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In its first season as a member of the America East Conference — ranked No. 3 in the nation with its league RPI, trailing only the ACC and Big Ten — Huisman led UC Davis to a quarterfinal berth in the league’s championship tournament.
Under Huisman’s tutelage, this year’s roster set or tied 12 program records, earned the best RPI in the team’s Division I era and matched another team record for the most wins in a single season.
Of those eight victories, a school-record four — including results at Michigan State and at home versus Cal — were earned in come-from-behind fashion.
Last season, seven Aggies earned Division I National Academic Squad accolades; the National Field Hockey Coaches Association will release this year’s selections in early March.
Huisman brings a strong playing background as well as collegiate, high school and club coaching experience. Among her many accomplishments was being named field hockey's Honda Award winner in 2002 as the Collegiate Player of the Year while playing at Old Dominion University.
Huisman most recently served as the head coach at her alma mater, San Pasqual High School in Escondido, as well as program director for Wargles Field Hockey Club. She was an assistant coach at Boston University from 2003-07.
"Tiffany is a field hockey veteran whose experience at all levels of the sport will help our program continue to grow," said Terry Tumey, Director of Athletics. "Having been a highly successful student-athlete herself, she knows what it takes to lead others along the same path and we're fortunate to have her bring that vision to UC Davis."
Huisman said she is excited for the opportunity to lead the Aggies.
"My family and I are excited to join the UC Davis community," said Huisman. "This is a tremendous opportunity and a program with unlimited potential. We are proud to be part of the UC Davis history of athletic and academic excellence and I can't wait to get started."
Huisman graduated cum laude from Old Dominion in 2003 with her bachelor of science in health and physical education. She graduated after a standout playing career which saw her earn a pair of All-America first-team honors, four All-Colonial Athletic Association accolades and 2002 CAA Player of the Year honors.
She finished her career ranked sixth on the program's top 10 lists for goals (71) and points (181) and helped lead the Lady Monarchs, one of the most dominant programs in NCAA field hockey history, to the national championship in 2000 and four conference championships.
Following her graduation, Huisman embarked on a six-year career with the U.S. national team which culminated with her appearance at the 2008 Olympics. Her international career also included the 2006 World Cup in Madrid.
Huisman was a four-year assistant coach for Boston University and was involved in all areas of the Terriers' program including recruiting, video analysis, developing training drills, travel arrangements and game day preparation. Boston University made three NCAA Tournament appearances during her tenure there.
She led San Pasqual High School to a 21-5 overall record last fall, including a 10-0 record in the Avocado League. The Fighting Eagles outscored their opponents 124-12 while advancing to the CIF-San Diego Section semifinals.
"I look forward to building a strong foundation which encourages our student-athletes to thrive while providing a balance between field hockey and academics in order to be successful both on the field and in the classroom," she said.
Huisman takes over a UC Davis program that regained varsity status in 2009 and currently plays in the America East Conference.