IU field hockey coach Robertson will not return

The contract for Indiana field hockey coach Amy Robertson will not be renewed, the school announced Thursday.

Robertson compiled a 134-141 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances during her 15 seasons in Bloomington. The Hoosiers went 9-8 this season with a 1-7 mark in conference play. IU has won only five Big Ten games since the start of the 2010 season.

A search for Robertson’s successor is underway.

“After a careful and deliberate review of the program, I have concluded that it is time for new leadership for our field hockey team,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “We thank Amy Robertson for her tremendous dedication to Indiana University and for admirably presiding over the launch of our field hockey program 15 years ago. I have great personal respect for Amy who has been a positive influence in the lives of her student-athletes.”

Field hockey is not a sport offered by the Indiana High School Athletic Association and IU’s roster reflects that. Of the 21 players on this year’s team, only six have ties to the midwest. The sport is especially popular on the East Coast — Pennsylvania, in particular — and Indiana has six players from that state alone.

Robertson arrived in 2000 to lead a newly-restarted Indiana field hockey program. According to The Herald-Times salary database, Robertson’s salary was $77,116 in 2014.

Assistant coaches Phil Edwards and Kate Lipton will remain in their roles until a successor determines whether to retain them. Edwards will serve as interim coach, effective immediately, and associate athletic director Mattie White will lead the search committee.

One comment

  1. oh no!!! what are we going to do now? hope they hire a coach who brings back those cute little skirts they used to wear.

    jeez, you can make $77k coaching field hockey? is it too late for a career change? i could probably learn to coach the sport in one week.

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