Aug. 30, 1999
BERKELEY - Cal women's field hockey head coach Shellie Onstead, who directed the Under-16 U.S. Men's National team this past year, has been named National Coach of the Year, the U.S. Field Hockey Association announced Monday.
In 1999, Onstead guided the U.S. men to a fourth-place finish at the Easter Tournament in the Netherlands. The U.S. team finished the tournament with a 4-4-3 record. The only female on the men's coaching staff, Onstead then led the team to a 2-1 record in a series of games against Canada at the Olympic Training Center.
"Shellie organized the boys and produced a very disciplined group both on and off the field," said Leslie Milne, chair of U.S. Field Hockey's High Performance Committee, which oversees the elite team programs. "We did not have high expectations for them, but their results were outstanding and the organizers and parents were all very complimentary of the way the boys represented themselves and the USFHA. We are very pleased with how quickly this young group of players is developing and the seriousness with which they take the game while at the same time having fun."
Onstead, the first All-American in Cal field hockey history, is in her fifth season as head coach of the Bears. This year, Cal is off to a 3-0 start, having outscored its opponents, 22-1. Onstead has an overall 39-32 record with the Bears.