Kristen Holmes-Winn enters her 12th season as the head coach of the Princeton field hockey team in 2014. The veteran coach guided the Tigers to the program's and Ivy League's first-ever national Championship in 2012. Over her tenure, Holmes-Winn has led Princeton to 10 Ivy League titles, nine NCAA tournaments and a 145-62 overall (.700) and 73-4 Ivy (.948) record.
Last season, Holmes-Winn helped lead the Orange & Black to a 14-5 (7-0 Ivy) mark. Winning at least a share of the conference championship for the ninth consecutive season, Princeton ousted then-No. 9 Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Championship before falling to then-No. 1 Maryland in the national quarterfinals.
2012 was a historic year for Princeton field hockey, as the squad defeated No. 1 North Carolina 3-2 in a come-from-behind effort to capture the program's first national title. Posting a school record 21-1 (7-0 Ivy) ledger, the Tigers captured their 21st Ivy title while outscoring league opponents 45-1. The year included numerous honors, with Holmes-Winn garnering praise as the NFHCA and Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.
Despite missing four veteran starters due to U.S. National Team duties (including a pair who went on to compete in the 2012 London Summer Olympics with another also serving as an alternate), Princeton won its 20th Ivy League title in 2011 with a 10-8 (6-1 Ivy) mark. Under Holmes-Winn’s tutelage the Tigers won their NCAA play-in game against Rider (1-0, 2OT) to advance to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
During the course of her tenure, Holmes-Winn has guided many players to significant individual honors. She has coached seven first-team All-America selections, seven second-team All-America picks and seven third-team All-America honorees.
Having coached 11 Ivy League Player of the Year performers and eight Ivy League Rookie of the Year selections, she has helped develop 80 All-Ivy honorees. Holmes-Winn’s teams have also garnered academic praise with 41 players receiving NFHCA All-Academic Squad honors.
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 2014 and 2011. Serving 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.
Holmes-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, leading the team to five USFHA national championships (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011). 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.
Prior to her return, 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 at the 1998 World Cup event in the Netherlands and at the 2000 Olympic qualifier in Milton Keynes, England. She was also 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.
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, while also earning recognition as a two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Honda Broderick Award candidate. A member of three Big Ten field hockey championship teams and three NCAA final four teams, 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. She graduated from Iowa in1997 with a degree in political science and minors in both French and anthropology.
Holmes-Winn, a native of Bridgewater, Mass., 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.
Individual Awards won by Holmes-Winn's Players
Honda Award Winner
NFHCA Player of the Year
NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year
Ivy League Players of the Year
Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year
Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year
Ivy League Rookies of the Year
All-Ivy League Selections
Holmes-Winn's Coaching Honors
NFHCA Coach of the Year - 2012