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Yvonne E. Kauffman

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Associate Director of Athletics a...

Email: k***@***.edu
Local Address: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, United States
Elizabethtown College

Employment History

  • Head Coach of the Women's Basketball Team
    Elizabethtown College
  • Eighth Women's Basketball Coach
    Elizabethtown College
  • Professor of Physical Education, Associate Director of Athletics, Head Coach, Women's Varsity Basketball
    The Etownian

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Bridgewater College Athletics Hall of Fame


  • Bachelor of Arts degree
    Bridgewater College
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Yvonne ..., 14 June 2014 [cached]
Yvonne Kauffman Elizabethtown College Athletics - Staff Directory
Yvonne Kauffman Director of Athletic Advancement
Elizabethtown College named Yvonne Kauffman as the school's eighth women's basketball coach at the start of the 1970-71 season, a decision that has produced one of the most successful head coaches in the history of Division III women's basketball.
During her tenure, Elizabethtown has registered a staggering 659 wins - over 70 percent of the program's victories. On December 8, 2004 she became the second coach in Division III history to amass 600 career wins. Entering the 2010-11 season, she is the second-winningest active coach in Division III.
Kauffman has coached every one of the school's 22 1,000-point scorers and seven All-Americans. She has posted 15 seasons of 20-plus victories. She has also taken the program to all 13 of its NCAA tournament appearances, both of its NCAA Division III national championships, and all eight of its conference championships.
The current head coach of the women's basketball team, Kauffman also serves as an Associate Director of Athletics and Professor of Physical Education at Elizabethtown. She was formerly a head coach of Elizabethtown's field hockey team from 1967 to 2000 and women's tennis squad from 1970 to 1983.
She has accumulated an astounding total of more than 1,000 coaching victories during her 40-year stay at Elizabethtown. A 1966 graduate of Bridgewater (Va.) College, she was inducted into that school's athletic Hall of Fame in September 1997.
Bridgewater College Athletics Hall ..., 3 July 2014 [cached]
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.
Elizabethtown College Faculty Directory, 16 Mar 2003 [cached]
Yvonne E. Kauffman, Professor of Physical EducationAssociate Director of AthleticsHead Coach, Women's Varsity Basketball
Elizabethtown College Athletics - Staff Directory, 14 June 2014 [cached]
Yvonne Kauffman Director of Athletic Advancement (717) 361-1138
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Bridgewater ..., 8 Dec 2011 [cached]
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.
"I knew I wanted to be a physical education teacher from about sixth grade on," noted Kauffman.
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.
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. 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.
"I'm so grateful for all those people I've gotten to coach or teach," said Kauffman.
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