Sharon Pfluger

Pfluger directs both the field hockey and women's lacrosse programs at The College and ranks among the all-time leaders nationally in wins in both programs.

She is one of just two female coaches (Pat Summitt being the other) featured in the NCAA Hall of Champions’ Legends of the Game display located in Indianapolis, IN.

She authored a chapter for a book edited by Cecile Reynaud, PhD entitled, “She Can Coach: Tools for Success from 20 Top Women Coaches,” which was published by Human Kinetics Publishers in March 2005. Pfluger’s chapter focuses on team cohesion.

Pfluger was an assistant coach at Drew University in 1982 for field hockey and in 1984 for lacrosse, and the head field hockey coach at Kean College in 1983 and at Montclair State College in 1984, prior to her return to the College.

Pfluger ranks among the elite at any NCAA level as the veteran coach has compiled an impressive 532-64-1 record in 33 seasons. Her career wins are the most in NCAA history at any level and she also ranks near the top at all levels for career winning percentage.

Under her guidance, TCNJ has earned 10 NCAA Division III Championships, six NCAA Runner-Up titles, and seven third-place finishes. Her teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of her first 33 seasons and also captured the inaugural New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship when it was introduced as a conference sport in 2009.

Pfluger has coached 156 All-Americans and has had 18 players recognized as a Division III National ‘Field’ Player of the Year in the last 28 years.

In November of 2007, the US Lacrosse Board of Directors acknowledged her outstanding contributions to the game of lacrosse with her selection for the 50th class of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Pfluger was named the 1987 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLCA) Division III Coach of the Year and again earned that honor in 2004. She has also been selected as a regional coach of the year in 1989, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

The Lions put together one of the most impressive streaks in college sports from April 14, 1991 until May 18, 1997 when Pfluger directed the program to 102 straight victories.

Over the course of her career, there have been many additional honors in the areas of athletics and service for Pfluger. During the 1991 NCAA Division I and III Women’s Lacrosse Championships, she was the recipient of the NCAA 10th Anniversary Outstanding Service Award for her accomplishments in women’s lacrosse.