Three new coaches highlight the fall sports season for Trine. Nancy Plantz will lead the new field hockey program into its inaugural season. Van Brandt will take the reins of women′s golf, and Jamie Wozniak will coach volleyball.
Plantz joins the Thunder as the first coach in the history of the field hockey program. She comes to Trine with a wealth of experience as an athlete, a coach and an administrator at the international, NCAA Division I and Division III and junior college levels. She played for the U.S. field hockey team for five years, with the 1971 World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, as a highlight. She has also been a professional softball player with the San Jose Sunbirds of the Women′s Professional Softball Association. As a softball coach, her 1982 Nebraska team won the Big Eight championship and finished fifth overall at the College World Series.
Brandt is entering his first season as head women′s coach and his fourth season with Trine. He was previously an assistant coach for the men′s program. Van played collegiate golf at the University of Toledo. His senior year, he served as captain of the golf team and achieved Academic All Mid–American Conference honors. After college, he participated in the PGA Winter Tour and qualified for the National PGA Club Professional Championship and the Nike Cleveland Open. He continues to play in Northern Ohio PGA events. Van is a Class A member of the PGA. He has been instructing golf since 1989, providing students of all ages and skill levels with a quality learning experience to assist them in having more fun playing golf.
Wozniak comes to Trine after leading the Victors Volleyball club program, with successful experience as the head coach of elite and national teams and as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan–Dearborn. In February she was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as one of the 2010 Thirty Under 30 Award recipients. The award honors up–and–coming volleyball coaches younger than 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game. During her tenure as a player at Michigan–Dearborn, she played outside hitter and was a solo captain for two of the most successful seasons in the history of the program.
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For the first time in school history, Trine University will host an NCAA national championship event. The NCAA announced that Trine will host the 2012 Women′s Golf National Championship. The tournament is slated for May 8–11 or May 9–12.
This will mark the sixth time overall that Thunder teams have hosted a national championship. As an NAIA program, the Thunder hosted the 1987, 1990 and 1992 Men′s Golf National Championship. Hershey Hall was the venue for the 1996 and 1997 Women′s Basketball Division II National Championship. Trine also hosted the Division III Midwest Wrestling Regional in 2009.
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