P.J. Soteriades recently concluded her 18th year as the head field hockey coach at Denison in 2018.
Since taking over the program in 2000, Soteriades has won 187 games and has advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament 13 times. She is the program’s all-time leader in wins and is the longest-tenured coach in Denison field hockey history.
Most recently in 2018, Soteriades received NCAC Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time in her career after going undefeated in the conference (14-0) for the third time in program history. After locking down their second-straight NCAC Tournament crown in 2018, Soteriades guided the Big Red to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1999-00. DU finished their season at 18-3 overall, which matched the school record for single-season wins set in 2011 and 1984. Along with her assistant coach Kellie Jasinski, the Big Red duo was also named the NFHCA's Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
In 2017, the Big Red went 17-4 highlighted by a 15-game winning streak that was capped off by a 2-1 victory over Wittenberg in the NCAC tournament championship game. The conference title earned Denison an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. First-year defender Michelle Kabaira was named a DIII All-American as well as being named NCAC Defensive Player of the Year, NCAC Newcomer of the Year, and was a first-team All-NCAC selection. Charlotte Godfrey and Jen Durbin were also named to All-Great Lakes Region teams.
In 2014, the Big Red posted a 13-7 record highlighted by wins over No. 15 Rochester and an upset over No. 19 DePauw in the semifinals of the NCAC Tournament. Denison would advance to the NCAC Tournament championship before falling to Kenyon, 1-0. Three players were named to the all-region team.
In 2012, Soteriades and the Big Red posted a 15-6 record while placing second in the NCAC with a 10-4 league record. The 15 wins were the second-most in her tenure.
The 2011 season will go down as one of the most successful seasons in Denison field hockey history. Soteriades was named the regional and conference Coach of the Year after leading Denison to an 18-2 record, 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.
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 preseason 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.
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. was 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. She also earned membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society.
Within the athletic department, Soteriades also serves as the advisor to the Denison Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
Soteriades and her husband, Jay, live in Grandview with their two children.