Over her 12 years guiding the University of Rochester field hockey team, Wendy Andreatta has taken the program to new heights.
Under her tutelage, the Yellowjackets are 176-73 and have had 10+ wins in every season. She has coached ten players to All-America honors, including 1st Team selections in Michelle Relin ('16), Tara Lamberti ('16), Sayaka Abe ('17) and Nancy Bansbach ('18). She also has aided in the development of 33 players to a total of 59 All-Liberty League awards.
In 2018, Andreatta and Rochester embarked on a record setting campaign, one which saw UR reach the NCAA Division III Tournament for the fourth straight year and record a school record 19 wins, ending the season 19-3. The 'Jackets reached the national quarterfinals (Elite 8) for the third time in four seasons and held 20 of 22 opponents to one goal or less, ranking near the top of Division III in a number of statistical categories including shutouts, goals against average, save percentage, penalty corners and defensive saves.
That follows a 2017 campaign which was a banner year for the Yellowjackets. UR captured its first ever Liberty League title, completing a perfect run through conference play. In the regular season UR was 7-0 in the Liberty League and then defeated William Smith and then Skidmore to claim the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament, UR's third straight postseason appearance. Andreatta and her staff were selected as Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year, and also were recognized by the NFHCA as North Atlantic Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.
In both 2015 and 2016, UR reached the NCAA Division III Tournament both seasons and accumulated 18 victories in each year, matching the school record set initially in 2012. The 2015 squad reached the NCAA national quarterfinals while the 2016 Yellowjackets reached the second round.
Achieving success in the classroom as well, Rochester field hockey has been named to the NFHCA All-Academic Squad in each year of the award’s existence. One of the top honors for a Rochester senior student-athlete to achieve, the Lysle “Spike” Garnish Award, has been presented to nine different field hockey team members during Andreatta’s tenure.
Andreatta also was awarded the Meliora Award from the University, an award which goes to a staff member for outstanding service and contribution to the college and who embodies the school's motto of "Meliora" (Ever Better).
The 2012 season saw Andreatta's team burst onto the national scene. She was named Dita/NFHCA North Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year in addition to her and the UR staff being named Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year after Rochester was 18-6 and earned the programs first ever NCAA Tournament appearance, making it all the way to the national quarterfinals, upsetting #12 Rowan and #4 Salisbury in the process. After the team's 8-0 start, Rochester broke into the national rankings for just the second time ever in the program’s 38-year history.
In August 2007, Andreatta took over the program after ten years spent coaching at Division I institutions. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Andreatta, formerly 'Brady', assisted UConn for one season before a three-year stint as a graduate assistant coach at Syracuse University. After graduating with an MA in Journalism, Andreatta spent three years as the top assistant at Hofstra University, earning an MA in English, followed by two seasons with the Lions at Columbia University as the top assistant under Olympian, Katie (Kauffman) Beach.
Active in USA Field Hockey, Andreatta had been a head coach in the Futures program for fifteen years before assuming USA Field Hockey’s Regional Development Manager for New York in 2011. In this role, Andreatta runs the USA Field Hockey Futures program in New York, managing all of the training sites, organizing the annual Regional Futures Tournament and assisting with the development of youth field hockey throughout the state.
Andreatta continues to coach within the USA Field Hockey Futures program and has coached teams at the National Futures Championships in both Virginia Beach and at Spooky Nook over the years, as well as the Junior Olympics and other events. Andreatta has also served as a selector for USA Field Hockey events, both at the regional and national level, and holds a Level II coaching accreditation through USA Field Hockey. Andreatta has directed the University of Rochester field hockey camp for the past ten years and has coached at camps and clinics throughout the country.
With an interest in developing and promoting youth field hockey opportunities in Western New York, Andreatta launched Finger Lakes Field Hockey – a Rochester-based travel field hockey club that participates in local, regional and national recruiting events and tournaments throughout the year.
Andreatta’s reach goes beyond the playing field. She recently served on the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Committee, and as a Level One USA Field Hockey Accreditation Program Instructor. On the River Campus, Andreatta completed a three-year term as Corresponding Secretary for the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at the University of Rochester.
Andreatta graduated magna cum laude with honors from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of arts degree in English and Anthropology. She won a Big East Conference Post Graduate Scholarship and the UConn Club’s Senior Scholar-Athlete Award. Additionally, she was named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America University Division At-Large Team.
While coaching at Syracuse, Andreatta earned a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2000. Andreatta earned a second Master of Arts in English from Hofstra University in 2003. She was named All-America as a senior at Connecticut to cap off a career where she was a Big East Rookie of the Year as a freshman and the Most Outstanding Performer at the Big East Championships as a senior. Andreatta still holds single-season and Big East Tournament scoring records.
She and her husband, David, reside in Fairport, New York, with their two sons.
Lauren Brooks has joined the Rochester field hockey coaching staff in 2018.
She was one of the top scorers in Syracuse University field hockey history, tallying 40 goals and 10 assists in her four-year career with the Orange. That goal total ranks Brooks fifth in school history and she is ranked 11th in school history in career points.
While at Syracuse, Brooks participated in four NCAA Division I Tournaments and helped the Orange earn two Big East titles (one tournament, one regular season). She also was on SU’s 2014 squad which reached the Division I National Championship game.
Brooks was a four-time NFHCA Academic Squad member. She also was selected to the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game in 2014 and earned NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team accolades in 2012. In 2011, she was Big East Tournament MVP and was named to the Big East All-Tournament Team.
She graduated from Syracuse in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics with a minor in Exercise Science. Currently, Brooks works full time in the Rochester area.