William Smith College Head Coach Sally Scatton was voted the Dita/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) North Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year by her peers. In her 24th season, she led the Herons to a 16-5 record and their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007.
Scatton, who has never had a losing season with the Herons, guided her team to a five-game improvement in the win column over 2010. She and her assistants were voted the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year, marking the eighth time Scatton has won the award. She’s been named the NFHCA Regional Coach of the Year five times and earned the NFHCA National Coach of the Year honors following each of William Smith’s three national championship seasons.
The 2011 Herons began the season with a six-game winning streak earning a spot in the NFHCA top 20. William Smith climbed as high as No. 13 in the nation, marking its highest ranking since reaching No. 13 on Sept. 30, 2008. The Herons went 5-1 in Liberty League play, finishing second behind fifth-ranked Skidmore, which slipped by William Smith 1-0 in overtime during the regular season.
The Herons topped Rensselaer 4-1 in the Liberty League Tournament Semifinals to get a rematch with the Thoroughbreds in the championship match, but again came up a goal short, falling 2-1.
William Smith earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship, defeating Washington & Jefferson 2-0 in the first round before falling to eventual national champion, the College of New Jersey 1-0 in the second round. The Lions won each of their remaining NCAA matches by at least two goals.
Scatton’s career record at William Smith stands at 374-117-3 (.760). She has guided the Herons to 10 Liberty League Championships since the conference was founded in 1995 and 18 NCAA tournament appearances, resulting in three national championships, two second place finishes, and one third place showing.