Leslie LaFronz has been the head coach of the Kean University field hockey program for nine years entering the 2018 season. She has won 120 games at Kean and qualified for the postseason in every year but one during her time in Union.
2017 proved to be a banner season for Kean field hockey. The Cougars were ranked as high as No. 8 nationally with a program record 21 wins that included their first NJAC Regular Season Title and their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars tallied a program record 15 game winning streak with 12 shutouts and four victories over nationally ranked opponents. LaFronz earned Coach of the Year honors from the NJAC and ECAC with five All-NJAC selections and two NFHCA All-Americans.
The program posted arguably its best season in history in 2016 with a school-best 18-4 record. The team was ranked as high as No. 16 nationally. LaFronz was named the NJAC Coach of the Year and the team set another program record by winning 14-straight games at the start of the season. Each of Kean's losses came against teams ranked in the Top-20. The Cougars advanced to the ECAC Championship final.
LaFronz guided the Cougars to 14 wins in 2015, the fourth-most ever by a Kean squad. Senior Marissa Robinson was an All-American on the field and an academic All-American as well. She is the third All-American in Kean program history. Krista LaMaina smashed the team’s scoring record and the Cougars won both the Connie Harnum Classic and Wilson College Invitational in 2015.
The program enjoyed one of the most accomplished years in its history in 2013. The Cougars won 15 games with a .750 winning percentage; both tied for the second-best marks in the history of the program. Kean also tied a school-record with eight shutouts and for a long stretch of the season the Cougars were the No. 1 statistical defense in the NCAA. Kean hosted all three rounds of the ECAC Tournament.
The Cougars consistently rank among the best in the country in numerous NCAA statistical categories year in and year out.
LaFronz was tabbed as the head coach of the Kean field hockey program in the fall of 2009. She came to Kean with over 20 years of coaching experience at the high school, club and collegiate levels. She most recently served as the head coach of both the field hockey and women's lacrosse programs at Ramapo College from 2003-2008. Prior to her time at Ramapo, she spent 10 years as the varsity head coach at Wayne Valley High School and was named the County Coach of the Year on four occasions. In addition to her coaching duties, LaFronz was the athletic academic coordinator for Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan from 1992-1999.
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As a full-scholarship student-athlete at Northwestern University, LaFronz competed in the NCAA Division I tournament all four seasons as a field hockey player and for two seasons while playing women's lacrosse. Her field hockey team advanced all the way to the Final Four in 1984 and she was a First-Team All-Big Ten defender for the Wildcats.
LaFronz currently owns Rapid Fire Field Hockey, a year-round field hockey business that assists in the development of the youth, including summer camps, instructional clinics and league play. In 2012, Rapid Fire introduced beach hockey events, the first of their kind in the United States.
LaFronz earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1985 and is a Level 2 USA Certified Coach.