DURHAM, N.C. – Pam Bustin, who guided Louisville to three straight league championships from 2006-08, has been named Duke University’s ninth head field hockey coach as announced Tuesday by Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White.
“Simply stated, we are ecstatic that Pam Bustin has accepted the invitation to coach the Duke field hockey team,” said White. “Pam’s uncompromising commitment to the complete student-athlete experience was evident during this process. Her experience – both in the college game and internationally as a player and coach – will provide enormous benefits to the Duke program. Her accomplishments and level of consistency at Louisville, which include six regular season championships, will translate well into what is considered to be the toughest field hockey conference in the United States. The more we talked to Pam’s peers, we realized she was exactly the type of leader we wanted to lead the Duke field hockey program into the future.”
Bustin replaces , who resigned last month after guiding the Blue Devils to a 115-56 record and six NCAA Tournament berths in eight seasons.
“I am thrilled to become a Duke Blue Devil,” said Bustin. “I look forward to leading the field hockey team to many successful seasons and am honored to join the Duke University athletic family. Clearly, Duke offers an environment that creates and supports champions in the classroom as well as on the playing field. I am excited to live and work in such an environment and feel fortunate to be able to offer such an opportunity to our nation's most talented student-athletes.”
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.