Greene coach reaches milestone

Patrick Newell

It was a little over 10 years ago I was writing about another Greene coach reaching a milestone for field hockey victories. Nancy Bromley, the reserved, quiet leader who started the Trojans’ storied program almost 35 years ago, won her 300th career game. Revered and respected by everyone in the Central New York region, Bromley was awarded the ultimate accolade in Section IV sports when she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Perhaps in another 10 years (or less), a disciple of Bromley will join her on that select Hall list. Sue Carlin, who is in her eighth season coaching Greene, joined an exclusive club of 300-game winners when the Trojans blanked Cortland 5-0 on Monday. Earlier this year, Marathon’s Karen Funk won her 300th game, and while I can’t give a precise number of wins Jan Conover of Afton is likely in the 300-win club as well. That makes just four coaches in the history of Section IV field hockey in rarefied territory. Funny thing, Carlin had no idea where she stood with career wins, although she did admit to a moment of reflection when Funk reached 300 wins. “I wondered how many wins I had,” Carlin said, who in typical fashion deferred attention away from herself an on her kids after Monday’s monumental victory. Carlin’s win total isn’t simply a product of longevity – as she joked on Monday – but a testament to consistently fielding winning programs. The former Greene player under Bromley in the early years of Section IV field hockey, Carlin directed Maine-Endwell for 14 seasons leading the Spartans to a pair of state titles. She came on board at Greene succeeding Nancy Barrows, and won a state title in 2003. She has had Greene in the section finals almost every season, and continues to remain as humble a coach as you will find. And at 50 years old, she is still going strong as the Trojans are again among the top teams in Section IV. Reaching 400 wins may seem implausible, but don’t count Carlin out – and don’t expect her to count the wins for you either!