Field Hockey

Former Minutewomen Prominent In U.S. Field Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductees

Pam Hixon throwing out the first pitch at a recent UMass softball doubleheader against Yale.

Pam Hixon throwing out the first pitch at a recent UMass softball doubleheader against Yale.

April 10, 2014

U.S. Field Hockey Official Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Field Hockey program announced its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, including a pair of selections with ties to the University of Massachusetts field hockey team in Pam Bustin (student-athlete; 1985-88) and Pam Hixon (coach; 1978-93, 1996). Bustin is a part of the 2014 Hall of Fame induction class while Hixon is being lauded as an honorary member. Judy Strong was a member of the Olympic bronze medal-winning 1984 U.S. National Team, which is being inducted as a squad. The U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on June 28 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa.

Bustin was an NFHCA All-America selection and Honda Broderick Award nominee during a four-year career with the Minutewomen from 1985-88 when she helped the squad to four NCAA Tournament appearances and 60 victories. She was a member of the U.S. Junior and Senior National Teams from 1989-96 and appeared on the squad that competed at the 1996 Olympics. She joined the collegiate coaching ranks in 1997 and currently leads the Duke Blue Devils while also assisting the U.S. National U-19 and U-21 programs.

Hixon led the Minutewomen for 16 seasons from 1978-93 and returned to coach the program in 1996. She finished her tenure as the winningest coach in UMass field hockey history with a 272-76-18 overall record (.768 win percentage), which included a 27-2 mark (.931) in Atlantic 10 games after the squad joined the league in 1988. Hixon also led the U.S. Olympic Team in 1996 and was a six-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (1988-93, 1996).

Strong is the all-time leading scorer among Minutewomen with 202 points on 88 goals and 26 assists. She was the National Player of the Year in 1981 and won three NFHCA All-America honors during her collegiate career. Strong competed for the U.S. National Program from 1978-84 and was a member of two U.S. Olympic teams (1980 & 1984).

Qualifications to be eligible for the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame are available through the Team USA website while requirements for honorary membership are listed here.



U.S. Field Hockey Hall Of Fame Class Of 2014 Inductees
1984 U.S. Women's Olympic Bronze Medal Team
Pam Bustin
Tracey Fuchs
Jill Reeve
Katie Kauffman Beach
Kate "Tiki" Kinnear
Nigel Traverso

U.S. Field Hockey Hall Of Fame Honorary Members
Sharon Taylor
Linda Kreiser
Pam Hixon
Steve Jennings
Tom Harris

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