NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Countdown - Tracey Fuchs

Author: Claire Deegan, Intern

Tracey Fuchs was the most sought after high school field hockey player in the early 80s. She graduated from Centereach High School of Section XI in 1984 and became the all-time leading scorer in New York State during her playing career there. Fuchs set a national record with the most goals scored in a season (82) and by her senior year, accumulated 171 career goals – most in New York State and just one short of the national record.

“It is a great honor to be inducted into the NYPHSAA Hall of Fame.  Field Hockey in high school shaped my life as a person and a competitor and I would not be where I am today without the amazing support of my high school coach, Nancy Cole, my family and all the boys in the neighborhood who competed with me every day.  I am very grateful to be among the best former NY State athletes and want to thank my teammates at Centereach for always having my back, on and off the field.”

Fuchs played her high school career under NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame coach Nancy Cole. The two led the 1983 Centereach team to its first NYSPHSAA State Championship in the first year NYSPHSAA had a field hockey state tournament.

Tracey was recruited by several major Division I schools and accepted a full scholarship to the University of Connecticut to continue her field hockey career. She immediately impacted the Huskies leading them to a National Championship her sophomore season. At UConn, she was a three-time All-American, won the Honda Broderick Award as the nation’s top field hockey player in 1987, and broke seven UConn scoring records.

After graduating, Fuchs earned a spot on the US Olympic team in Seoul, Korea in 1988, a spot on the Olympic team in Atlanta in 1996 and was a member of four World Cup teams. In 1990 and 1995, she was named Field Hockey Athlete of the Year and then was inducted into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame.

Tracey began coaching as an assistant at UConn in the early 1990s, and by 1996, she became the Associate Head Coach at the University of Michigan until 2008 where she was part of two championships. During her time at Michigan, Fuchs was also head coach of the U.S. Junior National team from 2005-2009. In January of 2009, Tracey became the head coach of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois instantly making the program a conference contender each year. Fuchs earned a Masters Degree from Northeastern University in Boston.

The 2018 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on Wednesday, July 25th at 6 pm at High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, NY. Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are on sale to the public and may be purchased by calling Sandy Schanck at the NYSPHSAA Office, 518-690-0771, or by emailing sschanck@nysphsaa.org. Deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, July 18th.