University of Delaware field hockey head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof announced the hiring of Lynn Farquhar as an assistant coach on May 23, 2013. Farquhar was promoted to associate head coach in February 2014.
Farquhar ("far-kwar") helped guide Delaware to one of the most remarkable seasons in program history during the 2013 slate. The Blue Hens posted a program-record 17 victories in addition to earning both the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships en route to the fifth NCAA Tournament berth in school history.
During her first season with the Blue Hens, Van de Kerkhof was named both the NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year and CAA Co-Coach of the Year, both accolades that Van de Kerkhof views as coaching staff awards and not just an individual award.
“I am honored and tremendously excited to continue in helping build upon Blue Hen pride,” commented Farquhar following her 2014 promotion to associate head coach. “The University of Delaware is a special place and Rolf’s influence has inspired great momentum. I am thankful for the opportunity and look forward to our continued growth within the classroom, in the community and on the turf. We’re on a great track to establishing a championship culture through individual development, commitment and a 360-degree style of leadership.”
Van de Kerkhof describes Farquhar as a passionate and energetic coach that makes everyone around her better.
“As a program and university, we are fortunate to have a quality person like Lynn be a Blue Hens coach, educator and ambassador,” remarked Van de Kerkhof. “Lynn has contributed to our team’s improved performance and higher expectations. Her people skills, coaching knowledge and desire to develop people have made a positive impact on and off the field.”
With nine seasons of coaching under her belt, Farquhar has helped her team to the conference tournament each year, five conference championships and six NCAA Tournament appearances. Her domestic and global recruiting involvement has proven successful through international travel and working with student-athletes from over nine countries.
Farquhar is no stranger to the CAA as she first joined Delaware from James Madison, where she served as the associate head coach and helped guide the Dukes to two CAA semifinals appearances in 2011 and 2012.
Prior to her time at JMU, Farquhar spent four seasons at Syracuse University as the associate head coach to former Blue Hen standout goalkeeper and UD Athletics Hall of Fame member Ange Bradley. During her tenure, the Orange was a perennial BIG EAST championship team, earned a trip to the NCAA Final Four and posted an overall record of 68-18, including a mark of 20-4 in BIG EAST action.
Farquhar has been involved with the field hockey development of all ages and emphasizes individual growth through the sport. She’s an avid member of the United States Field Hockey Association as a coach, selector and regional administrator. Farquhar has been involved with Futures Regions 4, 7 and 8 as well as serving as the head coach for the New York Futures Regional Level 1 from 2008-10 while overseeing site hiring and training sessions.
She helped coach and medal the Futures U19 2008 National Futures Championship squad as well as the 2008, 2009 and 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games teams. With continued involvement in the High Performance environment, Farquhar assisted with Junior PA High Performance 2010, the Futures Elite Championship 2011, Senior PA High Performance 2009 and the Senior Mid-Atlantic High Performance Teams in 2013 and 2014.
Farquhar has also served with the NFHCA through Regional All-American committees and coaching clinics.
During the summer of 2013, Farquhar was one of 80 female coaches across the nation to be chosen for the highly-selective and competitive NCAA Women Coaches Academy. A member of the Alliance of Women’s Coaches, she’s passionate about sharing the impact sport has on life skills and development, especially towards the young female population.
The Alexandria, Va. native is a 2005 graduate of former CAA member Old Dominion University, where she contributed to the Monarchs’ ninth national championship in 2000, with five consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament and four conference championships.
As a consistent National Academic Squad recipient, Farquhar graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and minors in sport management and graphic design. Following her senior season, she was recognized within the CAA, NFHCA South Region and named team MVP.
Farquhar is currently completing a Master of Arts degree in human services counseling with a business cognate from the University of Delaware.