Coach Spotlight: Bertie Landes
It is always a great moment when your career can be summed up by a trip to the Hall of Fame. That is the case for long-time SU field hockey coach Bertie Landes. Landes will be inducted into the Zag Field Hockey Tours National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
She is the first SU head coach to be inducted into a national hall of fame. Landes achieved her 400th career victory in SU’s final regular season game of 2011, a 5-1 win at Seton Hill.
Landes became the 11th head coach in NCAA history to reach 400 career field hockey coaching victories and is just the third coach to do so with 10 or more seasons spent at the Division II level.
Landes has been involved with the sport of field hockey since the early 1960s.
As a player, Landes was a member of the U.S. national field hockey squad for seven seasons as a defender.
She toured Europe, South America, Rhodesia and South Africa before retiring from the squad in 1975.
Over her 32 year coaching career Landes has a record of 401-116-17.
In 13 seasons at the helm of the Raiders, Landes has won more than 78 percent of her games posting a record of 217-60-1.
SU has won at least 12 games and never lost more than eight in any season under Landes.
Before SU, Landes coached 19 seasons at Philadelphia Biblical University, where she posted a record of 184-56-16.
Landes has been named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year six times: 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011 while earning National Field Hockey Coaches Association South Region Coach of the Year honors three times: 1999, 2005 and 2010.
SU has had 24 All-Americans under Landes’ direction and 35 total All-Americans since 1999. SU has qualified for the PSAC Tournament in 11 consecutive seasons.
With the induction into the Hall of Fame, Landes will join three other coaches at the ceremony.
Steve Jennings of American University, Maurene Polly from Villa Marie Academy and Patricia Provost of Notre Dame Academy.
Landes has been recognized for continuous wins on the field but the affect she has had on all the girls she has coached.
This year, SU went undefeated in conference play under Landes.