eight All-Conference players and the NE-10 and Division II North Region Player of the Year in 2010. Her squad earned the No. 1 spot in the Kookaburra/NFHCA DII National Coaches Poll by season’s end and took home the program’s second National Championship and first since 2005, with a 1-0 win over Shippensburg on Dec. 4.

In her career, Hlebichuk has coached to a 162-42 record, two National Championships, seven NE-10 Championships and eight consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances. She has also been named NE-10 Coach of the Year seven of her nine years at UMass Lowell.

Hlebichuk, a former River Hawk field hockey player herself, was a two-year captain of the squad and two-time All-American between 1994-98. She was also named the NCAA Woman of the Year for Massachusetts during the 1997-98 season. Upon graduation, she earned her Master’s Degree at Arizona State University. Hlebichuk was also promoted to Assistant Athletic Director during the summer of 2010.

A native of Amesbury, Mass., Hlebichuk now resides in Nashua, N.H. with her husband Korey and daughter Liv.