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LancasterOnline.com

150 North Queen Street 1St Floor Suite 120

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603

United States

Company Description

LancasterOnline provides TalkBack as a forum where residents of this community and others can engage in robust, informative discussion of issues and events. We welcome information, observations and opinions presented from all points of view. We welcome vi ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Head Coach

Elizabethtown College

Field Hockey and Tennis Coach

E-Town

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

The Etownian

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Bridgewater College

Education

Manheim Central High School

Bachelor of Arts degree

Bridgewater College

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Kauffman tabbed Coach of the ...

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Kauffman tabbed Coach of the Year

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Elizabethtown College women's coach Yvonne Kauffman finished her 42nd and final season by being named the Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year.
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Kauffman, in her final year as the head coach at Elizabethtown after 42 seasons, was honored as Coach of the Year by her conference peers. The Blue Jays finished with a 16-9 record this season, the program's most successful run in over 11 years. E-town returned to the Commonwealth Conference Championships after an 11-year drought.
Kauffman finished her career with 689 career victories, third best all-time in Division III women's basketball history. She is the longest tenured coach at one school in any NCAA women's basketball program regardless of division. The Coach of the Year honor caps off her career that includes 13 trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Two of those trips ended with E-town winning national championships (1982 and 1989). Kauffman led E-town to six Middle Atlantic Conference titles (1976, '81, '88, '89 and '95) and a Commonwealth Conference Championship in 2001.


Elizabethtown College Faculty Directory

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Yvonne E. Kauffman, Professor of Physical EducationAssociate Director of AthleticsHead Coach, Women's Varsity Basketball


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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 fall in Commonwealth semifinal match - The Etownian

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It was Head Coach Yvonne Kauffman's last home game, nearing the end of her career of 42 years. The second game was played against Etown's rivals, the Messiah Falcons, on Feb. 18.

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Not only did Kauffman receive a win in her final home game, but the court was named in her honor.


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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