PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers has named Elizabeth Tchou (pronounced chew) as head coach of the Scarlet Knight field hockey program, Rutgers Director of Athletics Robert E. Mulcahy, III announced.
“We are thrilled that Coach Tchou has joined the Rutgers family,” said Mulcahy. “Her coaching background is extensive and her skill as both a player and coach at the national-team level are well-documented. We are very excited about what Liz will bring to the Rutgers program.”
Tchou joins the Scarlet Knights after serving as the head coach at Duke University since 1996. While with the Blue Devils, Tchou was named the 1996 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and led the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances. She also coached 22 Academic All-Americans during her seven years. In 2002, Tchou led the Blue Devils to a 14-9 overall record, a final ranking of 10th in the STX/NFHCA National Coaches Poll and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to her head coaching position with the Blue Devils, Tchou served as an assistant coach with Duke (1994-95), the University of North Carolina (1991, 1993), the University of Virginia (1992) and Temple University (1989-90).
As a member of the USA Field Hockey coaching staff, Tchou served as the head coach of the 1999 and 2000 USA Under-16 National Team, also serving as the head selector for the under-16 age group for the Junior Olympics in those years. She was the head coach at the A-Camp National Field Hockey Trials from 1997-2001, during which time she worked with then-USA National Team head coach Tracey Belbin. She spent 12 years as an Olympic Development Coach, including work with the USA under-21, under-18 and under-16 squads and Elite High School (Futures) athletes.
Tchou’s playing experience is as extensive as her coaching experience. A four-year letterwinner in field hockey at the University of Iowa (1984-1987), she was the first woman at Iowa to have her jersey retired (# 3). She helped the Hawkeyes to three NCAA Tournament Final Fours and the 1986 national championship. In 1987, she earned a place on the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Tchou was a first-team all-conference selection all four of her years and was selected to the Big Ten All-Academic Team in 1986. As a senior in 1987, Tchou was named an All-American after earning a place on the all-region team in 1985, 1986 and 1987.
Tchou spent 10 years playing international hockey with the USA National Team. She was a part of the U.S. Olympic team in 1996, helping the team finish fifth at the Atlanta Games, and played for the World Cup team that won the bronze medal in 1994. After playing for the Champions Trophy in Berlin, Germany, in 1997, Tchou retired from playing to begin her coaching career.
Originally from Medford Lakes, NJ, Tchou graduated from Shawnee High School
in 1984 before going on to the University of Iowa, where she received her B.A.
in communication studies in 1988.