Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
The 2011 ACC Coach of the Year and the 2011 National Coach of the Year named by womensfieldhockey.com, Pam Bustin has revitalized the Duke field hockey program, guiding the Blue Devils to a 14-8 overall record and a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals in her first season in Durham. Under her direction, the Blue Devils, who finished the year ranked 6th nationally, advanced to the ACC Championship finals with a 2-1 victory over eventual national champion Maryland in College Park and earned the programs 11th NCAA tournament bid, shutting out Stanford 5-0 in the first round.
Bustin coached four women to All-American status, six women to All-South region honors and four women to the All-ACC team. Under Bustin's direction, the Blue Devils nearly doubled their offensive production from a season ago, while the Duke defense ranked second in the conference and eighth nationally with a 1.2 goals against average. Off the field, the team earned an impressive cumulative GPA of 3.427.
For her efforts, Bustin earned the 2011 ACC Coach of the Year honors, the third conference coach of the year accolade of her career. She was also named Big East Coach of the Year and MAC Coach of the Year.
Prior to coaching at Duke, Bustin served 13 seasons at the helm of the Louisville squad. Joining the Cardinal staff in 1998, Bustin transformed a program mired in a 34-game losing streak into a six-time regular season conference champion - including three league crowns each in both the Mid-American Conference and the BIG EAST - and a mainstay among the nation's elite programs. In 13 seasons at the helm of Louisville's program, she recorded 11 winning seasons, compiling an overall record of 155-118 (.568) while playing one of the toughest schedules in the country.
As a member of the BIG EAST Conference, Bustin led Louisville to three consecutive regular season titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Following the 2008 season, she was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year after directing the Cardinals to a 14-7 overall ledger, the conference regular season championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament. In 2005, Louisville's first season as a member of the BIG EAST, the Cardinals produced one of the premier offenses in the country, leading the nation in scoring.
In the Cardinals' final season in the MAC, Louisville captured both the 2004 conference regular season and tournament titles, earning its second consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. The 2003 season saw Louisville win its first MAC Tournament championship, receiving the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. In 2002, Bustin led Louisville to the MAC regular season crown, following the Cardinals' debut in the top-20 rankings in 2001 as the Louisville climbed as high as No. 6 in the national polls. For her efforts, she was named conference coach of the year in both 2001 and 2004.
Before arriving at Louisville, Bustin served as head coach at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. In just one season with The Pride, she was able to turn around a struggling program, leading Hofstra to a 9-9 overall record in 1997.
From 1992-97, Bustin served as an assistant coach at Michigan State University as the Spartans enjoyed consistent success as a top-20 program. In 1990, she took an assistant position at Temple University, helping the Owls to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances with quarterfinal runs in 1991 and 1992.
In addition to her collegiate coaching duties, Bustin currently serves as an assistant coach with the United States National Under-19 Team, working regularly to develop the nation's junior players. Prior to assuming her current position with U.S. Field Hockey, she was an assistant for the U.S. National Team, helping the United States to an eighth place finish at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Bustin guided the United States to the country's first Olympic berth since 1996 as the team went 6-0 at the Kazan Olympic Qualifier in 2008. Bustin is a U.S. Field Hockey accredited Level III coach and instructs coaching courses throughout the country as well.
Prior to coaching at the Olympic level, Bustin served as team captain on the United States Under-21 team from 1987-89, competing in the 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990 U.S. Olympic Festivals. In 1989, she helped the U.S. capture a silver medal at the Junior Pan American Games before being named to the U.S. National Team, playing with the national squad through the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
A 1990 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Bustin was a four-year letterwinner (1985-88), team captain, team MVP and All-Atlantic 10 honoree in addition to garnering a first team All-America selection and Honda-Broderick Award nomination as female athlete of the year in 1988. UMass made the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years in Amherst and advanced to the national semifinals in 1987. In the spring of 2012, Bustin was honored by being inducted into the UMass hall of fame.