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Wednesday, March 21, 2001


ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Elizabethtown College has named Stacy Rucci of Lancaster, Pa. the head coach of its field hockey program. She succeeds Yvonne Kauffman, who is stepping down after 33 seasons, as the program's eighth head coach in 50 years.

Rucci brings a wealth of field hockey and coaching experience to Elizabethtown. A 1993 alumna of Penn State, she was a Division I First Team All-American in 1991 and a Final Four participant in 1990 and 1991. She played in the US Olympic Festival in Los Angeles in 1991 and was a member of the A Camp US Field Hockey Squad in 1990 and 1991.

In 1992 and 1993, Rucci served as an assistant field hockey coach at Penn State when the team finished fifth in the nation. She moved on to Stanford University in 1993, and served as an assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach there until 1995. She served as an assistant field hockey coach at Duke University from 1995 to 1998, and was an assistant coach for the St. Mark's School in 1998.

Rucci has run several camps over the past ten years. She worked as an assistant and head coach at the Penn State Field Hockey Camp between 1989 and 1993. She took over as director and head coach of the Stanford Field Hockey Camp in 1993 and remained in that position until 1995. She served as the head coach at the USFHA Super Camp from 1995-97, and was the site director and head coach of the USFHA Futures program from 1993-98. She was also the program director for the Duke Field Hockey Camp between 1995 and 1997.

Rucci has worked with coaches from such top Division I programs as Penn State, Duke and Stanford, and she is also the daughter of longtime Franklin and Marshall head football coach Tom Gilburg.

Said Elizabethtown athletic director Nancy J. Latimore about Rucci, "Stacy has worked under some of the country's best coaches during her field hockey playing and coaching career at Penn State, Duke, and Stanford. And, she had a significant mentor at home, with her father, Tom Gilburg. Stacy will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our field hockey program."