Lynn Farquhar Promoted to Associate Head Coach for Blue Hens Field Hockey
NEWARK, Del. – University of Delaware field hockey head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof is pleased to announce the promotion of Lynn Farquhar to associate head coach for the Blue Hens.
Farquhar ("far-kwar"), who joined the Hens last May as an assistant coach, helped guide Delaware to one of the most remarkable seasons in program history this past fall. 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.
“I am honored and tremendously excited to continue in helping build upon Blue Hen Pride,” commented Farquhar. “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.”
Farquhar is no stranger to the CAA as she first joined Delaware from James Madison, where she served as the associate head coach.
“I’m very happy for Lynn," Van de Kerkhof stated. "This is a well-deserved and earned promotion within our coaching staff and athletics department. Upon her arrival, Lynn has done a beautiful job in sharing her passion, energy and expertise with everybody affiliated with our program. She has made all involved better and 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. As a program and university, we are fortunate to have a quality person like Lynn be a Blue Hen coach, educator and ambassador.”
Farquhar is a 2005 graduate of former CAA member Old Dominion University, where she led the Monarchs to the national championship in 2000 and five consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
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 throughout her four seasons.
“The promotion of Lynn to associate head coach also shows the commitment from our athletics department and Athletics Director Eric Ziady and their desire to further improve the experience of our Blue Hens field hockey student-athletes and continue the program’s journey in becoming an annual contender for conference championships and NCAA competition,” remarked Van de Kerkhof.
Farquhar has also been involved with the United Stated Field Hockey Association with coaching, selecting, and running the Regional North Futures site. In 2010, she was involved with the Junior Olympics and Junior PA High Performance Team. Farquhar helped coach the U19 Syracuse team to a bronze medal at the 2008 National Futures Championship and also served as the USFHA coach for the 2008 and 2009 AAU Junior Olympic Games held in Detroit, Mich.
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.