Kristen Holmes-Winn enters her 10th season as the head coach of the Princeton field hockey team. In nine years leading the field hockey program, Holmes-Winn has led the Tigers to eight Ivy League titles, seven NCAA tournaments and a 110-56 record.
Last season Princeton won its 20th Ivy League title in program history following a 10-8, 6-1 Ivy record despite missing four veteran starters due to U.S. National Team duties. Under Holmes-Winn's guidance the Tigers won their Play-In Game versus Rider, 1-0 in double overtime, before advancing to the NCAA Tournament First Round. Princeton fell 3-2 at UConn to end the year.
In 2010, Holmes-Winn guided the Tigers to the program's 19th Ivy League championship and its sixth in a row. Princeton was ranked in the National Top 5 for much of the seasonand reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in four seasons. A highlight of the season was a win over top-ranked and eventual National Champion Maryland at Class of '52 Stadium in late September. Princeton finished the season at 14-5 overall.
Princeton extended its Ivy League winning streak to 24 games, which
dates back to the 2007 season and Holmes-Winn sports a 49-3 record in
Ivy League games during her seven seasons as head coach. Princeton's 24-game Ivy League win streak is the longest active Ivy winning streak in any Ivy sport.
In 2009 Holmes-Winn led the Tigers to the NCAA semifinals for the first time since the 2002 season. Princeton finished the season 16-3 overall and all three losses came to nationally ranked opponents. The Tigers won 16 games before falling to Maryland in the National Semifinals.
At Princeton, Holmes-Winn has guided many players to significant individual honors. She has coached five first-team All-America selections (Natalie Martirosian in 2003, Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey in 2009 and 2010), five second-team All-America selections and four third-team All-Americas. In each of the past two seasons, Princeton has had a nominee for the top award in collegiate field hockey, the Honda Award. Katie Reinprecht was a 2009 finalist and Kathleen Sharkey was one in 2010.
She has coached seven Ivy League Players of the Year and five Ivy League Rookie of the Years, while seeing a total of 54 All-Ivy honorees in her tenure at Princeton. Holmes-Winn's team have also acheieved academically at Princeton with 27 players receiving NFHCA All-Academic Squad honors and as a program Princeton was recognized five times on the NFHCA National Academic Team listings with a team GPA averaging above 3.00.
Holmes-Winn set a career-high with 17 wins during the 2008 season as Princeton ascended into the Top 10 in the national rankings and reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the second time in three years before falling in overtime to Syracuse.
Princeton also reached the NCAA quarterfinals under Holmes-Winn's leadership in 2006 playing at home. Princeton was a perfect 7-0 in league play and defeated third-seeded Old Dominion 3-2 in overtime in the opening round for Princeton's first NCAA tournament win since 2002.
One year earlier in 2005, Princeton recaptured the Ivy League title and won nine games before falling in double overtime to Duke in the NCAA tournament. In 2003, her first season at Princeton and her first as a collegiate head coach, she led the Tigers to a 12-6 record, their 10th straight Ivy League championship and a fourth consecutive NCAA tournament berth. Only a heartbreaking last-second loss to Penn in the season finale in 2004 kept the Tigers from another Ivy title and NCAA berth in her second season at the helm.
Outside of Princeton, she was named the Head Coach of the United States Field Hockey Association's (USFHA) Under-19 National Team in July of 2011 and was a coach at the Junior National Team Camp in July of 2011, where the top 102 players in the country attended and the U17/U19 and U21 National Teams were selected. The U19 Team will train at the Olympic training center in January then tour Canada in April. Holmes-Winn served as an Assistant Coach with the U.S. National Team on its trip to Argentina in February 2010. Holmes-Winn was the USAFH Developmental Coach of the Year in 2003 thanks to her work as both the head coach of the U.S. National Under-16 team and as an assistant coach with the Under-21 national staff.
Homes-Winn earned her USAFH Level III accreditation, the highest level
awarded, in 2009. She also serves as the coach of the Elite Performance Training Center for the New Jersey/Pennsylvania region, headquartered in Princeton, and coached that team to the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 USFHA national championships.
Holmes-Winn's involvement in field hockey doesn't end there, however. In 2005, she returned to the U.S. national team as a player after a five-year hiatus and played in both the Rabobank Champions Challenge in Virginia Beach and in a test series of matches in New Zealand.
In 2000, she also founded "Champion's Edge," a company dedicated to improving the quality of instruction and opportunities for middle-school and high-school-age field hockey players.
Named Princeton's head coach in March 2003, Holmes-Winn had spent the previous four years running Champion's Edge. In addition to its emphasis on both instruction and teaching, the company holds camps and clinics throughout the United States.
From 1997 through 2000, Holmes-Winn was an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. The Hawkeyes reached the national semifinals in 1999 before falling to eventual national champion Maryland in double overtime. Holmes-Winn was an elite field hockey player and a three-time All-America selection as an undergraduate at Iowa, where she also was a two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year and a two-time Honda Broderick Award candidate. She was a member of three Big Ten field hockey championship teams and three NCAA final four teams at Iowa, and she also competed as a member of the 1997 Big Ten champion women's basketball team that made an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 that season. She graduated from Iowa in 1997 with a degree in political science and minors in both French and anthropology.
Before returning as a player to the national team program in the summer of 2005, where she was one of just five players born before 1979 on a team that included one high-school-age player, Holmes-Winn was a member of the national team from 1994-98 and again in 2000. A veteran of 47 international "caps" (game appearances), she has competed for the United States internationally many times, including at the 1998 World Cup event in the Netherlands and at the 2000 Olympic qualifier in Milton Keynes, England. She also was an alternate for the 1996 Olympic team that competed in Atlanta. In December of 2005 she competed on the U.S. Indoor National Team at the World Cup Qualifier in Canada.
Holmes-Winn, a native of Bridgewater, Mass., just south of Boston, is married to Matt Winn, a former baseball player at Iowa and current trader/financial advisor at Merrill Lynch. The couple has a son, Parker, and a daughter, Tenley.
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Individual Awards won by Holmes-Winn's Players
- Natalie Martirosian (2003), Katie Reinprecht (2009, 2010), Kathleen Sharkey (2009, 2010)
- Michelle Cesan (2010), Natalie Martirosian (2004), Claire Miller (2003), Julia Reinprecht (2009), Katie Reinprecht (2009), Paige Schmidt (2007), Kathleen Sharkey (2009), Amanda Bird (2011)
- Michelle Cesan (2009), Paige Schmidt (2005 and 2006), Kathleen Sharkey (2008)
Ivy League Players of the Year
- Claire Miller (2003), Paige Schmidt (2005, 2006, 2007), Katie Reinprecht (2008, 2009), Kathleen Sharkey (2010)
Ivy League Rookies of the Year
- Allison Nemeth (2003), Sarah Reinprecht (2005), Kaitlyn Perrelle (2006), Kathleen Sharkey (2008), Julia Reinprecht (2009), Allison Evans (2011)
All-Ivy League Selections
- 31 first-team All-Ivies, 18 second-team All-Ivies, 14 honorable mentions