Field Hockey

Debbie Lavigne
Debbie Lavigne
Title: Head Field Hockey Coach
Phone: (860) 439-2876

Debbie Lavigne enters her 13th season as Connecticut College's head field hockey coach in 2010.

Comepting in the toughest field hockey conference in all of Division III, Lavigne has directed the Camels to post-season appearances in the NESCAC Championship Tournament in three out of the past four years. 

In 2010, the Camels posted a perfect 5-0 mark against non-conference opposition. An improved Connecticut College defense trimmed close to a half a goal off of its goals against average from the 2009 season.

In 2005, Lavigne directed the program to its most successful season in recent history. The Camels finished the season with eight wins over the last 12 games of the year, qualifying for the NESCAC Championship Tournament. Connecticut College placed three Camels on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region Team.

In the spring of 2006, Lavigne coordinated an educational/athletic tour of Australia for the team. It was the second successful international trip for Lavigne, who has also traveled to Holland with the program.

Lavigne enjoyed an outstanding field hockey playing career for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1991-1994 and was part of four NCAA Tournament teams. During her career, Iowa reached the Final Four three consecutive years (1992-94) and in '92 the Hawkeyes went 20-1, with their lone setback occurring against Old Dominion in the national championship game.

As a junior in 1993, Lavigne was tabbed as a second team All-Region selection. The following year, Lavigne went on to become a second team All-American and a first team All-Big 10 selection after leading the Hawkeyes in scoring. That same year she also served as a team captain and was the Hawkeyes Co-MVP.

Since 1996, Lavigne has been involved with the USFHA's organization that develops and trains potential national and Olympic team members. In 1999 she became the head coach of Site A. During the pre-season of 2003, Lavigne led her team on an international tour to Holland, Germany and Belgium.

Lavigne earned a degree in Leisure Studies and Therapeutic Recreation from Iowa in 1995. In the summer of 2006, Lavigne received her Master's Degree in exercise science at Southern Connecticut State University.