Maryland field hockey coach Missy Meharg added another major decoration to her storied career Sunday, picking up her 500th win after the Terrapins defeated Miami (Ohio) 6-2.
Meharg is just the fourth Division I coach to reach the milestone, which came as eighth-ranked Maryland (10-3, 4-0 Big Ten) won its eighth straight game. In 28 seasons at Maryland, Meharg has built the program into a perennial power and established herself as one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history.
She now has a career record of 500-122-9 (.800) and has led Maryland to seven NCAA titles, 16 Final Fours and 20 conference championships. Meharg has also been named National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Coach of the Year nine times and has won conference coach of the year honors eight times.
“It’s just really special to reach 500 wins here with [former Terp] Keli Smith Puzo here on the sidelines with Miami and Dina Rizzo as well,” Meharg said in a statement released by the school. “The hype that comes with the opportunity of reaching 500 wins made me reflect after the game. We played so smart and that’s Maryland hockey. The tactics were very well followed by this team. I couldn’t be more privileged to have 500 wins with a team that responds so well to coaching.”
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