Jaye Stuart, Connecticut – 2002
Jaye has been involved in the teaching and coaching of girls in athletics since 1975, working for the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts as a college student. Since that time, she has coached in numerous recreation programs, high school and middle school programs, the Connecticut Nutmeg Games, and the Future’s Developmental Program in field hockey.
Through the years, she has been affiliated with the Connecticut Berkshire League, the United States Field Hockey Association, the National Coaches Association, the Connecticut Coaches Association, and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Extensive records for her teams are not available, but from 1993-2002, her field hockey teams posted a 238-28-17 record. These are the only records available.
Post-season appearances by her teams include: Field Hockey – VT State Champions 1979, CT State Champions 2001, Runners-up, 1999-2000, League Champions 1999, 2000, and 2001. They participated in a National Field Hockey Tournament. Jaye was named the CT/RI Coach of the Year in 1997, the Class S Coach for senior All-State in 1999, and the MA/CT Interstate Game Coach in 1999 and 2001.
Among her many awards and recognitions are: Field Hockey State Sportsmanship Award in 1992 and 1993 by the Officials Board, Class S Coach of the Year by the State Field Hockey Coaches Association, and the Coach of the Year in 2002 by the Coaches Association.
“The more important work I do, other than already cited, happens as a volunteer. Being involved in the variety of recreation programs in our community is very rewarding. Introducing young girls to a variety of opportunities has much more merit and importance than championships and personal awards. The end results are important but would never happen if girls do not get involved prior to middle and high school.”