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Rogers Appointed Head Field Hockey Coach

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 15, 2004 – Melissa Rogers '02 G '04 has been appointed head field hockey coach and instructor in the physical education department at Springfield College for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Rogers, a native of Southwick, Mass., and a former All-American at Springfield College, takes over for Dottie Potter Zenaty, who retired as head coach and associate professor of physical education in May after 34 seasons. Zenaty, who ranks fifth on college field hockey’s all-time victory list with 377, was inducted in the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) Hall of Fame in January.

“This is a great day for Springfield College field hockey,” said Dr. Cathie Schweitzer, director of athletics. “Melissa learned the game from Coach Zenaty and I can’t think of a better person to continue the program’s proud tradition.”

“I know I have big shoes to fill, but I’ve learned from the best, and I am confident that we will continue to be very successful,” said Rogers. “I had a great experience as a student-athlete at Springfield College, so to give back as a coach and an educator is a wonderful opportunity.”

Rogers served on Coach Zenaty’s staff the last two seasons while pursuing a master’s degree in athletic administration, which she completed in May. Prior to her tenure as a coach, Rogers enjoyed one of the most productive careers in SC field hockey history. She is SC’s second all-time leading scorer with 128 points (59 goals, 10 assists). As a senior team captain in 2001,

Rogers was an NFHCA/STX First-Team All-American after leading Division III in goals (28) and finishing second in points (62). She was also the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III co-Player of the Year in ’01.

Rogers’ playing career coincided with an incredibly successful era in the program’s history. A four-year letter winner from 1998 to 2001, she sparked the Pride to an 80-22 record (an average of 20 wins per season), and to two trips to the NCAA Division III Tournaments as well as a pair of NEWMAC championships in 1999 and 2000. She helped the Pride to the Division III national semifinals as a sophomore in ’99. In her junior season, Rogers propelled SC to the 2000 national championship match, where the Pride dropped a 1-0 decision to William Smith.

Rogers was awarded a bachelor’s degree in sports management in May of 2002.

Rogers takes over a squad that finished 16-10 in ’03 and reached the championship match of the NEWMAC and ECAC tournaments. Four of the Pride’s top-six scorers return, including All-American back Kim Stevens (North Knox, Maine), who led the team with 26 points, and all-region midfielder Sarah Brooker (Auburn, Maine). Rogers also welcomes back junior keeper Lindsey Pardue (Houston, Texas), a two-year starter who recorded a 15-8 record with a 1.67 goals-against average last season.

“Melissa is ready for this position and she is going to do a wonderful job” said Zenaty. “She’s very professional and relates well to students and parents, and the staff at Springfield College. I am so excited for her and the players in the program.”
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