Six Conference Titles | Four NCAA Tournament Appearances | 2017 NCAA Elite Eight | Seven All-Americans
Anthony named NFHCA Regional "Coaching Staff" of the Year
GILBERT, Ariz. – Despite managing the entire 2017 season without an assistant coach, Jenelle Anthony has earned Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors, it was announced Thursday.
Anthony, a five-time Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Coach of the Year, guided the Colonels to undoubtedly the most successful season in program history – all while working without a full-time assistant.
Centre went 17-5 overall, setting the school record for wins in a season, while advancing to the program's first-ever NCAA Elite Eight. The Colonels defeated No. 7 MIT, 2-1, in the NCAA Sweet 16 to reach the quarterfinals, where they eventually fell to No. 3 TCNJ.
Prior to their historic NCAA Tournament run, Centre captured the SAA Championship with a resounding 4-1 win against rival Rhodes. It then hosted the NCAA Tournament first round for the first time, defeating Washington & Jefferson in overtime, 3-2.
Anthony owns an 83-44 record as Centre's head coach since taking over in 2011, including a 33-9 mark over the last two seasons. She has coached seven All-Americans, as well, most recently guiding Hayley Barker and Brooklyn Bell to the NFHCA Division III All-America Second Team.
Anthony said, "I'm extremely humbled by this accolade and the success our team had this season. It was an experience both my team, our student-staff, and the College will never forget. I was very confident going into this season; however, any normal person would have some small doubts with not having a true assistant coach that you can confide in, bounce ideas off of, and be that extra set of eyes your program needs. I had the most amazing support from my athletic department, the college, and of course my amazingly talented student-managers.
She continued: "Centre College is an amazing institution that draws in the best and brightest individuals from all over the country; and those were the young students that I had the pleasure of working with this season. "
Although she didn't have a full-time assistant coach, Anthony was greatly assisted by her managers. Jack Perryman and Graeme Warner, members of the Centre's men's lacrosse team, were instrumental in helping out with goalie training.
Cole Alsip was a student-trainer and coined as an "student-assistant coach," and always brought the laughs at practice and on the teams' NCAA run.
Lena Jewler was a dual field hockey/lacrosse student-athlete but solely switched over to lacrosse due to added injury, and helped with Centre field hockey's team logistics, office management, and was "the voice" for the home game broadcasts.
2017 NFHCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year honorees
Mid-Atlantic Region – University of Maryland
Mideast Region – University of Connecticut
Northeast Region – Boston University
South Region – University of North Carolina
West Region – University of Michigan
Atlantic Region – Shippensburg University
East Region – LIU Post
Great Lakes Region – Centre College
New England East Region - MIT
New England West Region – Middlebury College
North Atlantic Region – University of Rochester
South Atlantic Region – Messiah College
South Region – Franklin & Marshall College