Field Hockey Coaches
|Title:||Head Field Hockey Coach|
P.J. Soteriades returns in 2012-13 for her 13th season as the head field hockey coach at Denison. Since taking over as the head field hockey coach in 2000, Soteriades has won 112 games and has advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament eight times.
Last year, Soteriades was named regional and conference Coach of the Year after leading Denison to its first NCAC title since 2000 and its first-ever NCAC Tournament crown. After receiving a first round bye in the NCAA Tournament, the Big Red suffered a 4-1 setback to MIT in the second round. Goalie Brittany Benson was named NCAC Defensive Player of the Year to highlight seven all-conference honorees. In addition, six athletes earned all-region honors, including sophomore Katie McMahon who received All-American recognition.
In 2010, Soteriades took the Big Red to a 6-6 record in conference play and a No. 4 seed in the NCAC Tournament where they took top-seed Wittenberg to overtime before falling, 3-2. Soteriades also spent the spring of 2011 as the interim women's lacrosse coach. After the team was predicted to finish six out of seven teams in presason conference poll, Soteriades guided the team to a 6-0 record in conference play and the program's first NCAC Tournament Championship since 2006. The team qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time in school history.
In 2009 the Big Red posted an 11-8 record which was the most wins at Denison since 2002. The team finished third in the NCAC standings before falling in the semifinals of the conference tournament. Seven players were named to the all-conference squad and Catie Merrick was named the conference's Newcomer of the Year after finishing second in the NCAC with 18 goals scored.
In 2000, Soteriades led the Big Red to a share of the North Coast Athletic Conference title finishing the season with a 13-8 overall and 10-2 conference record before bowing out in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
A 2000 graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor of science degree in organizational communication, Soteriades has gained considerable field hockey experience at the college level. After competing for Mid-American Conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant Ball State University as a first-year student, Soteriades completed her collegiate career as a three-year member of the Ohio University Bobcat varsity squad.
Included among her honors at Ohio U. were being selected to serve as team captain during her senior season. A Dean's List student, Soteriades was also the recipient of OU's Scholar-Athlete Award, and she earned membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society.
In addition to her playing and coaching background, Soteriades also brings significant organizational and leadership experience to the Big Red field hockey program. She founded her own company in Columbus which assists local executives and businesses with a wide range of services.
Soteriades also serves as the assistant advisor to the Denison Student Athlete Advisory Council.
|Title:||Asst. Field Hockey Coach|
Carly Dudzik begins her first season as the assistant field hockey coach at Denison in 2012.
Dudzik comes to Granville fresh off a solid four-year career at Amherst College. She was a two-sport athlete in field hockey and softball for the Lord Jeffs, serving as team captain in both sports as a senior. In field hockey, Dudzik was a two-time first-team All-American midfielder. She was also a three-time first-team All-Region and all-conference selection.
On the diamond, Dudzik was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and second-team all-conference in 2009. The Darien, Conn. native was also a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection as a sophomore. Dudzik graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.