Stanford field hockey coach is tops in West Region


Stanford head coach Tara Danielson was named the 2014 4U Field Hockey/NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year, as announced Wednesday by the organization.

Danielson led Stanford to its best season in program history, including its first NCAA Tournament victory. The Cardinal set program records in victories (19), winning-streak (12 games) and national ranking (No. 3, Oct. 14-Nov. 2). Stanford went 4-1 against top-10 opponents and 6-2 against the top 20.

Danielson was named the NorPac Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year after the Cardinal earned the NorPac regular season title. Stanford is 25-2 under Danielson in NorPac regular-season play and has won or claimed a share of the NorPac regular-season title in seven of the past eight years.

Danielson was joined by Missy Meharg (Maryland, Mid-Atlantic), Nancy Stevens (Connecticut, Mideast), Phil Sykes (Albany, Northeast) and Jodi Murphy (Liberty, South) in regional coaching honors.

The 2014 4U Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Coach of the Year will be announced Jan. 16.

Women's basketball

Stanford senior guard Amber Orrange continued to collect early season accolades when she was named to the Naismith Trophy Women's 50 Watch List the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday.

Now on the preseason lists for all three major postseason individual awards (Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy), Orrange is one of seven Pac-12 players on the Naismith list. She is joined by Oregon's Jillian Alleyne, Cal's Brittany Boyd, Washington's Jazmine Davis, Cal's Reshanda Gray, Washington's Kelsey Plum and Oregon State's Sydney Wiese.

Through seven games this season, Orrange is second on the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (4.6 rpg) and leads the Cardinal in assists (4.3 apg). The do-it-all guard is tracking averages of 15.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 4.0 apg and could become the first Stanford player to hit those marks in a season since Nicole Powell in 2003-04.

Stanford (5-2), ranked No. 7 nationally in the AP Top 25 poll this week, will host Santa Clara in a nonleague game on Sunday in Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Men's soccer

Stanford associate head coach John Smith has been named Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Smith has played an integral role in Stanford's success since arriving on The Farm with Jeremy Gunn prior to the 2012 season, which culminated this fall with the program's best campaign in more than a decade. The Cardinal claimed its first Pac-12 Championship since 2001, a No. 1 NSCAA ranking, its most wins (13) since 2002 and its best winning percentage (.763) since 2001.

In his third year on staff, Smith was elevated to the position of associate head coach on Sept. 15. He has helped assemble significant talent and translated it into some impressive play on the pitch. The Cardinal's most recent recruiting haul was ranked sixth in the country by College Soccer News, high praise which came on the heels of the nation's 11th-ranked recruiting class in 2013.

In the past three seasons, Stanford student-athletes have earned 14 All-Pac-12 selections, eight NSCAA All-Far West Region nods and 34 Pac-12 All-Academic honors.

— Stanford Athletics

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