Kristen Holmes-Winn enters her 11th season as the head coach of the Princeton field hockey team in 2013. The veteran coach guided the Tigers to the program's and Ivy League's first-ever national Championship in 2012. Over her tenure at the helm of the field hockey program, Holmes-Winn has led the Tigers to nine Ivy League titles, eight NCAA tournaments and a 131-57 overall (.670) and 66-4 Ivy (.943) record.
2012 was a historic year for Princeton field hockey, as the program defeated No. 1 North Carolina 3-2 in a come-from-behind effort to capture the program's first national title in its third appearance in the championship game overall. The Tigers went 21-1, 7-0 Ivy to win the program's 21st Ivy title while outscoring Ivy opponents 45-1. The 21-win season ranks as the most wins and the lone loss ranks second in fewest losses in team history.
The year included numerous honors, with Katie Reinprecht earning NFHCA and Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year honors. Holmes-Winn took home NFHCA and Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year, as well.
In 2011, 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, including a pair who went on to compete in the 2012 London Summer Olympics and one serve as an alternate. 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, Julia Reinprech (2012, Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey in 2009, 2010 and 2012), seven second-team All-America selections and six third-team All-Americas. Since 2010, Princeton has had a nominee for the top award in collegiate field hockey, the Honda Award. Katie Reinprecht was 2012 winner, a program first, and a 2010 finalist and Kathleen Sharkey was one in 2010.
She has coached nine Ivy League Players of the Year and seven Ivy League Rookie of the Years, while seeing a total of 73 All-Ivy honorees in her tenure at Princeton. Holmes-Winn’s team have also acheieved academically at Princeton with 35 players receiving NFHCA All-Academic Squad honors and as a program Princeton was recognized six 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 in1997 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 Olym- pic 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 advi- sor 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), Julia Reinprecht (2012), Katie Reinprecht (2009, 2010, 2012), Kathleen Sharkey (2009, 2010, 2012)
- Michelle Cesan (2010, 2012), Natalie Martirosian (2004), Claire Miller (2003), Julia Reinprecht (2009), Katie Reinprecht (2009), Paige Schmidt (2007), Kathleen Sharkey (2009), Amanda Bird (2011)
- Michelle Cesan (2009), Christina Maida (2012), Paige Schmidt (2005 and 2006), Kathleen Sharkey (2008)
Honda Award Winner
- Katie Reinprecht (2012)
NFHCA Player of the Year
- Katie Reinprecht (2012)
NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year
-Katie Reinprecht (2012)
Ivy League Players of the Year
- Claire Miller (2003), Paige Schmidt (2005, 2006, 2007), Katie Reinprecht (2008, 2009), Kathleen Sharkey (2010)
Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year
- Kathleen Sharkey (2012)
Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year
- Katie Reinprecht (2012)
Ivy League Rookies of the Year
- Allison Nemeth (2003), Sarah Reinprecht (2005), Kaitlyn Perrelle (2006), Kathleen Sharkey (2008), Julia Reinprecht (2009), Allison Evans (2011), Teresa Benvenuti (2012)
All-Ivy League Selections
- 36 first-team All-Ivies, 20 second-team All-Ivies, 17 honorable mentions
Holmes-Winn's Coaching Honors
NFHCA Coach of the Year - 2012
NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year - 2012