Two-time Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year Pam Arpe enters her seventh season as Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Stonehill. During her tenure, she has led the team to three NCAA tournament appearances, two NE-10 regular-season titles, and a conference tournament championship, while qualifying for postseason play every year and setting a new program record for wins in a season.
Most recently, during the 2009-10 season, the Skyhawks posted an overall record of 18-4 (12-1 in conference matches) and advanced to the NE-10 title match for the fourth time in six seasons. Five of Arpe’s players earned All-Conference honors, and three freshmen were selected to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team.
Arpe’s Skyhawks rewrote the record books in 2008-09, winning a program-record 22 matches on the way to claiming the NE-10 regular-season and tournament titles, and a postseason berth in the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships. The team posted a 13-match winning streak and went a perfect 12-0 in conference competition as they rose as high as #2 in the NCAA East Region rankings, and won their first-ever NCAA East Regional title with a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over Queens College.
The team advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in program history, and Arpe earned her second NE-10 Coach of the Year nomination. Freshman Leah White was named the NE-10 Freshman of the Year, and seven players were named to the All-Conference first team. Additionally, five Skyhawks were selected to the inaugural NE-10 All-Rookie squad.
The 2008 season saw Stonehill finish 16-7 and earn their fourth straight NE-10 tournament appearance, as senior Daniella Granato and the doubles team of freshman Lindsey Herchel and senior Elise Clark were named to the All-Conference first team. Their season again ended in the semifinals as they were beaten by eventual conference champion Bryant. Arpe led Stonehill to a 7-4 overall record in 2007, reaching the NE-10 semifinals and seeing five players receive All-Conference recognition for their efforts.
In 2006, the Skyhawks won a then-school-record 17 victories and claimed the fourth NE-10 regular-season championship in school history with a perfect 12-0 conference slate. Arpe was named the NE-10 Coach of the Year after reaching the NE-10 title match and earning an NCAA tournament appearance for the second straight season.
In her first season at the helm, Arpe made an immediate impact, guiding the Skyhawks to a 13-3 overall mark and the runner-up spot in the NE-10 regular-season and tournament championships, while earning a trip to the 2005 NCAA Division II Championships.
Arpe also led the Stonehill field hockey program for eight years, winning a pair of NE-10 championships and leading the team to the 2005 NCAA Division II Final Four.
Arpe came to Stonehill after serving as assistant athletic director, varsity field hockey coach and varsity girls tennis coach at North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth, Maine, where she led the tennis team to a pair of state championships. Prior to that, she served as varsity field hockey coach at Greely High School in Cumberland, Maine.
A 1972 graduate of Principia (Ill.) College with a degree in elementary education, Arpe spent two seasons at her alma mater as the Head Women's Basketball and Softball Coach after spending eight years as the assistant athletic director, varsity field hockey coach and varsity girls tennis coach at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Conn.
She was named the 1991 Connecticut Coach of the Year and led Joel Barlow to an overall mark of 154-4 (.975) and eight consecutive state championships during her tenure, including a state-record 122 straight dual-match victories.
Arpe has two daughters, Ashley and Amanda, and currently resides in Falmouth, Mass.