Columbus, Ohio – On Wednesday the Big Ten Conference announced that Ohio State field hockey head coach Jarred Martin has been named the 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year The conference also announced that seniors Courtney Daniels and Kelsey Nolan and junior Esther Clotet have earned All-Big Ten honors.
Martin, in only his second season with the Buckeyes, has made a very quick impact on the team and the conference. He has coached the team to 12 wins this season with one of the toughest schedules in the country against many highly ranked teams. It is the program’s most single-season wins since the 2011 season and five of the Buckeyes’ victories were over higher ranked opponents.
Also, for the first time in 8 years, the Buckeyes won 5 conference games and he has coached his team to the Big 10 semi-final game, the first time since 2013. Martin has coached his teams to a record of 22-16 and two consecutive Big Ten tournament quarterfinal appearances. The Buckeyes earned their first regular season NFHCA Coaches Poll rankings for the first time in five years last year, and this season the team has been ranked in every edition of the poll.
“I enjoyed playing for Coach Jarred,” 2018 Ohio State Graduate and Field Hockey Legend Maddy Humphrey stated. “I wish I could still play there. It’s great to see the big turn around. He said his goal is to put Buckeye field hockey on the map.”
Martin has done a great job turning the program around along with his assistant coaches Homero Pardi and Kate Lipton. You can see how the players respond to him on the field and how they all pull together and plays as one unit. He has done a great job of recruiting and has one of the best young teams around.
Kelsey Nolan earned the First Team All-Big Ten honor. Nolan has recorded three goals and five assists on the season, including the assist on the lone goal that advanced the Buckeyes into the semifinals of the 2018 Big Ten tournament. Prior to this season, Nolan had only recorded two points, with a goal during the 2017 season. This season, the Lancaster, Pa. native has proven to be a force in the Buckeye lineup, always bringing hustle to the field. Nolan is the first Buckeye to receive this recognition since 2015.
Esther Clotet garnered Second Team All-Big Ten recognition. Clotet is the leading scorer for Ohio State with 11 goals and 26 points and has been spectacular this season in tough situations for the Buckeyes. Clotet has scored two game-winning goals, including the game-winning goal in double overtime to take down No. 10 Rutgers in Sunday’s quarterfinal game. The junior from Barcelona, Spain has scored 23 goals in her career as a Buckeye.
Courtney Daniels has been named the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award Nominee. This award is given to student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior both on the field and off. Daniels has been a constant in the Buckeye backfield, starting all 19 games of her senior season and playing almost every minute. She has also offered support on the offensive end, recording one goal and four assists on the season.
These honors are the first of their kind for each Ohio State recipient.
The Buckeyes are set to play No. 2 Maryland in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Big Ten tournament on Friday (1 p.m. ET) in Evanston, Ill.
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