Anne Noone Adams M'84
Anne Noone Adams M'84
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 9th
Alma Mater: Vermont '80

Anne Noone Adams M'84 returns to the Saint Michael's field hockey program for her ninth season as an assistant coach in 2019 after a legendary 13-year head coaching career at the College.

Since her return to the sidelines as an assistant, the 2014 season was the program's most successful, as the Purple Knights posted their highest overall and Northeast-10 Conference win totals in six years, with a 9-9 season that included a 5-6 league record. On the strength of knocking off 10th-ranked Merrimack College, a 2013 NCAA Tournament Final Four qualifier, and No. 9 Saint Anselm College during consecutive early October outings, Saint Michael's was nationally ranked for four weeks, climbing as high as the ninth position. In 2015, the Purple Knights went 8-10, which included an upset of No. 7 Assumption College, 2-1 in overtime.

Saint Michael's posted a 6-12 mark in 2016, playing a school-record seven overtime contests, with five of those games ending in setbacks. In 2017, Saint Michael's finished 7-11 overall and 3-9 in the NE10, with their seven shutouts - including a 1-0 shootout loss to Southern New Hampshire after 100 scoreless minutes - the most since 2001. The Purple Knights opened the year by taking No. 1 Shippensburg University to overtime in a 2-1 setback to the eventual national champion. Despite employing a largely inexperienced cast, 14 of the Purple and Gold's 19 contests were decided by two goals or fewer in 2018, including a narrow 2-1 loss to No. 1 Shippensburg, which later won its third consecutive national title. The Purple Knights registered an .800 save percentage, good for second in the NE10 and fifth in NCAA Division II. Saint Michael's took 10th-ranked Assumption College to penalty strokes in an early-October outing.

Adams coached Saint Michael's between 1985 and 1997, with her teams posting a 127-79-8 mark during those 13 seasons, and she completed her career as the winningest coach in program history. The program, which did not play in a conference during her first 11 years, qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament four times, winning the crown in 1988. That team was the first women's squad to win a championship in the history of athletics at the College.

In 1996, the first year the Northeast-10 Conference sponsored a field hockey tournament, Adams led the team to a 5-1 league mark and a spot in the first NE10 Championship title game.

Adams played on two of the earliest Purple Knight teams, in 1976 and 1977, before playing her final two years at the University of Vermont. She has twice been enshrined in the Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame, first as an individual in 2006 and again with the 1988 field hockey team in 2010.

Adams earned her master's degree from the College in 1984.