Laura Knorr Moliken

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As a senior at William Penn High School in 1989, Laura was Delaware’s Female Athlete of the Year. This honor capped an illustrious three-sport career that saw Laura earn 12 varsity letters, seven
All – State selections including first team All-State in field hockey, basketball and softball her senior year as well as first team All -American honors in field hockey and honorable mention
All-American honors in basketball. The softball team won three state titles during Laura’s career. Her field hockey team ousted perennial champion Tower Hill in 1988 for the state title on Laura’s
overtime goal.

This unbelievable career can only be topped by her collegiate exploits at Old Dominion University. There, Moliken was a four–year starter on field hockey teams that went 98-4-1 and won NCAA
Championships in 1990, 1991, and 1992. In Laura’s junior and senior seasons, ODU won 51 straight games. As a senior, she was team captain and 2nd team All-American. She still ranks 25th among NCAA
goal scorers. Moliken was named head field hockey coach at William Penn in 1995 and led the Colonials to the 1997 state championship game. Her record in four seasons was 45-18-8.

Laura became head field hockey coach at Ursinus College in 1999 and built the Bears into an NCAA powerhouse. In 11 seasons, Moliken’s teams made six straight NCAA tournament appearances, winning
the Division III national title in 2006 with a 21-3 record, for which Moliken earned national Division III Coach of the Year honors.



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