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Kristy Hartman-Mumma returns for her fifth year as the head coach of UMBC Field Hockey.
Recently married to UMBC Baseball Assistant Coach Bob Mumma, Hartman-Mumma likens her outlook on her new lifestyle to her experience with field hockey. “Before the wedding, I naively thought that after the wedding, my life would be less busy,” she said. “Now that it has passed, I actually feel busier, but not more stressed, as I feel like Bob and I are working toward a common goal. Much like coaching, I thought that becoming a full-time coach would fix everything, but now, I still feel that I never have enough time to do everything. Instead, I realized that I have raised my expectations because I see more opportunity for the team, and because I have seen them come so far, I have set high goals and demand so much dedication, drive and determination.”
A former member of the Retriever Club team, Hartman-Mumma has directed the overall progression of UMBC’s field hockey program at the Division I level. Following a difficult inaugural season in 2000, in which the Retrievers finished at 0-11, Hartman-Mumma’s squad steadily improved and narrowly missed the opportunity to advance to Northeast Conference post-season play in 2003. Last year, UMBC entered the much more competitive America East Conference, and ended the season at 2-14, with seven of their losses coming by a one-point deficit. This year, Hartman-Mumma once again brings in the largest incoming class in school history.
“For the first time, we have six Division I seniors that really bring a lot of experience to the table,” said Hartman-Mumma. “Mixing that with the talent of the newcomers, we have a chance to finally settle in at this level.”
This past summer, Hartman-Mumma spent her fifth consecutive summer traveling to
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Currently, Hartman-Mumma serves as a multi-site Futures Coach and Regional Tournament selector, and is well-known in the Baltimore-Washington area for organizing summer camps, speaking to youth groups, and promoting community-based hockey programs. When she finds time, Hartman-Mumma also continues to play as much as possible with the Baltimore Field Hockey Association and other local clubs.
Hartman-Mumma, a 1999 graduate of UMBC, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems. In high school, she helped lead her Severna Park Falcons team to the State Championship title. Currently, the Falcons, under the direction of National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Famer Lil Shelton, still hold the record for most state championship titles with 17.
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