Susan Ciufo is in her third year as head coach of the Stonehill College field hockey program.
Ciufo has maintained the high level of play for the program over her two seasons as head coach at Stonehill, guiding the Skyhawks to a 28-13 (.683) overall record and back to back NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the national semifinal round in 2015. The Skyhawks are 18-6 (.750) in Northeast-10 Conference play over her first two seasons, winning the NE10 Tournament title in her first year as head coach in 2015.
Stonehill field hockey student-athletes have earned five All-America honors over her first two seasons, with Erika Kelly ’16 also collecting Longstreth/NFHCA Division II Player of the Year honors her senior year and current junior, Kacie Smith, marking her second straight student-athlete to collect Longstreth/NFHCA North Region Player of the Year accolades. The Skyhawks have earned eight All-NE10 honors under her guidance, with Kelly and Smith being named the NE10 Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Stonehill’s field hockey student-athletes continue to perform in the classroom, with the team being named a ZAG/NFHCA National Academic Squad each of Ciufo’s first two years at the helm for having a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Skyhawks have earned four NE10 Academic All-Conference awards over her two years, with recent graduate Sarah Morse, ’17, earning CoSIDA Academic All-America At Large honors and Stonehill’s Edward E. Martin Scholar-Athlete Award.
Ciufo took over as head coach at Stonehill following two seasons as assistant coach at her alma mater, Drexel University. During her two seasons as an assistant coach under long-time head coach Denise Zelenak at Drexel, Ciufo worked with both the forwards and goalkeepers, preparing practice plans and developing their individual skills for game day. She had a focus on breaking down game film and recruiting student-athletes from across the country. The Dragons posted a 23-15 (.605) overall record in her two seasons as an assistant coach, including a 6-6 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association, posting a pair of wins over nationally-ranked University of Iowa in 2013 and Temple University in 2014. Drexel earned a spot in the 2013 CAA semifinals, posting a 13-7 record overall, including 4-2 in the CAA.
Prior to returning as an assistant coach with her alma mater, Ciufo served two seasons at Lehigh as assistant coach under Stacey Eversley, who formerly coached at NE10 member American International College. Ciufo was the Mountain Hawks recruiting coordinator and offensive specialist and served as interim head coach while Eversley was on maternity leave over the latter part of the 2012 season, gaining valuable experience in that role.
Ciufo is active with USA Field Hockey, both as a player and coach. She has been a member of the USA Indoor National Team since 2011, earning a gold medal at the 2013 Rohrmax Cup and a bronze medal at the 2014 Pan Am Cup. Ciufo has been a USA Regional and National Futures Tournament selector since 2013, was an assistant coach with USA New Jersey Junior High Performance in 2011 and USA Pennsylvania High Performance in 2015. She has also earned coaching experience as head coach of Mystx Field Hockey Club’s U-19 squad.
Ciufo is a 2011 graduate of Drexel, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in education, also receiving a Master’s Degree in sports management from Drexel in 2015. She was a four-year starter for the Dragons field hockey program and ranks second in program history with 58 goals and 140 points in 84 career games. She was a four-time CAA Scholar-Athlete honoree and was named first team All-CAA and first team Regional All-American as a sophomore, junior and senior. In 2008, Ciufo set the NCAA record with a 22 game point streak and received third team All-America honors. She helped the 2009 Dragons earn an at large bid in the 2009 NCAA Tournament after winning the CAA regular season championship.
Ciufo currently resides in Easton.
|2015||14-7||.667||9-3||.750||NE10 Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament National Semifinalists
|2016||14-6||.700||9-3||.750||NE10 Tournament Semifinalists
|Totals||28-13||.683||18-6||.750||2x NCAA Tournament; 2015 NE10 Championship|