In just seven years at Duke, head coach Beth Bozman has turned the Duke field hockey program into a top tier unit, as the Blue Devils have been a consistent presence at the national rankings. Bozman’s team advanced to four consecutive Final Fours from 2003-06, finishing as the national runner-up in three of those occasions (2003-05).
Last season, Bozman earned her 100th career victory at Duke with a 3-2 win against Michigan State on August 30. Under Bozman’s guidance, Duke had three All-America selections, two All-ACC picks and an astounding 13 players named to the NFHCA All-Academic Team. Senior Lauren Miller was also the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
The 2008 season, Bozman’s sixth at Duke, was a special one for the head coach, who earned the 300th win of her decorated career when the Blue Devils defeated Longwood by a score of 4-0 on Oct. 26. She became just the ninth coach at the Division-I level to reach that plateau. Bozman was later inducted into the NFHCA Hall of Fame Jan. 18 in Philadelphia.
Building on a successful 15-year career at Princeton, Bozman came to Durham in 2003 and immediately led Duke to four consecutive Final Four appearances, making it just the sixth school in the history of Division I field hockey to accomplish such a feat. In 2005, Duke became one of six schools to advance to three straight Final Fours, with Duke becoming the second school that Bozman has guided to three straight Final Fours, having done so with Princeton from 1996-98.
Bozman currently owns an overall coaching ledger of 310-122-6 and a mark of 107-45 at Duke. Her winning percentage of .704 is the best mark in Duke history for coaches who have been at Duke for more than one season. Since 2003, Bozman has averaged over 15 wins a season and has earned bids to the NCAA Tournament six times in the past seven years.
She has coached 10 conference Players of the Year, including Duke’s first ever in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Katie Grant (2005). Added to her list of individual accomplishments for her players are seven Ivy League Rookies of the Year, seven Honda Broderick Award nominees, 25 first team All-Americas, 27 All-Ivy League first team selections, and 18 All-ACC picks, while her teams have had a 100 percent graduation rate.
A master motivator and teacher, Bozman has coached at least two players to All-America status in each of her seven years as head coach of the Blue Devil squad, something that has only occurred in one other year in Duke field hockey history (1999) prior to her arrival. A school-record four members were named to the team in 2005, including the first two selections to the first team in Blue Devil history. The 2006 team repeated that feat with four All-America selections, including a school-record three first-team picks. In 2007, Laura Suchoski became the first player to garner first team All-America honors in two straight seasons and continued that run in 2008 as she was one of three Blue Devils to receive the honor.
The 2009 team was a young squad that was led by only two seniors, Lauren Miller and Amie Survilla, who both earned first team All-America honors and were selected to the All-ACC squad. Although Duke did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001, the Blue Devils had five All-South Region picks and concluded the season ranked 10th in the NCAA.
The 2008 season saw the Blue Devils, with four freshmen in the starting lineup, log a 15-6 overall record, advancing to the team’s 10th overall and seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships. There, the Blue Devils downed Connecticut in the first round before falling to the eventual national champions, the Maryland Terrapins, 8-5 in the second round. That game marked Duke’s sixth Elite Eight in seven years.
In 2007, an equally young Duke team compiled an overall ledger of 11-9 while facing one of the toughest schedules in the country. Bozman led the Blue Devils to their sixth straight and ninth overall NCAA Tournament bid.
The 2006 season saw Bozman’s Blue Devil team amass a record of 16-6 and reach the Final Four to become the only Duke team to accomplish the feat of advancing to four consecutive Final Fours. The season was highlighted by 16 wins over nationally ranked foes, including a 2-0 triumph over then-No. 1 Maryland, as the eventual national champion Terrapins suffered their first loss of the season on their own turf. At season’s end, Amy Stopford became the seventh player overall and second at Duke that Bozman has coached to be named a finalist for the Honda Award in field hockey, making her a nominee for the Honda Broderick Cup, given to the top female athlete in NCAA competition. In 2005, Hilary Linton was also a Honda Award finalist.
The 2005 squad went 18-5 overall, amassing an identical mark of the previous year’s team. When four starters left for the Junior World Cup in Chile in September, Bozman exhibited her expert coaching skills, leading a team of 14 players, including five freshmen, to three wins in four games against nationally ranked teams, including a victory at rival North Carolina’s home field. Duke had the most players in Division I competing in the Junior World Cup. In the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils won a pair of double-overtime games to advance out of the Princeton regional and defeated Wake Forest in the semifinal game to advance to the finals.
The 2005 success came on the heels of two other impressive seasons under Bozman. The year before, she guided the Blue Devils to their second straight Final Four appearance and an 18-5 record. For the second consecutive year in 2004, Duke also set new school records for goals (117), assists (90) and points (324). Bozman’s squad posted eight wins over ranked opponents, including a 2-1 victory in Chapel Hill over top-ranked North Carolina to advance to the NCAA Final Four.
In 2003, Bozman led Duke to its best season up to that point in program history. The Blue Devils won a school-record 20 games, scored 106 goals and reached the NCAA Tournament national championship game for the first time in school history. Duke won 12 games against nationally ranked competition, including a three-game stretch that featured wins over then-No. 3 Maryland, then-No. 1 Wake Forest and then-No. 2 North Carolina. In addition to the numerous accolades received by her players in 2003, Bozman was named Woman of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
In addition to earning the admiration and loyalty of her players, Bozman has garnered respect at the national level. She has been named the Regional Coach of the Year three times and was named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1996, when she guided Princeton to its first NCAA Championship game.
In 15 seasons at Princeton (1988-2002), Bozman crafted a program that continually dominated the Ivy League and was consistently in the middle of the national title race. Compiling a record of 188-73-6 (.715), Bozman went 80-13-3 in the Ivy League and her 1998 Tiger team is the only Ivy League squad to advance to a national championship game.
Before coaching at Princeton, Bozman spent a year at James Madison as the assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach before taking over the head coaching duties for both sports at Hofstra. In 1987 she led the Flying Dutchwomen to a 15-4 record and a No. 18 national ranking.
Bozman graduated from Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey) in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. She earned her master’s degree in 1981 after a one-year stint as a graduate assistant at Old Dominion. Bozman returned to Trenton State as an assistant coach from 1980-86, during which time the field hockey team won two Division III national championships and was runner-up twice.
This past summer, Bozman received Level III Accreditation from the USFHA and is a past president of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, currently serving on the South Region All-America committee. Actively involved with the U.S. Field Hockey Association, Bozman coached the U.S. Under-16 Team in The Netherlands in March of 2008.