VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Ursinus College Director of Athletics Laura Moliken has been selected as one of three inductees to the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
The class will be inducted during the annual NFHCA Annual Convention November 20-22 in Virginia Beach, Va.
Moliken started at Ursinus in 1999 as the head field hockey coach. She coached the national powerhouse field hockey team for 12 years and shepherded the team as it transitioned to Division III and into the Centennial Conference in 2003. During that time, the Bears won seven consecutive Centennial Conference Championships, made five trips to the NCAA Final Four and won the 2006 National Championship and the 2003 ECAC Mid-Atlantic Region Championship. She has a career record of 182-69 including a record of 168-29 in Division III and 93-2 record in CC play. Moliken is a three-time South Region coach of the year, three-time Centennial Conference coach of the year and was the 2006 National Coach of the Year.
She enters her 5th year at the helm of the Ursinus College Athletic Department. Following a year as Interim Director of Athletics, Moliken made the title permanent in 2010. In her short time, Moliken has already left her mark. She helped oversee the renovation of Patterson Field, a $2.2M project that included installation of a synthetic turf field (installed by DeLuxe Athletics), along with the addition of a new press box, as well as resurfacing the outdoor track and creation of a new venue for jumping and field events. Moliken has also been instrumental in adding new hires to the staff and implementing new policies for all facets of the Athletic Department. Prior to assuming her current position, Moliken served as the Senior Women's Administrator, taught in the ESS Department as a Visiting Instructor and held the endowed position as the Eleanor Frost Snell Chair of Health and Physical Education – a title she still has.
A 1993 graduate of Old Dominion University, Moliken played for legendary coach Beth Anders '73. Moliken's Old Dominion teams compiled a 98-4-1 record from 1989 to 92 and won three consecutive NCAA Championships. A team captain, she was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team in 1990 and 1992, and was twice named a Second Team All-American. She also played on the U.S. National Team in 1991-92.
Prior to her time at Ursinus, Moliken served as head coach for field hockey and softball while assisting with the sport of basketball at her high school alma mater, William Penn High School in Delaware. In 2009, she was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.