A former Olympian and a member of the United States Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame, Laurel Martin returns for her fifth season as the head field hockey coach at Stevenson in 2015.
Last season, Martin led the Mustangs to the program's best season, finishing with a school record 15 wins and the team's first postseason title. Stevenson claimed the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship with a double overtime victory, finishing the season a perfect 6-0 in overtime. Senior Caitlin Dempsey was named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-American Third Team becoming the first in program history.
In 2014, the Mustangs tied the school record with 10 wins en route to the Commonwealth Conference quarterfinals. The team have five players named All-Conference, including junior Caitlin Dempsey who earned first team honors. Dempsey was also named to the Inaguarl MAC Academic All-Conference Team.
For the sixth straight season, the Stevenson field hockey team received the NFHCA National Academic Team Award for having a team grade point average above a 3.0.
In 2012, the team finished 8-12 in their first season in the Commonwealth Conference. Two players were named to the All-Commonwealth Conference second team.
In her first season with the Mustangs, Martin guided the team to a 6-14 record and the teams sixth straight appearance in the CAC Field Hockey Championship.
Prior to coming to Stevenson, Martin spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Lebanon Valley College where she compiled a 169-50 career record, leading Lebanon Valley to six NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship appearances, including two semifinal and four quarterfinal berths.
Martin led the Dutchmen to a Commonwealth Conference title in 2006, one of seven conference championship game appearances during her tenure, and the nation's No. 1 ranking in 2010. Lebanon Valley has been ranked in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll for 58 consecutive weeks.
A two-time NFCA Regional Coach of the Year, Martin mentored 28 All-Region and 15 All-America selections as well as three Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year recipients and three Rookie of the Year winners.
The Dutchmen went 19-3 last season and were ranked at No. 3 in the final NFHCA poll. The team fell to No. 4 Bowdoin in the third round of the NCAA championship. Her two semifinal appearances came in the back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007 as Lebanon Valley had a combined 41-5 overall record.
In 2004, the Dutchmen won the title at the ECAC Division III South Atlantic Championship.
A 1991 graduate of North Carolina, Martin was a three-time All-American and played on UNC's 1989 national championship team. In 1990, she was named team captain before competing in the World University Games (Sheffield, England), the Pan-American Games (Havana, Cuba), and the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Auckland, New Zealand) in 1991.
In 1994, Martin played for the U.S. National Team in the World Cup held in Dublin, Ireland. She returned to the Pan-American Games, this time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1995 and was a United States Olympian in 1996 in Atlanta.
In June 2004, Martin was inducted into the USFHA Hall of Fame for her years of service on the U.S. National Team.
Martin has coached at numerous clinics and camps and was a nationally-rated USFHA official. She has been a Certified Sport Specific Field Hockey Trainer at both the high school and college levels since 1990 and has also been a fitness instructor and AFFA Certified Aerobics Instructor certified in both C.P.R. and kickboxing.
Martin has been a member of the USFHA since 1985. In 1987, she was named as the Pennsylvania Mid-State Top Scholar Athlete and was a High School All-American. She has served as a motivational spokesperson for both the U.S. Olympic Committee and the USFHA.
Martin has coached camps or clinics at Elizabethtown College (1998, 1999), University of North Carolina (1991-1998), Duke University (1991), William and Mary College (1996), University of Maryland (1995) and for several high school programs including the Virginia Beach High School All-Star Festival Team (1996, 1997).
From 1990-92, Martin was a volunteer coach at North Carolina and in 1993 and 1994, she was a camp coach at the Merestead Camp in Collegeville, Pa. In 1996 and 1997, she was a Cape Henry Field Hockey Clinic Administrator in Virginia Beach, Va., and from 1996-1997 was the head field hockey coach for Cape Henry High School. In 1998, Martin was an assistant coach at North Carolina.
Martin has two daughters, Kali and Hannah.