PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph's field hockey head coach Lynn Farquhar was honored by the Philadelphia Coaches Conference with its Collegiate Coach of the Year award earlier this week. Farquhar was among the honored guests at the organization's fifth annual gathering, held at Temple University's School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management.
Farquhar joins a list of past award winners that includes national championship-winning head coaches such as Villanova men's basketball head coach Jay Wright and West Chester University baseball head coach Jad Prachniak as well as former Temple football head coach Matt Rhule.
“I am honored and humbled,” Farquhar said. “It is a privilege to be recognized in such a remarkable city full of talented sports teams.”
The Philadelphia Coaches Conference seeks to engage coaches with a focus on off-field aspects of coaching such as recruiting, social media, fundraising, mental skills training, nutrition, and strength training. Each year, the PCC celebrates a youth, scholastic, collegiate, and professional coach in the Philadelphia region who stands out among his or her peers. While success on the field is valued, the PCC seeks to honor coaches who make a significant impact in the lives of their athletes and athletic programs.
“Thank you to the Philadelphia Coaches Conference and [conference director] Dr. Amy Giddings, who does an amazing job bringing together coaches across all sports platforms, ranging from youths to professionals,” Farquhar said. “I also want to thank Director of Athletics Jill Bodensteiner for empowering and supporting our field hockey student-athletes.
“At Saint Joseph's, we pride ourselves in not only our individual development, but making those around us look better. This award is a testament to our team and staff, and the hard work, passion, and spirit they invest in our unit every day.”
Farquhar has led the Hawks to three consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season titles, the last two Atlantic 10 tournament championships, and the first two NCAA Tournament berths in program history. The three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2016-18) and 2017 ECAC Division I Coach of the Year, Farquhar has guided three All-America honorees at SJU; prior to 2016, only two Hawks had ever received such recognition. Senior Anna Willocks and junior Victoria Kammerinke have become the program's first-ever multiple-time All-Americans under Farquhar's tutelage, with Willocks garnering three honors and becoming the first Hawk to be named to the First Team since 1986.
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown (Professional Coach of the Year), Frankford High School varsity football coach Bill Sytsma (Scholastic Coach of the Year), and Upper Darby Challenger Baseball president Jack Malone (Youth Coach of the Year) were also honored at the event.