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2009-12-23 / Sports

Lapaglia named regional coach of the year

For the second straight year, Kris Lapaglia has earned a high coaching honor.

Lapaglia, Williamsville North’s field hockey coach, was named 2009 Dita/National Field Hockey Coaches Association North Region Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. She was one of five field hockey coaches from across the country to receive the honor and is the only Section VI coach to win the award twice.

Sweet Home coach Dawn Kauderer-Kromer was nominated in 2000 but not selected.

Lapaglia will be honored at an awards ceremony as part of the National Coaches Association Field Hockey Convention Jan. 8 in Richmond, Va.

Lapaglia does not know who nominated her.

The criteria to be nominated were season record, including goals for and against, and longevity of success in the program.

Her North field hockey teams have won Section VI Class A titles in 1998, 2003 to 2005, and 2007 to 2009 and advanced to the Class A state championships in five out of the past seven years. Lapaglia’s record since taking over the team in 1997 is 186-48-13, but since 2003, she’s 129-11-5.

Lapaglia was also asked by the nomination committee what was a possible turning point that may have led the team to such a successful season.

“It was after losing the state final last year against Ward Melville,” said Lapaglia. “The kids got on the bus right after the game, and heard a few of them yelling out that the new season started right now. In other words, ‘what were they going to do this offseason to improve and get back to the state tournament again?’. They take defeat to heart and treat it like a learning experience. For them, it is a tough feeling to go through so they try to minimize the chances of it happening and continue to work hard outside of the season.”

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