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Virginia Field Hockey Announces 2016 Recruiting Class

Head coach Michele Madison announces eight additions for the fall


Tara Vittese Named State Player of the Year

Cavaliers earn VaSID All-State Honors


Virginia Advances to NCAA Second Round with Overtime Goal Against Delaware

Lucy Hyams and Riley Tata teamed up for a breakaway game winner 8:13 into overtime


Virginia Wins OT Battle at Delaware on a Penalty Stroke

Tara Vittese scores the game-winner 4:11 into overtime


Big First Half Gives Virginia a 4-2 Win Over Duke

No. 4 Cavaliers improve to 7-0 with the win over the No. 7 Blue Devils


Field Hockey vs. North Carolina (by Jim Daves)

Field Hockey vs. North Carolina (by Jim Daves)


NCAA Field Hockey vs. Iowa (by Matt Riley)

NCAA Field Hockey vs. Iowa (by Matt Riley)


Field Hockey vs. Richmond (by Matt Riley)

Field Hockey vs. Richmond (by Matt Riley)

Head coach Michele Madison, a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches
Association Hall of Fame and a former assistant US National Team and Olympic coach,
has spent 10 seasons at the helm of the Cavalier field hockey program, leading UVA to
eight NCAA Tournament berths, including national semifinals appearances in 2009 and

In November of 2013, Madison was inducted into the NFHCA Hall of Fame, the first
Virginia coach to receive this honor.

Madison, who in 2012 became just the 26th head coach in NCAA Division I history to hit
the 300-win mark, currently ranks ninth among active coaches in career wins and has
accumulated more wins than any other coach in Virginia program history.

During her tenure in Charlottesville, Madison has recruited and coached a pair of four-
time All-Americans, Paige Selenski and Elly Buckley. Selenski and Buckley are two of
only 11 players in ACC history to earn All-American honors four times and two of 13
players to be a four-time All-ACC honoree.  In all, six different Cavaliers have earned 16
All-America honors while playing for Madison.

Two of Madison's All-Americans, Selenski and Michelle Vittese, helped the U.S.
National Team to its first gold medal at the Pan American Games in October 2011.
Vittese, the 2012 USA Field Hockey Player of the year, and Selenski also competed with
the US squad at the 2012 London Olympics and have helped elevate the US squad to a
world No. 5 ranking in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Last season under Madison’s guidance, sophomore Tara Vittese became the first Cavalier
and third-ever ACC player to be named the Longstreth/NFHCA National Player of the

Madison, a former member of the NCAA National Field Hockey Committee, enters her
28th overall season as a collegiate head coach. She is the only person to take three
different Division I programs (Temple, Michigan State and Virginia) to the NCAA
Tournament and her teams have consistently been ranked in the top-10 at various times of
the past decade. In addition to her experience in the college ranks, Madison also is the
only active Division I head coach to be a part of two United States Olympic staffs, having
worked as a manager with the 1988 Olympic Team in Seoul and served as the head
goalkeeper coach with the 1996 squad in Atlanta.

Madison is coming off a 2015 campaign in which her Cavaliers earned the No. 3 national
seed in the NCAA Tournament, spent the entire season ranked in the top-10 and seven
weeks ranked in the top-five. The ACC Tournament was held in Charlottesville, with the
Cavaliers falling in overtime in the semifinals to the eventual-national champion
Syracuse. Both Tara Vittese and Lucy Hyams earned NFHCA First-Team All-American
honors with Vittese being named the South Region Player of the Year and VaSID State
Player of the Year in addition to her National Player of the Year honor. Madison was named the 2015 State Coach of the Year in honors announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID), her fifth time winning the honor. 

In 2014, Madison led Virginia to its third-ever ACC regular-season title, with the
Cavaliers tying North Carolina atop the conference standings, but earning the top seed in
the conference tournament. Tara Vittese led the ACC in shots, shots per game, points,
points per game, goals and assists through the end of the regular season, becoming the
fifth-ever Cavalier to be named the ACC Freshman of the Year and the second-ever to be
named a first-team All-American in her rookie season. Virginia’s 3-0 blanking of Miami
(Ohio) on Sept. 9 was Madison’s 119th victory at the helm of the Cavaliers, putting her at
the top of the career wins list in program history.

2013 should have been a "rebuilding" year for the Cavaliers with the team losing a pair of
US National Team players/Olympians (Selenski and Vittese) to graduation. The
preseason ACC poll had UVA picked to finish second-to-last in the conference. Instead,
Virginia rose to as high as No. 4 in the NFHCA poll, finishing the regular season ranked
No. 5 and earning the program's 19th bid to the NCAA Tournament. ACC Freshman of
the Year Lucy Hyams anchored the midfield, helping to lead Buckley and a pair of
freshmen strikers, Riley Tata and Caleigh Foust, to create a very potent attack. The
defense also stepped up, registering six shutouts in the regular season. Buckley led the
ACC in seven different categories including points, goals and defensive saves.

In 2012, Madison hit a pair of career benchmarks. She won the 300th game of her career
with the Cavaliers' 5-4 victory over No. 3 Old Dominion on Sept. 2, becoming just the
26th head coach in NCAA Division I history to hit the 300-win mark. Madison currently
ranks ninth among active coaches in career wins. She also had her 100th win at Virginia
with the Cavaliers 3-2 victory over Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament,
tying her for second place on the Cavalier career victories list.

Madison led the Cavaliers back to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 after missing out in
2011. Not only did Virginia earn a berth, they had the privilege of hosting the first and
second round games. After a victory over Iowa in the first round, UVA fell in the second
round to eventual national champion Princeton.

2012 saw a rewriting of the record book as Selenski became both the Virginia and the
ACC career points leader. Selenski also scored the 100th goal of her career in the NCAA
first round tournament game against Iowa, becoming just the tenth player in NCAA
history and the second in the ACC and at UVA to score 100 career goals. She became a
four-time All-American and was just the ninth player in ACC history to earn All-
Conference honors four times. Vittese and Elly Buckley earned their third All-American

Of the ten players to score 100 or more goals in NCAA history, Madison recruited two of
them. In addition to Selenski, Madison also signed Kristy Gleason (1989-93) at Iowa.
Gleason finished her career ranked third in the NCAA record book with 132 goals for the

The Cavaliers advanced the NCAA semifinals in 2010 after beating Michigan State (3-2
in overtime) and Princeton (4-2) to join Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio State in the
national semifinals. Virginia finished the season ranked No. 3 by the National Field
Hockey Coaches Association.

Virginia made its third trip to the NCAA semifinals in 2009 under Madison, defeating
Richmond and Michigan State (in overtime) en route to a final four berth. The Cavaliers
also advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament, playing for the
conference title on their home field. The team set records for wins (20) and games played
(24) in a season.

UVA's Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese were both named to the United States
National Team in the summer of 2010 and earned their first international caps in matches
with the English and Irish national teams that summer.

Selenski and Vittese were each named first-team All-Americans by the NFHCA in 2010
and teammate Elly Buckley was a third-team honoree, marking the second consecutive
year three Cavaliers earned the distinction of All-American. Additionally, Virginia placed
seven student-athletes on the all-region team, including a school record four first-team
members (Buckley, Selenski, Vittese and Rachel Jennings). Buckley was also selected to
the national all-rookie team, named by, becoming the sixth
Virginia named to the squad under Madison.

In 2009, three Cavaliers were named NFHCA All-Americans, including Selenski (first
team), Inga Stockel (second team) and Vittese (third team) Selenski, a two-time Honda
Award semifinalist, joined Stockel and Vittese on the All-ACC team. For the second
straight year, Virginia put five members on the all-region squad and Charlotte van den
Broek was honored as part of the national all-rookie team.

During the 2008 campaign, Virginia returned to the quarterfinals of the NCAA
Tournament and freshman Paige Selenski made program history, becoming the first
Cavalier to be named the National Rookie of the Year. UVA finished the season with a
No. 12 ranking, had two All-Americans and All-ACC selections in senior Inge Kaars
Sijpesteijn and Selenski, and had five team members picking up all-region honors, with
freshmen Michelle Vittese and Floor Vogels as well as junior Traci Ragukas joining
Kaars Sijpesteijn and Selenski. Virginia also continued to put at least one member on the
national all-rookie team for the third time in program history. Selenski and Vittese, who
both represented the United States at the Junior World Cup in Boston, were named to the

In 2007, Madison helped lead Virginia to its second straight NCAA Tournament
appearance. UVA was ranked eighth in the nation to start the year, and Ragukas and
Kaars Sijpesteijn were both named to the NFHCA second-team all-region squad. Kaars
Sijpesteijn additionally received All-America and All-ACC honors for the second
consecutive season. Also for the second straight year, Virginia had a member selected to
the National All-Rookie squad in first-year Shelly Edmonds.

In her first year in Charlottesville, Madison orchestrated Virginia's return to the top-10
and was named the 2006 National Coach of the Year by That
year, Virginia rose to as high as No. 4 in the nation and advanced to the quarterfinals of
the NCAA Tournament before ending the season with a 14-8 record against the nation's
fifth-toughest schedule. Madison coached Kaars Sijpesteijn to first-team All-America
honors, Virginia's first first-team All-American since 1998. She also mentored Ragukas
to National Rookie Team recognition, the first such honor for a Cavalier in school

The former head coach at Michigan State from 1993-2005, Madison led the Spartans to
their first-ever No. 1 ranking. Michigan State advanced to the NCAA Tournament four
times, including two NCAA semifinal berths (2002, 2004) and two quarterfinal
appearances (2001, 2003) during her tenure in East Lansing. Madison, named the 2001
Big Ten Coach of the Year, also guided the Spartans to back-to-back conference titles in
2001 and 2002. During the 2002 season, she picked up another coaching honor, being
tabbed the West Region Coach of the Year. Madison left Michigan State as the school's
all-time leader in victories.

The Philadelphia native spent four seasons as the head coach at Temple prior to her
appointment at Michigan State. At Temple, she took the team to national championship
contention in just her second year at the helm. During Madison's tenure, the Owls
compiled a 53-27-6 record and appeared in three NCAA Tournaments, twice advancing
to the quarterfinals. Temple also won the A-10 Conference Tournament Championship in

Madison additionally served a two-year (1989-90) stint as the assistant coach for the Owl
women's lacrosse team that advanced to the NCAA Semifinals both seasons. During her
stay in Philadelphia, Madison coached 12 All-Americans, 21 all-region selections, three
Academic All-Americans, two National Team members and one Honda Broderick award

Prior to her position at Temple, Madison served as an assistant coach at Iowa for seven
seasons (1982-89). During that span, the Hawkeyes advanced to the Final Four four times
and captured their only NCAA championship title in 1986.

A former member of the U.S. Field Hockey Board of Directors and the United States
Field Hockey Foundation, Madison has been integrally involved in the U.S. Field Hockey
community. In addition to her stint with the 1988 and 1996 Olympic Teams, she was an
assistant coach at the 1994 World Cup in which the United States won the bronze, their
highest finish in history.

She also served as a notational analyst for the 1998 World Cup in Utrecht for England.
Madison, who spent two and a half years on the coaching staff for the U.S. National
Team, served as head coach on the 2003 U.S. Under-20 team, after coaching at the
prestigious "A" camp for the U.S. Junior National Team trials. In the spring of 2002,
Madison assisted the U.S. National Team at the Champions Challenge in South Africa. In
the summer of 2005, Madison was named to the USFHA Board of Directors and was part
of the advisory committee that made the decision to hire Terry Walsh, the Technical
Director of High Performance for USA Field Hockey.
Madison has also coached the Midwest Cyclones of the United Airlines Field Hockey
League, leading the team to runner-up finishes in the championship game in 2000 and

Madison is a 1982 physical education graduate of Rutgers University, where she played
field hockey and lacrosse. She earned her master's degree in athletic administration from
Iowa in 1984. Madison was inducted into the Gloucester County (N.J.) Hall of Fame in
1993 and the Williamstown (N.J.) High School Hall of Fame in 1992.

Michele Madison Coaching Record

Year School Record Postseason
1989 Temple 12-8-2
1990 Temple 18-6-0 NCAA Quarterfinals
1991 Temple 15-6-2 NCAA Quarterfinals; A-10 Tourney Champion
1992 Temple 11-8-2 NCAA First Round
Temple Totals 56-28-6  3 NCAA Tournament Appearances
1993 Michigan State 6-13-0
1994 Michigan State 4-14-2
1995 Michigan State 8-12-0
1996 Michigan State 12-9-0
1997 Michigan State 11-10-0
1998 Michigan State 8-12-0
1999 Michigan State 9-11-0
2000 Michigan State 11-9-0
2001 Michigan State 16-6-0 NCAA Quarterfinals; Big Ten Champions
2002 Michigan State 23-3-0 NCAA Semifinals; Big Ten Tournament Champions
2003 Michigan State 17-5-0 NCAA Quarterfinals; Big Ten Champions;
Big Ten Tournament Champions
2004 Michigan State 18-4-0 NCAA Semifinals; Big Ten Champions
2005 Michigan State 12-8-0
Michigan State Totals 155-116-2  4 NCAA Tournament Appearances
2006 Virginia 14-8-0 NCAA Quarterfinals
2007 Virginia 11-10-0 NCAA First Round
2008 Virginia 14-9-0 NCAA Quarterfinals
2009 Virginia 20-4-0 NCAA Semifinals
2010 Virginia 18-4-0 NCAA Semifinals
2011 Virginia 8-12-0
2012 Virginia 16-6-0 NCAA Quarterfinals
2013 Virginia 15-6-0 NCAA First Round
2014 Virginia 12-8-0 ACC Regular-Season Co-Champions
2015 Virginia 15-6-0 NCAA Quarterfinals
Virginia Totals 143-73-0 8 NCAA Tournament Appearances
Career Totals 354-217-8 15 NCAA Tournament Appearances


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