Via Rhodes Athletics
Memphis (Dec. 17, 2018) – Rhodes College interim athletic director Matt Dean has announced that Lindsay Kasten has stepped down as head field hockey coach and will be relocating closer to family.
"I have been very appreciative of how coach Kasten has served our athletic community these last two years," said Dean. "She has been a true professional and has helped grow our program. This past season was special, with field hockey winning the SAA tournament and advancing to the NCAA tournament, and I am so proud of the team's accomplishments. I will miss Lindsay, and I wish her the best on her next chapter in life."
Kasten secured a 24-9 record during her two seasons guiding the Lynx. During her first career head coaching stint, she led the Lynx to a combined 10-1 conference record, winning the 2017 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) regular season championship, the program's fourth straight title, as well as the 2018 SAA tournament championship, advancing to the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Lynx have consistently been ranked statistically among fellow NCAA Division III teams and individuals the last two years. In 2017, Rhodes was the DIII statistical champion in shutouts per game (0.59) and the Lynx just completed the 2018 season ranked second in assists per game (3.44) and points per game (12.31). Full top-10 final rankings for both seasons can be found in the program records.
The 2018 SAA Coach of the Year, Kasten coached the 2018 SAA Offensive Player of the Year (Hailey Mules) and 2017 Defensive Player of the Year (Daryl Perry). Mules became the fifth All-American in program history this season, while both students were among six all-conference honorees (eight selections) and five student-athletes that have garnered seven All-Region selections under Kasten.
While advancing to the SAA tournament championship game each year of the conference's existence, the Lynx have also excelled in the classroom. During the 2017 fall campaign, they posted a team grade point average of 3.44 to earn National Field Hockey Coaches Association Team Academic honors. Under Kasten, Rhodes had 14 Lynx named to the NFHCA Academic Squad.
A national search for the program's fifth head coach will begin immediately.