GILBERT, Ariz. — Five staffs have been recognized as their region's Spiideo/NFHCA Coaching Staff of the Year.
The NFHCA officially recognizes each institution's countable coaches but acknowledges all of the important staff members that make each program successful.
University of Maryland
Missy Meharg, Katie Bam, Marvin Bam
The University of Maryland Terrapins finished the season 22-3 and were runners-up in the NCAA Division I National Championship. The Terps earned a share of the Big Ten Regular-Season Championship and were outright winners of the Big Ten Tournament Championship. Their roster touts Elite 90 award winner, Hannah Bond, 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year, Linnea Gonzales, three 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Americans and six 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Mid-Atlantic All-Region honorees. The 2018 season was Meharg's 31st and it was the second season for both Katie and Marvin Bam.
University of Connecticut
Nancy Stevens, Paul Caddy, Cheri Schulz
The University of Connecticut Huskies finished the season 19-4 and qualified for their 16th straight NCAA Championship Tournament. This year, the Huskies won their seventh straight BIG EAST Tournament Championship — the win was also head coach, Nancy Stevens' 500th at UCONN. Their roster includes the 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Mideast Region Player of the Year, Cecile Pieper, three 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Americans and seven 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Mideast All-Region honorees. The 2018 season was Stevens' 29th at UCONN and the 19th for Caddy and Schulz.
Tjerk van Herwaarden, Elizabeth Jacobson, Kelsey Kolojejchick
The Harvard University Crimson finished the season 17-2 and had a record-breaking year, setting institution records in most wins and longest winning streak, and earned the highest ranking in history on the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. This year, the Crimson won their fifth Ivy League Championship and earned their first NCAA Championship Tournament victory. Their roster includes two 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Americans and five 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast All-Region honorees. The 2018 season was the seventh for Van Herwaarden at Harvard and the first for Jacobson and Kolojejchick.
University of North Carolina
Karen Shelton, Grant Fulton, Mark Atherton
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels finished the season with a perfect 23-0 record and a 2018 NCAA National Championship — their program's seventh. This year, the Tar Heels were Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular-season champions and earned their 21st ACC Tournament Championship. Their roster features NCAA Championship Tournament MVP and 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA South Region Player of the Year, Ashley Hoffman, three 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Americans and five 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I South All-Region honorees. The 2018 season was the 38th for Shelton, the 13th for Fulton and the second for Atherton.
University of Iowa
Lisa Cellucci, Michael Boal, Roz Ellis
The University of Iowa Hawkeyes finished the season with a 14-7 record and were runners-up in the Big Ten Tournament Championship. This year's trip to the NCAA Championship Tournament marked the 23rd for the Hawkeyes. Their roster includes two 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Americans and five 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I West All-Region honorees. The 2018 season was the 19th for Cellucci at Iowa, the fifth for Boal, and the first for Ellis.