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Nov. 08, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU field hockey coach earns Coach of Year title

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. –Julie Swiney, head coach of the Slippery Rock University field hockey team, has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-West Coach of the Year.

Swiney was recognized by her coaching peers after turning the SRU program around over the last three seasons and this fall leading the team to its best year in more than a decade.

The Rock finished the year ranked No. 9 in the nation, won eight games for the first time since 1998 and only the sixth time in school history. The team qualified for the PSAC playoffs for the second consecutive year, under Swiney’s leadership.

In addition, The Rock landed five players, a school record, on the All-Conference Team announced earlier this month. The five will now be considered for All-Region honors from the NFHCA.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.