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Former Elizabethtown College tennis, ...
Former Elizabethtown College tennis, basketball and field hockey coach Yvonne Kauffman is set to be inducted into the Lancaster County Tennis Hall of Fame.
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.
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
In 14 years as head tennis coach at Elizabethtown
teams had only one losing season.
1980-81 team was ranked fourth in the nation in Division III.
As a player, Kauffman
was ranked in Central Penn and Middle States.
played No. 1 singles at Bridgewater College
Kauffman also was a successful field hockey coach at Elizabethtown.
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
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.
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.
"I knew I wanted to be a physical education teacher from about sixth grade on," noted Kauffman
played all three sports she
would coach at Elizabethtown
under Laura Mapp at Bridgewater
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
"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.
was one of 13 individuals to receive a Centennial Award from Elizabethtown College
, cementing her
influential status on the institution.
also received the George W. Kirchner Memorial Award following the 1996-97 season.
was just the second woman to have the award, given annually by the Lancaster County Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association
, bestowed upon her
"I'm so grateful for all those people I've gotten to coach or teach," said Kauffman
Veteran head coach Yvonne ...
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 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
Athletics department celebrates Yvonne Kauffman's legacy in grand fashion.
Team photos, awards and other mementos decorate the walls of Yvonne Kauffman's
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.
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
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.
recalled with a grin, "They wanted me to play on the boy's baseball team, but my mom wouldn't let me."
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.
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
played field hockey, basketball and tennis.
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
trained hard and ended up starting by her
After graduation, Kauffman
landed a teaching job at Etown.
first year, she
only taught physical education classes.
continued teaching classes over the years, swimming and badminton being her
coaching career commenced in 1967 when she
was handed the field hockey team.
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
Apart from leading the basketball team to win the NCAA championship in 1982 and 1989, Kauffman
has had other great milestones.
attributes last Tuesday's home game against Lycoming College
as one of those times.
"That's the best Valentine's Day I've ever had," Kauffman
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
has also learned some important life lessons from her
years of coaching.
"You learn a lot about how to deal with individuals," she
"Each one gives you a bit of information you use later on, whether it's the psychological part of coaching or the skill part."
also laughed about some of the funnier times of coaching.
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.
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
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.
trips to multiple conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances were rewarding, Kauffman
is ready to hang up her
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
"I feel that I'm leaving the program on the upswing."
will be keeping herself busy.
Kauffman plans to stay involved with sports during her
will be helping run sports tournaments over school breaks for high school and college teams in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
also plans to do some of her