DAVIS, Calif. -- A standout during her college career at Louisville, Auckland, New Zealand native, Victoria Stratton, joins the UC Davis field hockey program as an assistant coach for the 2017 season.
“When I was offered the opportunity to coach at UC Davis, it was a no-brainer for me without question,” said Stratton. “This being my first coaching position at the Division I level, I’m open to absorb everything I can.”
She joins the Aggies after one season as a Volunteer Assistant Coach at her alma mater, during which Louisville reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
“The biggest influence for me was my head coach at Louisville," Stratton said. "Watching her transform the team into one of the highest-ranking teams in the country really inspired me to pursue coaching.”
Stratton also spent time coaching the International Field Hockey Club of Kentucky U14 through U19 teams, camps at the University of Louisville, and the middle school field hockey team at St. Margaret’s Academy.
During her time with the Cardinals, the All-American made an appearance in every scheduled game, tallying career totals of 12 goals and six assists. A starter for 78 of the 81 games, she served as the on-field captain for the 2013 season, and captain for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
In her senior season alone, Stratton started all 20 games, posted four goals, and netted game-winners against Boston College and California. The former back was also named to the 2015 Longstreth/NFHCA All-America third team and All-West Region first team.
In addition to her achievements on the field, Stratton also displayed excellence in the classroom. Transferring to Louisville in 2012 after a year at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, she was named to the BIG EAST honor roll as a freshman and sophomore, and earned a spot on the Deans Honor roll in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
She graduated from Louisville with bachelor’s degrees in exercise science in 2015, and physical education teaching in 2017. “Having an exercise science background contributes to me as a coach, so that’s another element I hope to integrate into my coaching style,” she added.
Prior to attending Louisville, Stratton played in some of the highest levels of competition in New Zealand. From 2002 to 2011, she competed for the Auckland women’s team, helping snag national titles in 2009 and 2010. “Coming from New Zealand and having experience playing at a top Division I school, I bring a different side to the game, which is an exciting element to pass on to the players,” Stratton said.
“I’m definitely excited and ready to go. I’m ready for that first season game, and I know it is going to be an exciting year for us.”
The Aggies will host an exhibition game against America East Conference Western Division rival Pacific on Saturday, August 19th at 5 p.m.
UC Davis then officially opens the regular season on August 26th at 2 p.m., hosting Michigan State at the Aggie Field Hockey Facility for the first time in program history.