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Holmes-Winn To Step Down As Princeton Field Hockey Head Coach

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 06/20/2016
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PRINCETON, N.J. – Following a fabulous 13-year stint, Princeton field hockey head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn is stepping down effective July 10th to become the Vice President of Performance Science and Optimization for a company called “WHOOP.” 

“To all the student-athletes I was fortunate enough to coach, thank you for believing in Princeton and for making Tiger Field Hockey your home for four years,” said Holmes-Winn. “There was nothing more rewarding than to witness your imaginings convert into concrete ideas that found their way onto the field when it mattered the most. I will be forever grateful to Gary Walters ’67 for taking a chance on me and also many thanks to the Ford Family Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux ’91 for her tremendous support over the past two years. I have full confidence that she will ensure that Tiger Field Hockey is in great hands moving forward."

"Coach Holmes-Winn has been one of the most dominant coaches in Ivy League history and we are grateful for her tremendous dedication to Princeton Field Hockey and Princeton Athletics,” expressed Marcoux. “While we are sad to lose Coach Holmes-Winn from our team of extraordinary coaches, we are extremely proud of all that she has accomplished. She has spent her career focused on teaching elite athletes the skills and behaviors needed to reach peak performance. This new opportunity will allow her to continue to pursue her passion in a different way. We wish her all the best as she enters this new stage of her career. The solid foundation that she and her staff have laid for Tiger Field Hockey will allow our program to continue to succeed at the very highest level."

Holmes-Winn had a remarkable run leading the Tigers, highlighted by winning the program’s and Ivy League’s first-ever National Championship in 2012. In the national championship game, the squad defeated No. 1 North Carolina 3-2 in a come-from-behind effort. During that season, the Tigers posted a school record 21-1 (7-0 Ivy) ledger, while outscoring league opponents 45-1.

During her tenure, Holmes-Winn led Princeton to 12 Ivy League titles, 11 NCAA tournaments and a 164-80 overall (.672) and 86-5 Ivy (.940) record. In postseason play, the Tigers reached the NCAA quarterfinals seven times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015).

Holmes-Winn has also had several players represent the United States on the national stage. The Tigers had two players, Katie Reinprecht ‘13 and Julia Reinprecht ’14, play at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, while Michele Cesan ’14 was an alternates. The Reinprecht sisters and Kathleen Sharkey ‘13 will also likely represent the U.S. team at the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics.

Over the past 13 seasons, 12 different players have received an All-American accolade highlighted by three-time first team All-Americans Katie Reinprecht and Sharkey (2009, 2010, 2012). Reinprecht was also the 2012 National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) Player of the Year and was one of six Tigers to win Ivy League Player of the Year/Offensive Player of the Year.

The 2012 NFHCA National Coach of the Year has led Princeton to 11 consecutive Ivy League titles. A staple in the national rankings, the Tigers have had 45 first-team All-Ivy League players, 27 second-team All-Ivies and 21 honorable mentions during Holmes-Winn’s time. 

A national search for the next coach of Princeton field hockey is underway.

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