Wynn Hohlt has been the head field hockey coach at Bates College since 1998, guiding the team to ECAC Championship play in 1998, 1999 and 2000, and NESCAC Championship play in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2010. She led the team to an 11-4 record, the highest win total for the program since 1982, in her second season at Bates in 1999.
Hohlt started her coaching career at Plymouth State College in 1992. She led the Panther field hockey program to a 78-33-1 record with five postseason berths in six seasons, and boasts a 124-103-1 overall record in 14 seasons with 10 trips to the postseason.
Hohlt graduated from Williams College in 1989, where she was an All-Region goalkeeper. She later earned a graduate degree in exercise and sports studies from Smith College.
“Being part of the field hockey team gives student-athletes ties to Bates that reach far beyond spending four years here,” says Hohlt. “Players uphold and strengthen existing traditions, while establishing new ones for future teams to follow.”
Assistant Coach Debbie Bell
Debbie Bell joined the Bobcat coaching staff in August 2012. The native of Hamilton, New Zealand graduated from Kent State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Human Movement and a minor in Athletic Coaching.
As a striker for the Golden Flashes, Bell was named to the Mid-American Conference team all four years and was a four-time NFHCA All-Region selection and a two-time All-American. The only MAC player selected to play in the NFHCA Senior All-Star game in 2011, Bell was one of the most prolific scorers in NCAA history, scoring 97 career goals. Her goal total is tied for 10th all-time in the NCAA record book while her 215 total points are 14th all-time. She graduated as Kent’s all-time leading scorer and leader in total points. She also finished with the second most goals in MAC history.
“I am thrilled to have Debbie come on board this year,” said Head Coach Wynn Hohlt. “Debbie brings a new level of skill and knowledge to our program. Her time at Kent as well as her years playing age-group hockey in New Zealand have provide her with experience that will impact our program immediately. Her passion for the sport and desire to pass that along are wonderful traits that will serve Bates field hockey very well.”
During her career, Bell helped her team win three MAC championships and earned two trips to the NCAA tournament. Following her senior campaign, Bell stayed on with Golden Flashes as a coaching intern in the spring of 2012. She has served as a coach in the USA Futures program since 2009.