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Elizabethtown College basketball coach, Yvonne Kauffman, to be honored after Saturday’s game

Feb 6th, 2012 | By | Category: News

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Yvonne Kauffman will coach her last regular home season basketball game on Saturday Tuesday February 14.  In Saturday’s Tuesday’s doubleheader against Lycoming College, the men’s team will play at 5 p.m., and the women will play at 7 p.m.  Following the women’s game, Kauffman will be honored as she closes her 42-year basketball coaching career at Elizabethtown.   She is scheduled to retire at the end of the academic year.

Kauffman serves as head basketball coach and associate director of athletics.  In addition to coaching basketball for 42 years, she previously coached field hockey and women’s tennis at the school.  During her career as coach, she has amassed over 1,130 career wins in the three sports and has led the basketball team to NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Championships in 1982 and 1989.

From local origins, Kauffman attended Manheim Central High School and completed her undergraduate studies at Bridgewater College.  She played basketball, tennis, and field hockey at Bridgewater.  She began teaching physical education at Elizabethtown in 1966, began coaching field hockey in 1967, and commenced coaching women’s basketball and tennis in 1970.

She led the hockey team to 346 victories, including three Middle Atlantic Conference Championships in 1975, 1978, and 1987. She finished her hockey coaching career in 2000. Kauffman coached tennis for 14 years.

Her 687 basketball wins ranks 18th amongst all NCAA coaches in any division and third in Division III.  The basketball team during her tenure has had great success including:  conference championships in 1976, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1995, and 2001; AIAW tournament appearances in 1978, 1980, and 1981; NCAA tournament appearances in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2001; AIAW National Runner-Up in 1981; NCAA Division III National Runner-Up in 1983, and 1984; NCAA Division III National Champion in1982 and 1989.

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