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Head Coach

Head Coach of Women's Basketball Team
Elizabethtown College

Eighth Women's Basketball Coach
Elizabethtown College

Head Tennis Coach
Elizabethtown College

Professor of Physical Education, Associate Director of Athletics, Head Coach, Women's Varsity Basketball
The Etownian

Affiliations

Member
Bridgewater College Athletics Hall of Fame

Education

Bachelor of Arts degree

Bridgewater College

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Former Elizabethtown College tennis, ...

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Former Elizabethtown College tennis, basketball and field hockey coach Yvonne Kauffman is set to be inducted into the Lancaster County Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Famed Elizabethtown College coach Yvonne Kauffman and former McCaskey and West Virginia University standout George Veronis will be inducted into the Lancaster County Tennis Hall of Fame at the Lancaster Tennis and Yacht Club on April 27.
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Kauffman is better known as the third-winningest women's basketball coach in Division III, having won 689 games and a national championship during a 42-year career at Elizabethtown College.
But that's not the only national champion she has coached.
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In 14 years as head tennis coach at Elizabethtown, Kauffman's teams had only one losing season. Her 1980-81 team was ranked fourth in the nation in Division III.
As a player, Kauffman was ranked in Central Penn and Middle States. She played No. 1 singles at Bridgewater College in Virginia.
Kauffman also was a successful field hockey coach at Elizabethtown. She was inducted into the Elizabethtown College Ira R. Herr Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.


Hall of Famer Yvonne Kauffman Announces Plans to Retire - Bridgewater College

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Bridgewater College Athletics Hall of Fame member Yvonne Kauffman has announced her plans to retire at the end of the season after 42 impressive years at the helm of the Elizabethtown Blue Jays women's basketball program.

Kauffman was inducted into Bridgewater's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
As an Eagle athlete, she helped the field hockey squad to a 24-9-6 overall record, the basketball team to a 45-8 overall record and the tennis team to 16 wins. "Yonnie" excelled in field hockey, where she participated on a Virginia Regional squad in 1962, and in national tournaments in Rochester, N.Y., in 1963, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1964, and in Northampton, Mass., in 1965. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bridgewater in 1966.
Coaches are continually building programs from obscurity to contender, but few get to stamp their mark on the rise of an athletic department. Forty-second-year women's basketball head coach, and associate director of athletics, Yvonne Kauffman is one of those few. Kauffman has served Elizabethtown College for over five decades, as coach, educator and administrator. Thursday morning she announced what many close to her have known, that she plans to retire following the 2011-12 academic year.
Those who have followed Elizabethtown Athletics can point to over 1,130 career wins divided amongst women's basketball, field hockey and women's tennis as a definer of Kauffman's career. Or they can single out NCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Championships in 1982 and 1989. All accomplishments hold their own special place, says Kauffman, but it's been about much more than that.
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"I knew I wanted to be a physical education teacher from about sixth grade on," noted Kauffman.
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Kauffman played all three sports she would coach at Elizabethtown under Laura Mapp at Bridgewater. She arrived back in Central Pennsylvania following her graduation in 1966 and immediately began teaching physical education classes at E-town that fall. A year later, Kauffman took the reins of the field hockey program. In 1970 she began coaching both the women's basketball and tennis teams.
Success quickly followed the standout athlete. Kauffman compiled 346 victories with the hockey team, including three Middle Atlantic Conference Championships (1975, 1978 and 1987), seven NCAA tournament appearances and trips to the AIAW Final Four (1980) and NCAA Division III Final Four (1981). She spent 33 seasons with the field hockey team before stepping aside following the 2000 season, in which she was also named Commonwealth Coach of the Year.
In her 14 years as the tennis coach the Blue Jays turned in four unbeaten seasons and were MAC Runners-Up in 1983. Beckie Donecker '82 won an NCAA Division III Singles National Championship under the tutelage of Kauffman during her senior year and teamed with Jen Haifley '81 to win an AIAW Doubles title in 1981.
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Entering the 2011-12 season, Kauffman was 27 wins shy of 700 all-time. That number has decreased to 23 following her team's 4-3 start. The longest tenured coach in E-town history, Kauffman ranks 18th amongst NCAA coaches in wins with 677, regardless of division, and 12th amongst active coaches. When it comes to her Division III colleagues, Kauffman is second amongst active coaches in wins and third all-time.
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"We wanted to win it all, nothing else," recalls Kauffman. Twenty-six wins later (26-1) the Blue Jays did just that, taking the 1982 NCAA Division III National Championship on their home court, 67-66, against UNC-Greensboro.
Kauffman led Elizabethtown to national runner-up finishes in 1983 and 1984, before her 1988-89 Blue Jays capped a decade of unparalleled success for the program with its second NCAA Division III Championship in 1989. From 1979-89, Elizabethtown recorded an astounding 237-39 record, which included nine seasons of 20 wins or more, two national titles, five MAC Championships and seven NCAA tournament appearances.
All 22 1,000-point scorers in E-town women's basketball history were coached by Kauffman, as were seven All-Americans. Coaching honors have poured in from organizations throughout the years, but Kauffman noted that a few stand out above the rest. She was one of 13 individuals to receive a Centennial Award from Elizabethtown College, cementing her influential status on the institution. Kauffman also received the George W. Kirchner Memorial Award following the 1996-97 season. Kauffman was just the second woman to have the award, given annually by the Lancaster County Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, bestowed upon her.
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"I'm so grateful for all those people I've gotten to coach or teach," said Kauffman.


Veteran head coach Yvonne ...

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Veteran head coach Yvonne Kauffman made a few changes during the intermission and so did her shooters.

Elizabethtown, which made just 25 percent of its shots in the first 20 minutes, scored 47 second-half points and shot 61 percent in a come-from-behind, 64-53, win over Lycoming Wednesday night in women's college basketball.
"We were getting in closer and getting better shots," said Kauffman, in her 40th year as Elizabethtown coach.


Bridgewater College

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Bridgewater College Athletics Hall of Fame member Yvonne Kauffman has announced her plans to retire at the end of the season after 42 impressive years at the helm of the Elizabethtown Blue Jays women's basketball program.


Jays wave goodbye to beloved coach - The Etownian

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Athletics department celebrates Yvonne Kauffman's legacy in grand fashion.

Team photos, awards and other mementos decorate the walls of Yvonne Kauffman's office. For over 40 years, this legendary coach has touched the lives of hundreds of students through both coaching and teaching. Kauffman, current head coach of Elizabethtown College's women's basketball team, announced back in November her plans to retire after the season. While she is looking forward to having the extra hours to work on her golf game and spend time at her beach house, Etown athletics will be missing one of its greatest and most successful coaches.
Growing up the youngest of five children, Kauffman spent most of her time outside on her family's farm, playing with her brothers. They spent afternoons playing games like cops and robbers and cowboys and Indians. It wasn't until Kauffman's family moved into town that she started playing basketball and baseball on the playground with the neighborhood boys. She recalled with a grin, "They wanted me to play on the boy's baseball team, but my mom wouldn't let me."
As Kauffman grew up, sports consumed her life, and she continued to wrestle with her neighbors and play baseball on the playground. In sixth grade, there was a girl in her town who was going off to college to be a physical education teacher. "She was my idol," Kauffman said, "and I decided in sixth grade that I wanted to be a physical education teacher."
To accomplish that dream, Kauffman headed off to Bridgewater College in Virginia. There she played field hockey, basketball and tennis. Her weakest sport was basketball because her high school did not have an official team. "My freshman year [my coach] kept 24 players, and I think I was player 24," Kauffman joked.
However, she trained hard and ended up starting by her sophomore year.
After graduation, Kauffman landed a teaching job at Etown. In her first year, she only taught physical education classes. She continued teaching classes over the years, swimming and badminton being her favorites. Her coaching career commenced in 1967 when she was handed the field hockey team. Kauffman took hold of the tennis team in the spring of 1970, and later that year, she was coaching the basketball team as well. For 12 years, Kauffman coached all three of these sports at once and amassed over 1,100 total wins for the three sports combined. Due to the increasing time spent on recruiting efforts in the offseason, Kauffman stopped coaching the tennis team in 1983 and the field hockey team in 2000.
Throughout the years, Kauffman has had some great moments in her coaching career. Apart from leading the basketball team to win the NCAA championship in 1982 and 1989, Kauffman has had other great milestones. She attributes last Tuesday's home game against Lycoming College as one of those times.
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"That's the best Valentine's Day I've ever had," Kauffman said.
Looking back on her decades of coaching, Kauffman has enjoyed her relationships with players, coaches and opponents the most. "That's what I'll miss the most - the interactions with players and coaches," she said.
Kauffman has also learned some important life lessons from her years of coaching. "You learn a lot about how to deal with individuals," she said. "Each one gives you a bit of information you use later on, whether it's the psychological part of coaching or the skill part."
Kauffman also laughed about some of the funnier times of coaching. She told stories about teams stuffing her purse with silverware when she went to the restroom at a restaurant and the time a player almost missed the bus coming back home.
However, Kauffman did mention her least favorite part of coaching. "I think the thing I hate the most is deciding who plays and who doesn't play and feeling really badly about the ones that you have to cut and the ones who don't get in to play but come to every practice," she said. Through the happy and sad moments, Kauffman has amassed much coaching advice to impart to her fellow coaches: know your athletes as individuals, be consistent with players and be as fair as you can.
Although her trips to multiple conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances were rewarding, Kauffman is ready to hang up her whistle. After one of her brothers passed away last March, she decided to take more time for herself. "Also, I just feel that it is time for a new coach to take over," Kauffman said. "I feel that I'm leaving the program on the upswing."
However, she will be keeping herself busy. Kauffman plans to stay involved with sports during her retirement. She will be helping run sports tournaments over school breaks for high school and college teams in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also plans to do some of her own traveling.

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