In terms of field hockey, Tracey Fuchs really is the G.O.A.T.
The Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame inductee will be inducted to yet another hall of fame when she is honored by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association on July 25 in Lake Placid.
Fuchs is the all-time high school field hockey scoring leader in New York State. A graduate of Centereach High School in 1984, she was the most sought after high school field hockey player in the early 80s.
Fuchs set a national record with most goals in a season (82) her senior year and tallied 171 career goals—most in NYS and just one goal short of the national record. Fuchs played her four-year high school career under current NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame coach Nancy Cole and the two led the 1983 Centereach team to its first NYSPHSAA State Championship in the inaugural year NYSPHSAA had a field hockey state tournament.
Recruited by major Division I schools, Fuchs accepted a full scholarship to the University of Connecticut to continue her playing career where she made an immediate impact leading the Huskies 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. Following graduation in 1988, Tracey earned a spot on the US Olympic team in Seoul Korea that year, a spot on the Olympic team in Atlanta in 1996, and was also a member of four World Cup teams.
In 1990 and 1995, she was named Field Hockey Athlete of the Year and subsequently was inducted into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame.
She 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. While coaching at Michigan, Fuchs was also the head coach of the U.S. Junior National team from 2005-2009.
In January of 2009, Tracey became the head coach at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) immediately making the program a perennial conference contender each year. Fuchs holds a master’s degree from Northeastern University (Boston).
She was inducted to the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, our inaugural class.