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Field Hockey Coaching Staff
Pam Bustin
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: University of Massachusetts '90
Phone: (919) 684-4116
A two-time ACC and NFHCA South Region Coach of the Year and a member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, Pam Bustin has revitalized the Duke field hockey program in her six seasons in Durham, guiding the Blue Devils to an 81-44 ledger and a trip to the 2013 NCAA title game. 

The Duke program accomplished a number of firsts in 2016, capturing its first ACC regular season title and reaching No. 1 in the national poll for the first time in school history. Under Bustin’s watch, the Blue Devils earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive season. The squad compiled a 16-4 ledger against the nation’s toughest schedule and featured a pair of first-time All-Americans in Alyssa Chillano and Heather Morris. At the conclusion of the season, Bustin was honored as the ACC and NFHCA South Region Coach of the Year.

The 2015 season saw Duke earn a spot in the NCAA semifinals for the second time in three years. Under Bustin’s direction, the Blue Devils went 14-7, with 11 of the 14 wins coming against ranked opponents. The squad matched a program record with seven players on the NFHCA All-South Region teams and boasted a pair of All-Americans in goalkeeper Lauren Blazing and midfielder Aileen Johnson. 

The Blue Devils earned their third NCAA Tournament bid in four years in 2014, concluding the season in the quarterfinals with a 13-7 record. Bustin’s squad started off the fall on a six-game win streak for the program’s best start to a season since 1978. Duke hosted the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2008 and had three All-America selections in Abby Beltrani, Lauren Blazing and Aileen Johnson.

A historic 2013 campaign saw Bustin guide Duke to the NCAA championship match for the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2005. The Blue Devils reached the title match with a 3-2 semifinal upset of top-ranked and top-seeded Maryland, a win that also marked the 200th of Bustin’s collegiate coaching career. The squad finished the fall with a 17-7 ledger, including five wins over top-10 opponents, while Paula Heimbach, Emmie Le Marchand and Lauren Blazing received All-America recognition and Bustin was named the South Region Coach of the Year.

In 2012, Duke sent six players to the Junior Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they gained valuable international playing experience despite missing five regular season games. The Blue Devils concluded the fall with a 7-11 record, though 10 of the 11 losses on the season were to opponents ranked in the top 25 nationally.

Bustin’s first year at Duke saw the team finish the season ranked sixth in the nation, advance to the 2011 ACC Championship match with a 2-1 victory over eventual national champion Maryland in the semifinals and earn an NCAA tournament bid. Bustin earned ACC Coach of the Year honors at the conclusion of the season for the third conference coach of the year accolade of her career. She was previously named Big East Coach of the Year and MAC Coach of the Year.

In six years, Bustin has overseen 15 All-America selections, 33 All-South Region picks and 20 All-ACC honorees. During her tenure, the team has also excelled off the field with 25 selections to the All-ACC Academic team. The squad has been recognized at a national level, twice earning Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team distinction after compiling a collective team grade point average that ranks among the best in the country. Individually, 30 Blue Devils have been named to the Division I National Academic Squad, with four student-athletes receiving Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction accolades and Lauren Blazing winning the Elite 90 Award in 2015. 

At Louisville (1998-2010)
Prior to coaching at Duke, Bustin served 13 seasons at the helm of the Louisville program. After joining the Cardinals’ staff in 1998, Bustin transformed the squad 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 her 13 years as head coach at Louisville, she recorded 11 winning seasons, compiling an overall record of 153-119 (.562) 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, 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 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.

At Hofstra (1997)
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.

Bustin's Early Years
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.

USA Field Hockey Experience
In addition to her collegiate coaching duties, Bustin has served as an assistant coach with the United States National Under-19 and Under-21 teams, working regularly to develop the nation’s junior players. She was previously 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.

Bustin was selected to the USA Field Hockey’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014, the first group to be inducted since 2004.

Collegiate Career
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 inducted into the UMass Hall of Fame. 

Bustin Year-by-Year

 Year  School  Record  Pct.  Conference  Record   Pct.  Finish 
 1997  Hofstra  9-9  .500  America East  3-5  .375  -
 1998  Louisville  1-19  .005  MAC  0-10  .000  6th
 1999  Louisville  5-16  .238  MAC  1-9  .100  6th
 2000  Louisville  14-8  .636  MAC  5-5  .500  3rd
 2001  Louisville  16-5  .762  MAC  7-3  .700  3rd
 2002  Louisville  13-8  .619  MAC  7-3  .700  t-1st
 2003  Louisville  13-10  .565  MAC  6-4  .600  2nd
 2004  Louisville  12-10  .545  MAC  8-2  .800  t-1st
 2005  Louisville  14-7  .667  Big East  3-2  .600  3rd
 2006  Louisville  12-8  .600  Big East  5-1  .833  t-1st
 2007  Louisville  14-6  .700  Big East  5-1  .833  t-1st
 2008  Louisville  14-7  .667  Big East  5-1  .833  t-1st
 2009  Louisville  12-8  .600  Big East  4-2  .667  3rd
 2010  Louisville  13-7  .650  Big East  5-1  .833  2nd
 2011  Duke  14-8  .636  Atlantic Coast   2-3   .400  3rd
 2012  Duke  7-11  .389  Atlantic Coast  0-5  .000  6th
 2013  Duke  17-7  .708  Atlantic Coast   3-3  .500  5th
 2014  Duke  13-7  .650  Atlantic Coast  2-4  .333  7th
 2015  Duke  14-7  .667  Atlantic Coast  2-4  .333  5th
 2016  Duke  16-4  .800  Atlantic Coast  5-1  .833  1st

Bustin Career Record:
 243-172 (.586)
Bustin Duke Record: 81-44 (.648)