Jennings Receives Contract Extension

Athena Argyropoulos and Steve Jennings

WASHINGTON – American University Athletics announced Wednesday that it has extended the contract of field hockey head coach Steve Jennings, according to Dr. Billy Walker, AU's Director of Athletics and Recreation.

Terms of the new deal were not announced, but the extension is for five years and will take Jennings through the 2023 season.

"I am very thankful to American University and in particular to President Sylvia Burwell, Athletic Director Dr. Billy Walker and Senior Women's Administrator Athena Argyropoulos for extending their incredible support to not just our program but to me personally," said Jennings.

"I am extremely proud to be an Eagle and feel extraordinarily lucky to be given the opportunity to continue to share my passion for the game with the incredible student-athletes — both current and former — we have in our program. I look forward to the years ahead as we attempt to push our limits and achieve great things."

Jennings has certainly achieved great things in his 20 seasons at American. He is 254-138 (.648) at American. Under his leadership, the Eagles have won 10 Patriot League championships and have appearances in 10 NCAA championships. He has been voted the PL Coach of the Year nine times.

The culture of his program also creates excellence in the classroom. In the 18 seasons American has been a member of the Patriot League, the Eagles have won 10 PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and have been among the top five nationally in team GPA in 11 of the last 15 seasons, including three as No. 1.

"I'm thrilled that Coach Steve Jennings agreed to be our head field hockey coach going forward," said Walker. "Take one look at Steve's program and you see nothing but success — on the field, in the classroom, in the community and as graduates. 

"Steve's cerebral approach to the game is truly unique. He has a rare gift that enables him to connect personally with each individual student-athlete on his roster. Coach Jennings is a special coach and we're excited to have him on our sideline for the long haul."

In addition to his outstanding record in the collegiate game, Jennings has been part of Team USA on an international scale, serving as a member of the coaching staff for two Olympics.

Jennings is a native of Bethesda, Md., and attended Walter Johnson High School. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.