Hohlt departing as Bates' head field hockey coach

LEWISTON, Maine -- After 15 years at the helm, head coach Wynn Hohlt has announced her intention to leave the Bates College field hockey program, effective at the end of the current academic year.

Hohlt has led Bates' field hockey program since 1998, guiding the team to ECAC Championship play in 1998, 1999 and 2000, and NESCAC Championship play in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2010. In 1999, her second season at Bates, she coached the team to an 11-4 record, the highest win total for the program since 1982.

"I have loved coaching at Bates," said Hohlt. "I am lucky to have worked with such a fantastic group of colleagues and with wonderful student-athletes over my career.  While I know that I will miss aspects of college athletics, it is time to explore new opportunities, and I am looking forward to the adventure ahead."

Hohlt started her coaching career at Plymouth State College in 1992. She led the Panther field hockey program to a 78-33-1 record with five postseason berths in six seasons, and has since accumulated a 155-170-2 overall record over 21 seasons, with 10 trips into postseason play.

She graduated from Williams College in 1989, where she was an all-region goalkeeper. She later earned a master's degree in exercise and sports studies from Smith College.

Noted Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh, "Wynn is an exceptional individual who has served the field hockey program, the athletic department and the college well during her tenure, and has positively impacted a generation of student-athletes."

The search for Bates' new field hockey coach will begin right away, so as to prepare optimally for the 2013 field hockey season in the fall.