o Record: 0-0 entering 1st year at McDaniel College; 25-53 in four years at Oberlin (43-21 in lacrosse).
o Age: 27 (Born 12/18/71).
o Education: B.S. from Lynchburg (1993); M.Ed. from Virginia Tech (1995).
o Previous Coaching: Head coach of Virginia Tech club team (1994) and Oberlin (1995-98). Led Oberlin to league titles in lacrosse in 1997 and '98.
o Playing Career: Regional all-American in hockey as senior at Lynchburg (1992); 1st-team all-league in hockey, lax; played in North-South All-Star Game in lax.
As a senior at Lynchburg College in 1992, Mindy Manolovich played in the North-South All-Star Game in lacrosse. Just seven years later, in 1999, she chaired the committee that chose the players for the big game.
That's how far this rising young coach has come in her brief career &emdash; far enough to circle back to Westminster, Md., where she grew up in the shadow of Western Maryland. Manolovich, 28, takes over the McDaniel College field hockey and lacrosse teams in 1999-2000 after four seasons as head coach at Oberlin (Ohio) College, where she made the field hockey squad respectable and earned North Coast Athletic Conference titles in lacrosse in 1997 and '98. The league named her Coach of the Year in women's lacrosse in '97.
Manolovich left Oberlin having won two of the three league titles the school had won in all sports over the league's 15-year history.
She returns to the very place that, in a sense, it all began. It was at McDaniel College that she spent long months rehabbing from a horrific knee injury that could have sabotaged her budding career.
In 1988, heading into her last year at Westminster High, Manolovich was destined for a Division I college when she tore an ACL in the hockey opener. She wound up at Lynchburg, where she made all-American in hockey and all-Old Dominion Athletic Conference in both hockey and lacrosse.
Manolovich earned a master's in education at Virginia Tech while coaching the club teams in both sports. In 1995 she arrived at Oberlin and ran up four-year records of 25-53 in hockey and 43-21 in lacrosse (with two titles and two second-places). From 1995 to '97 she coached the U.S. Futures squad, and in 1997 and '98 she coached the Midwest team at the USWLA national tournament.
In 1997, as her fellow seniors at the College of Notre Dame were having their pictures taken for the yearbook, Tinah Houck was having hers taken for Sports Illustrated. Houck appeared in SI's "Faces in the Crowd" after breaking the Division III lacrosse record for points in a game and winning four league Player of the Year awards during her career in three sports, including basketball and field hockey.
Houck, now in her third year at McDaniel College (her first on the hockey/lacrosse staff), was Outstanding Female Athlete at Westminster High in 1992-93, making first-team all-state in hockey, first-team all-league in hoops and lax. At Notre Dame she made all-region in hockey and lacrosse.