Circle to Circle Field Hockey Camps
Diane Madl became the program's sixth head coach all-time on February 4, 2002 and will embark on her 11th season with the Friars in 2012. Madl and her staff have helped to rebuild the Friar field hockey program, enjoying some of the most successful seasons in program history.
Providence has qualified for the four-team BIG EAST Championship in four of the last six seasons under Madl's guidance. The Friars also captured the BIG EAST Conference regular-season title in 2006 and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament twice (2006, 2007).
During Madl's first three seasons on the sidelines, the team still played on a grass surface. During that initial stretch, the team posted a 26-33 record, while attempting to change the culture of the program under its new leadership. In 2005, Providence field hockey started a new era with the opening of the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, which has recently been renamed Lennon Family Field. The complex is a state-of-the-art Astroturf facility that has helped to springboard the program back on to the national scene.
The Friars' run of success began in 2006 in what is described as one of the most celebrated seasons in program history. The Friars posted an 18-4 overall record and captured the BIG EAST Conference Regular-Season title. Providence's 18 victories in 2006 are tied for second most all-time in program history, while the Friars' five league victories mark a program best. The program quickly found itself among the nation's best and was ranked in the NFHCA Division I National Coaches' Poll for nine-consecutive weeks, including seven-straight weeks in the top-15. At season's end, the Friars earned a final ranking of 11th. Madl was honored as the BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year, Dita/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year and Words Unlimited Coach of the Year.
That same year, Lauren Sickel and Rachel Chamberlain became the first Friars since 1997 to claim All-America honors, as both players were named to the third team. Chamberlain was tabbed BIG EAST Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and was one of five players to earn All-BIG EAST honors and NFHCA All-Region honors. The ride continued in 2007, as PC posted a 14-8 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in the BIG EAST. The Friars advanced to the BIG EAST Championship game for the second-straight year, after defeating No. 11 Louisville, 2-0, in the semifinals. The Friars dropped a, 1-0, decision to No. 4 Connecticut in the championship game the next day.
In 2008, the Friars advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament for the third-straight season after posting a 12-9 overall record (3-3 BIG EAST). Four Friars earned All-BIG EAST and/or NFHCA All-Northeast Region accolades at season's end. Nellie Poulin became the ninth Friar in program history, and third player under the direction of Madl, to earn All-America honors as a member of the Third Team. Poulin went on to represent New England for the second-straight season at the U.S. Field Hockey High Performance Women's National Championship (2009), and finished as the tournament's top scorer with five goals in six games. Jaime Lipski joined Poulin on the New England team in 2009 and earned herself an invitation to U.S. Junior National Camp. Lipski is the first player to earn a Junior National Camp invitation under Madl's tutelage.
The 2009 season featured one of the most challenging schedules in the nation and the team finished the year with a 10-10 overall record (3-3 BIG EAST). Of the Friars 10 losses, eight were decided by one goal, including five, one-goal losses to opponents ranked in the top-10 of the national poll. Providence made its fourth-straight appearance at the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship, but fell to then-No. 5 Syracuse, 2-1, in the semifinals. The Friars concluded the season ranked 23rd in the NCAA RPI and were ranked as high as No. 19 in the NFHCA National Coaches' Poll. Poulin earned All-America honors for the second-straight season as a member of the NFHCA Second-Team, and became one of just four players in program history to earn All-America honors multiple times.
The Friars are coming off of two uncharacteristic seasons in 2010 and 2011, during which the team posted a 5-13 mark in 2010 and a 4-14 record in 2011. Three Friars earned All-BIG EAST honors during the two-year stretch, including current Friar sophomore Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany), who was honored on the Second Team in 2011.
In 2012, Madl and her staff are excited about the team's potential and have their sights set on a return trip to the postseason. The Friars return 14 letter winners, including eight starters from 2011. Providence also welcomes seven talented newcomers to the team, including six freshmen and one graduate student.
During Madl's 10 seasons on the sidelines, she has helped to mentor three players, who earned All-America honors a total of four times. She also has helped to develop a total of 29 All-BIG EAST selections and 27 All-Northeast Region honorees. More importantly, her teams have competed just as fiercely in the classroom. Madl has had the privilege of coaching 24 student-athletes who have earned NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad honors a total of 53 times, and 50 players who have been named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team a total of 117 times.
Madl, a native of Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, was a three-sport stand-out in field hockey, basketball and softball at Crestwood High School. Upon completion of her high school career, she went on to play field hockey at the University of Connecticut from 1985-88. While at UConn, she helped the Huskies capture the NCAA Division I National Championship in 1985. She was a two-time All-America selection as a junior and senior (1987, 1988) and earned the prestigious Honda Broderick Award upon the completion ofher career, as the top collegiate field hockey player in the nation. Madl also earned Academic All-America honors and graduated magna cum laude, with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1989.
Madl went on to play for the U.S. National Team and competed in a multitude of events for Team USA, including the World University Games (1989), World Cup (1990), Inter-Continental Cup (1989 and 1995) and the Champions Trophy (1995). She reached the pinnacle of her playing career in 1996 as a member of the U.S. National Team that competed in the Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Madl still finds time to give back to U.S. Field Hockey. She remains active with Futures, having coached the U-19 team in the USA/Canadian Challenge Cup (2005) and assisted the U-16 team that participated in the U.S. Olympic Development Select/Futures Elite International Easter Tournament in the Netherlands (2007). Madl also has served as an assistant coach for USA Field Hockey High Performance Women's National Championship New England Team (2006-2008), and assisted the team at the New England Training Center in 2009 prior to the Women's National Championship. In 2010 and 2011, Madl continued her involvement with HPTC as an assistant at the training center for Boston's Senior Team, under the new format for the Women's National Championship. She returned to the sidelines as an assistant for New England at the Women's National Championship in 2012.
Madl earned her U.S. Field Hockey Level III Coaching Accreditation in 2009, which is the highest coaching accreditation in the U.S. system. With the accreditation, Madl is eligible to work with the U.S. National Team programs.
Madl's coaching career began at the University of Maine as an assistant in 1993. She remained with the Black Bear program for nine seasons until departing for Providence College.
In addition to her success at Providence College and her activity within the circles of U.S. Field Hockey, Madl served as the camp director for Providence College Field Hockey Day Camps in 2003 and 2004. Since then, she has taken ownership of Circle to Circle Field Hockey Camps, LLC., which came to fruition in 2005. During the summer of 2006, Madl added a Team Camp to her Circle to Circle summer circuit and has flourished, becoming one of the top camp organizations in the Northeast.
Madl was inducted into the Luzerne County (Pa.) Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, and was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Hall of Fame on May 18, 2008. She is the daughter of Ruth Ann and David Madl.
Lisa Wasser was named assistant field hockey coach at Providence on March 16, 2011. Wasser's embarks on her second season with the Friars in 2012.
Wasser comes to Providence after two seasons as an assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio). While at Miami, she served as the recruiting coordinator and assisted with the day-to-day operations of the field hockey program, including game preparation, scouting, practice planning, individual instruction, video analysis and team and individual scheduling. She also managed all facets of team travel for the program.
She helped guide the Red Hawks to two-consecutive MAC Championship games (2009, 2010) and the program's first-ever MAC Regular-Season Title in 2010. Wasser was instrumental in the recruitment of the Red Hawk's rookie class during the team's successful 2010 campaign, of which five were members of the starting line-up and were important contributors.
In addition to her experience at Miami, Wasser also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at NCAA Division III Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. While there, she helped lead the Colonels to a school-record 18 wins and a No. 20 national ranking during the 2008 campaign.
Wasser also spent four years coaching with the International Field Hockey Club of Kentucky and two years coaching the Valley Styx Club. She spent six years working with the USA Field Hockey Futures Program, and in 2009 gained experience as a clinician at the National Coaches' Convention, where she presented as part of a defensive drill panel.
During the summer of 2012, Wasser served as a selector for the National Futures Championship for the U-16 division. She also earned her U.S. Field Hockey Level II Certification.
Wasser was a four-year stand-out at the University of Louisville from 2003-2006. Wasser is no stranger to the BIG EAST Conference, as the Cardinals became members of the league in 2005. She was a three-year team captain during the 2004, 2005 and 2006 campaigns, during which time she also earned All-BIG EAST Second-Team honors twice (2005-06). As a senior, Wasser was named to the NFHCA Division I All-West Region First Team, putting her on the ballot for All-America honors. She was a Second-Team All-West Region selection in 2005 and earned Louisville's Female Anthem Leadership Award. During her first two seasons on the Louisville roster, the Cardinals were members of the Mid-American Conference. During that time, Wasser was named All-MAC First Team (2004) and earned a spot on the MAC All-Tournament Team (2004). Wasser was named the Cardinals' team MVP in 2004 and 2006 and played in the 2006 NFHCA Senior All-Star Game. In addition to her success on the playing field, Wasser excelled in the classroom. She was a four-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree and two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
A native of Dallas, Pennsylvania, she attended Lake-Lehman High School. While at Lake-Lehman, Wasser played field hockey for Jean Lipski, who also coached former Friars Jaime Lipski `11 and Joscelyn Mahon `11. Wasser earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and special education from Louisville in 2007, and completed her master's degree in instructional technology from Wilkes in 2009.
Deb Hagie joins the staff for her seventh season as an assistant coach at Providence. In addition to her role working with the Friar goalkeepers, she also is heavily involved in the Friars' team-building and team-dynamic development. Hagie began working with the team during Providence's spring, non-traditional season in 2005.
Hagie, a Providence College graduate, was a stand-out goalkeeper for the Friars from 1989 to 1992. During her four-year career, she was a two-time All-Region selection in 1990 and 1991. She also was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the conclusion of the 1991 BIG EAST Conference Championship. That season, the Friars captured the BIG EAST title with a, 1-0, overtime victory against Connecticut. Hagie was credited with the shutout in goal, and remains the only Friar in program history to have earned Most Outstanding Performer honors at the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship.
Hagie served as the head field hockey coach at South Kingstown High School (R.I.), where she led her squad to its first State Championship in 27 years.
She also has served as an assistant coach at Yale, Rhode Island and Connecticut.