DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University head field hockey coach Pam Bustin was named the 2013 South Region Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Wednesday, Dec. 11 after guiding the Blue Devils to a 17-6 record and an appearance in the NCAA championship game.
The region coach of the year accolade is the first for the program since 1992. Bustin previously garnered ACC Coach of the Year honors in 2011, her first season in Durham. She was also named the conference coach of the year on three occasions during her tenure at Louisville (2001, 2004, 2008).
In her third season at the helm of the program, Bustin and her staff led Duke to a 13-5 regular season ledger and a 3-3 mark in ACC action to go along with a final NFHCA ranking of No. 5. The Blue Devils increased their scoring production from a year ago and concluded the season ranked among the national leaders in goals against average. Under her direction, the team advanced to the title match for the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2005, knocking off top-ranked and top-seeded Maryland by a 3-2 score in the national semifinals. The win over Maryland also marked the 200th victory of Bustin’s coaching career.
Bustin and the Duke coaching staff guided five players – Lauren Blazing (first team), Paula Heimbach (first team), Emmie Le Marchand (first team), Aileen Johnson (second team) and Amanda Kim (second team) – to All-South Region recognition. In addition, four Blue Devils – Blazing, Heimbach, Johnson and Le Marchand – were tabbed to the All-ACC second team.