Lori Hussong joined the Rider athletics staff in 2000 as the field hockey head coach and has enjoyed nothing but success. The four-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year (2011, 2009, 2005, 2003), Hussong has led nine of her Rider teams to either an NEC Championship (2011, 2010, 2004, 2002, 2000) or an NEC Regular Season Title (2011, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2001) and all 12 teams have qualified for the conference playoffs with 10 reaching the NEC Title game.
Entering her 13th season in 2012, Hussong has compiled a 169-71 record and enters the 2012 season in the top 10 nationally among active Division I coaches with a .704 winning percentage.
In 2011, Rider (19-2) opened the season 4-0 before losing at Hofstra. The Broncs did not lose again until the NCAA Play-In game at Princeton as Rider won 15 straight times enroute to both the NEC Regular Season Title and NEC Championship. Rider took home the NEC Player of the Year award for the third season in a row with the Broncs also winning the Offensive Player of the Year award as Hussong was named NEC Coach of the Year for the fourth time. In November 2011, Hussong was recognized at the 37th annual Trenton Select testimonial dinner for her career accomplishments.
In 2010, after a 3-3 start, Rider realed off 13 straight wins enroute to a 16-4 record and won the Northeast Conference championship game 1-0 over Monmouth after going undefeated in NEC play for the second year in a row. The Broncs advanced to their fourth NCAA Play-In game under Hussong, losing in the snow at Albany 2-1. For the third season in a row, Rider took home NEC Rookie of the Year Honors and for the second year in a row, NEC Player of the Year honors. Just as important was how Rider played enroute to the championships with the team earning the NEC Sportsmanship Award for field hockey.
In 2009, Rider opened the season 13-0 enroute to a 17-2 record and went 8-0 in Northeast Conference play, advancing to the NEC semifinals while leading the nation in goals against average (0.65). Hussong, who was named NEC Coach of the Year for the third time, had a player named rookie of the Year for the second season in a row (Marlaine Schneider, 2009) with 2008 Rookie of the Year Virginia Egusquiza named NEC Player of the Year in 2009. For the second year in a row, five players earned All-NEC honors with 11 players honored for academics by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
In 2008, Hussong was 13-7, 6-1 in the NEC, and coached five All-NEC players including conference Rookie of the Year Virginia Egusquiza who was named to Spain's U21 National team. In total, 14 of the players on the 2008 roster earned NEC All-Academic honors.
In 2007, Hussong earned her 100th career win, a 1-0 NEC victory over St. Francis, Pa., as the Broncs placed second in the conference with a 6-1 record.
As strong as the team has been on the field, the student-athletes have been even sharper in the classroom. The team had the highest grade point average of all Rider teams for the Spring 2008 semester, extending that streak to three semesters in a row. The Broncs were one of only 43 teams nationally that received recognition for academics from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Overall, the team has had the top grade point average at Rider five times since 2004.
"We are really proud of the team's academic accomplishments," said Hussong. "They work extremely hard both on the field and in the classroom. One of our goals in each semester is to try to do the best you can in whatever you're doing, so they are certainly getting that life lesson."
In 2005, Hussong guided the Broncs to the NEC Regular Season Title with a 7-1 conference record en route to a 14-6 season and to the conference championship game, earning her Coach of the Year honors. Off the field, the team compiled the highest team GPA of the 20 varsity teams at Rider for the Fall 2005 semester.
In 2004, Hussong was chosen to coach the National Field Hockey Coaches Association North/South Senior All-Star Game, after guiding Rider to the seventh best win-loss record in Division I (18-3). Her 2004 squad ranked in the Top 10 in scoring defense (6th at 0.94), scoring offense (10th at 3.06) and margin of victory (9th at 2.12).
Hussong has taken the 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2010 Rider teams to the NCAA Tournament and won the NEC Regular Season Title in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010. Hussong took over a team that had an RPI of 75 and achieved an all-time high of 29 during the 2004 season.
"More important than the championships and the accolades are the relationships, friendships and support we are sharing," said Hussong, a wife and mother of three. "Our program is a 'family' now and that makes our work as coaches so rewarding and enjoyable that we can't help but to pour our hearts and souls into it. The players we recruit are quality students, athletes and people. We love to watch them grow and mature and exude what we know as 'Rider Pride'."
A 1984 graduate of Trenton State College, Hussong came to Rider from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, where she is currently in her 26th year as a physical education teacher and coached field hockey for 13 years. At West Windsor-Plainsboro, Hussong led her squads to nine Colonial Valley Conference Championships, three Central Jersey Group IV Sectional Championships, and one Mercer County Championship. At West Windsor-Plainsboro, Hussong compiled a coaching record of 192-57-11. As a player at Trenton State, Hussong was named to the NCAA All-Decade team for the 1980s. Hussong was a member of the 1981 and 1983 National Championship teams, earning NCAA All-Tournament team honors in 1982 and 1983. She was named a Penn Monto Division III All-American in 1983.
Hussong originally hails from Cinnaminson, and played varsity field hockey and softball for Cinnaminson High School before graduating in 1980. Hussong was inducted into the Cinnaminson Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.
Hussong and husband (assistant coach Dan Hussong) are the parents of three children; Michael, Colby and Tommy.