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Jan. 31, 2019 — A long-time coach hangs up her whistle

One of the nation’s longest-tenured field hockey coaches, Kathy DeAngelis, has resigned from her position as coach at Hofstra University.

As a player, DeAngelis prepped under the legendary Sandy Curt at Lexington (Mass.,) and was a standout on some of the mid-80s Massachusetts sides, including the 1987 Final Four team. She was in the U.S. high-performance pool, playing in the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival, a precursor to the current USFHA Women’s National Championship.

As a coach, she steered Hofstra to 200 wins and 210 defeats in 21 seasons in a New York metropolitan area which has seen numerous changes in the collegiate field hockey landscape since she started.

Back in 1992, DeAngelis pretty much had the New York City area to herself. But with the start of field hockey programs at Columbia in 1996, Adelphi in 2008, Pace in 2015, LIU-Brooklyn in 2016, Wagner in 2019, and the planned megamerger of the LIU-Brooklyn and LIU-Post campuses scheduled for 2020, the recruiting game has changed, even as many of the better athletes in the region are choosing lacrosse.

DeAngelis had, towards the end of her Hofstra tenure, become one of a growing number of U.S. college coaches to start a USFHA-affiliated youth club, called Long Island United.

I, for one, hope the club continues.

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