Sept. 1, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head field hockey coach Michele Madison was recently one of 11 members elected to the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors. Of those 11, she is one of only two active coaches on the list, joined by Penn State's Char Morett.
In her 13th year of coaching at Michigan State and her 16th overall, Madison has developed the Spartan field hockey program into one of the premiere programs in the nation. Entering the 2005 season with a record of 143-108-2 at State and 196-135-6 record overall, Madison is one of the most successful Division I coaches of all time.
MSU has clinched three Big Ten Championships (2001, 2003, 2004), two Big Ten Tournament Championships (2002, 2003) and appeared in the Final Four twice (2002, 2004) under Madison. She has coached at least one All-American in nine of the last 10 seasons and her players have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors 42 times.
Madison has also coached on two Olympic field hockey coaching staffs (Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996) and spent time with the U.S. National Team.
"It is a great honor to be named to the Board of Directors. The others members elected are some of the most important names in the sport and are responsible for making field hockey what it is today," Madison stated.
Joining Madison to the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors is Southern California controller Billie Ahluwalia, former umpiring chair and director of technical services Barbara Carriero, athletics and business consultant Merrily Dean Baker, 1996 USA Olympic Team head coach Pam Hixon, advertising technology executive Christine Hunsicker, civil engineer James Johnson, former USA men's national team coach Lenny McCaigue, Octagon sports marketing account manager Christine Millbauer, Boston attorney Daniel Shapiro and Morett.
USA Field Hockey President Sharon Taylor commented, "The new members represent a great balance to our Board with some members having previous association with USA Field Hockey and knowledge of our programs and others bringing a fresh perspective from other organizations and experiences. I'm really looking forward to working with all of them."