Former U.S. Olympian and 12-year national team member, Jill Reeve begins her seventh season as the head coach of Miami's field hockey program.
Reeve has done a remarkable job rebuilding the RedHawks with another successful season in 2009. The RedHawks finished with a 13-10 record and finished third in the Mid-American Conference with a 7-3 record. Miami advanced to the MAC Championship game, where it fell in heartbreaking fashion, 2-1, to Ohio. A school record tying five players earned All-MAC honors, including three on the first team. Back Katie Brightwell and forward Mary Hull were further honored with spots on the NFHCA All-Region and All-MAC Academic teams. The 2009 season represented the fifth consecutive year that the RedHawks have won 10 or more games, which is the longest streak in school history.
In 2008, Miami went 14-7 overall and finished second in the MAC with a 7-3 record. Four of Reeve's players earned All-MAC honors, as well as two more receiving Academic All-MAC awards. Back Katie Brightwell earned NFHCA All-Region recognition. The RedHawks' 14 wins in `08 were the most since winning 14 in 1983.
In her fourth season, Reeve led the RedHawks to their second trip to the MAC Championship in three years. They fell just short of advancing to the NCAA Tournament play-in game when they dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to 15th-ranked Ohio. Four players earned All-MAC honors, while Alyssa Nye was named to the NFHCA All-Region team.
Reeve's 2006 squad advanced to the MAC Tournament semifinals and garnered three All-MAC honorees, as well as three Academic All-MAC awards. Forward Taylor Florence earned NFHCA All-Region recognition. The RedHawks' 10 wins in `06 marked the first back-to-back 10-win seasons since the 1981-83 campaigns.
In the season before she arrived, Miami had a 1-17 record, but Reeve quickly righted the ship with 17 victories in her first two seasons. Included in those 17 wins was a 10-12 season in 2005, marking the first time since 1996 that Miami had won 10 or more games. The 2005 season was memorable for another reason, as the RedHawks advanced to the final game of the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the first time in program history, falling just one victory shy of reaching the NCAA Tournament.
In her first season at Miami, Reeve led the 2004 RedHawks to a 7-14 overall mark and guided the Red and White to the program's first MAC regular-season and tournament victories since the 2000 season. In fact, the seven victories in 2004 were two more than the combined win total from the three seasons prior to Reeve's arrival.
A total of nine RedHawks have earned a combined 23 all-conference accolades during Reeve's tenure, including five 2009, along with four each in both 2005 and 2008. In 2004, Reeve helped mentor the Mid-American Conference Co-Player of the Year in goalkeeper Kerri Orr, who became the first Miami player to win the award since its inception in 1992.
After retiring from an illustrious playing career that included a 12-year stint on the U.S. National team, Reeve entered a new phase of her field hockey career on Feb. 4, 2004, when Miami director of athletics Brad Bates tabbed her to succeed Lil Fesperman, who guided the Red and White for 27 years.
Though 2004 marked her first season as a collegiate head coach, Reeve was loaded with experience as an assistant coach. She worked with three highly-regarded field hockey programs in William and Mary, Penn State and Dartmouth prior to Miami. She served at William and Mary from 2000-02 before focusing on her professional playing career. She was an assistant coach for the Nittany Lions of Penn State from 1996-2000 and received her first coaching job immediately after college when she was appointed as Dartmouth's assistant coach from 1993-95.
What is truly impressive about Reeve's resume is the extent and success of her playing experience. She spent 12 years playing on the U.S. team and during her career was one of the nation's best. Reeve competed in the World Cup in 1994, 1998 and 2002, which included a Bronze Medal in the 1994 Ireland World Cup. She played in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga., and represented the U.S. at an Olympic qualifying event in England in 2000.
In 1999, Reeve achieved the pinnacle of her playing career when she was honored as the United States Field Hockey Association Female Athlete of the Year. During the 1999 and 2000 seasons, she was a co-captain on the U.S. Team. Reeve was the team's sole captain two years prior in 1997.
Reeve also was a dynamic field hockey player as a student-athlete at Old Dominion from 1989-93. She earned All-America honors at ODU in 1991 and is the current NCAA record-holder for career assists with 138. While at ODU, Reeve was a member of four National Championship squads from 1989-92. Reeve graduated from ODU in 1993 with a degree in education. She holds a level III coaching accreditation from USA Field Hockey, the highest level available.