Beth Anders Q&A With Lee Tolliver
By Lee Tolliver
Beth Anders is a coach with few peers, a mentor who played a role in the advancement of field hockey from her days as a high school player in Norristown, Pa., to her final day of coaching last weekend.
As an athlete, Anders was named to national teams for basketball and field hockey. She even won an intercollegiate squash championship in 1970.
She was an Olympian, both as a player and coach.
As ODU's head coach, Anders guided the Lady Monarchs to the NCAA tournament in each of her 30 years. She was the first Division I field hockey coach to reach 500 victories (she's 561-136-7). Her teams won a record nine national field hockey titles - advancing to the Final Four 17 seasons and earning three runner-up finishes.